Sunday, 22 December 2013

West End Window Spotting

On Friday, 20th December, at Blackness Library, William Monk of Blackness Primary was awarded a year's Family Membership of the Friends and a voucher from Harris Education and Recreation Association as the prize for his winning entry into the Window Spotting Competition. 
HOLLY Good, William!

from the Committee

All good wishes for  a happy and peaceful Christmas and a flourishing New Year

Monday, 2 December 2013

December's Plant of the Month

Citrus maxina (Pomelo, Shaddock)

Family: Rutaceae  Origin: Southeast Asia Accession: 1981

Find it in the tropical glass house

Thursday, 28 November 2013

All sorts of interesting things happen in the garden.
Today, members of the British Trust for Ornithology were ringing birds.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Friends will have a stall at the West End Community Fayre on Saturday 23 November from 10am to 12 noon at Dundee West Church, 132 Perth Road

Free entry - come along and find out how you can become involved in helping Dundee University Botanic Garden

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Prize Draw

West End Christmas Fortnight Window Spotting Competition

Rules of Entry : You must be aged under 16 and resident in Dundee. Visit each of the windows of the shops in Perth Road (between Tartan Coffee House and the Sinderins junction – both sides of the road) and write the name of the shop in which you find each of the letters of the word :
Then place your completed entry in the Prize Draw box in either of the following Perth Road shops – Lynn’s Barber Shop or Andrew Bolton Opticians (or Gallery Q in Nethergate or The Hardware Shop in Blackness Road or the Visitors' Centre at the Garden,   by Monday 9th December at the latest. 

All correct entries will be entered into the Prize Draw 
The winner will receive Free Family Membership for a year 
and a Gift Voucher for £20. 
 Good Luck!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

October's minutes

The minutes of the Friends' October meeting are now posted. Note: November's minutes will be posted in January as no meeting is taking place in December. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

November's plant of the month

Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree)

Family: Ginkgoaceae   Origin: Eastern China   Accession: 1978
find it in the Evolution Garden. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Plant of the month

Euonymus oxyphyllus (Korean Spindle Tree)

Family: Celastraceae      Origin: Japan, Korea      Accession: 1985
find it in the Asian plant area

Fund - raising Event

 Choosing  Wines for Christmas 

 A wine tasting at Aitken's Warehouse 
Unit 7, Annfield Row, Dundee.  

Friday, 15th November
7.15 - 9.15 p.m.  
  Cost £15 per person.     
Booking essential 
Cheques made payable to "Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden"  should be sent to Frances Tait c/o University Botanic Garden, Riverside Drive, Dundee DD2 1QH 
or telephone 01382 665719

Saturday, 19 October 2013


Sylvia speaks for all of us in saying "I thought I would like to put something on the blog to say thanks to Hugh Ingram, John Stocks and Paul Gault for a well presented and interesting Newsletter"

Friday, 18 October 2013

The macro/micro building in the Garden is making progress - next step the solar panels on the roof

Thursday, 3 October 2013


The Minutes for August are published.

Monday, 30 September 2013

October lecture

University Afternoon Lecture

Wednesday, 16th October
 at 2.15 PM in the Tower Building.

 Dr Tony Miller of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh will give a lecture on reclamation and regeneration of the Marshes of Iraq,  
The entrance fee will be £2. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Garden revealed

Before the AGM the Friends took a tour of the new entrance and western boundary and the amazing macro/micro building ...


The AGM took place after a talk about the new Macro/Micro building and a tour of the the changes to the  entrance, western boundary, and allotment area, You can read Frances's Letter to the Friends and check out the new Committee.
The next Committee meeting will be in October after which September's minutes will be posted on the web.

Monday, 2 September 2013

September's Plant of the Month

Hydrangea aspera

Family: Hydrangaceae             Origin: China                    Accession: 1975

find it opposite the entrance to the Evolution Garden

Sunday, 25 August 2013


The July Minutes are ready to view. 

The AGM will be held at the Education Centre at 7.0 pm on Wednesday, 18th September. The Curator will give a guided tour of the developments round the entrance starting at 5.30 pm and this will be followed by light refreshments before the meeting begins. 
Friends and those who have yet to become Friends are encouraged to attend!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Scotland in Bloom

The judges being shown round  the allotments and new entrance by Alasdair and Frances. 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Plant of the month

Actaea racemosa (syn. Cimicifuga racemosa)
Family: Ranunculaceae         Origin: East N. America        Accession: 1984
Find it in North American Plants

Wednesday, 31 July 2013


PLANTS & GEOGRAPHY: talks and drinks reception. 

Friday August 16th 2013 at 2.30 pm
Botanic Garden Education Centre

  • Neil Paterson (Botanic Garden) “Biogeography: Darwin, Wallace, Evolution and the Dundee Botanic Garden”
  • Mark Cutler (Geography)Dr Mark Cutler is Head of Geography and has a special interest in remote sensing of lakes and tropical forests
  • John Rowan (Geography):John Rowan is Professor of Physical Geography and researches into the sensitivity and resilience of environments to change
This event is free but places are limited so please book. Telephone 01382 381190

Thursday, 25 July 2013


The Minutes of the June meeting are now available.


Dundee Green Party 

are hosting a talk by 
Dr Neil Burford, Senior Lecturer in Department of Education at Dundee University, 
about the new Macro-micro building in the Garden, as part of their AGM, 
on Monday September 9th at 7pm.

It will be in the Education Centre in the Garden and the Greens are inviting Friends of the Garden to join them.

As space is limited please e-mail if you plan to come - Thanks

Friday, 12 July 2013

As a volunteer in the garden it's very rewarding to see the results of your work - especially when the seedlings were as tiny as these

These seedlings were pricked out 2 weeks ago, and were almost too small to handle. The seeds were collected in Australia by the Curator last year, so even more pressure to get them to grow!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

July's Plant

Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. niphophila (Snow Gum)
Family: Myrtaceae                Origin: SE Australia        Accession: 1985
Location: Australasian plants

Friends' outing 30 June

Some members of the Friends visited the beautiful garden at Garden Cottage, Dunnichen on 30 June

Examining the seedheads of cardiocrinum

Thursday, 20 June 2013

May minutes

Now published!

Saturday, 15 June 2013


Congratulations to the organisers for a splendid day! The Friends' plant sale raised over £100 for the Garden and attracted a good deal of interest from gardeners and non-gardeners alike. 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Plant of the month: JUNE

Sorbus alnifolia var. submollis (Alder-leaved Whitebeam)
Family: Rosaceae                 Origin: China                  Accession: 1982

find it in the native hillside section 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Can we do better?

The plant sale raised £800 so can we do even better in June? 
The Friends will be taking part in the 
WestFest Big Sunday, 9th June, 
selling plants 
from 1 - 4 pm.on Magdalen Green 

If you can support the Friends by offering plants for sale please bring them along to the Green after 11.30 am that morning.  

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Thank you

to all those of you who supported the Friends' Plant Sale, Despite the showers we sold a record number of plants, enjoyed some fascinating conversations, and made a healthy contribution towards funding for the Garden. 

If you missed the sale this time don't despair. We'll be selling more plants on 
Magdalen Green during WestFest's Big Sunday on 9th June. 


Perfect weather for planting!

Choose a challenge or indulge in the exotic!
Sale of plants TODAY from 12.0 - 3.0 

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Plant of the month


Trillium grandiflorum (American wake-robin)

find it in the American section 

Family: Melanthiaceae    Origin: Eastern North America

Trillium are herbaceous perennials with erect stems bearing a whorl of ovate or diamond-shaped leaves, with one or more erect or nodding flowers borne at the tip in spring. T. grandiflorum is a vigorous perennial forming a large clump of erect stems each carrying a whorl of three broadly ovate leaves and a solitary terminal flower to 10cm across, with three recurved white petals.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Plant Sale on 11th May

Calling all Friends....

Donations of plants labelled and potted if possible should be brought to the Botanic Garden anytime after 10.00 a.m. on Friday 10th May or
 on Saturday before the Plant Sale from 10.00 am. 

If you can help on Friday to receive the plants or on Saturday during the Sale 
please phone Frances on 665719

Monday, 22 April 2013

Plant Sale

For the unusual, the exotic, the excellent value, come to the 

 Friends' Annual Plant Sale 

 at the Garden 
Saturday 11th May 
between 12.0 am and 3,0 pm

Saturday, 20 April 2013

As a volunteer in the garden it's very pleasing to see the results - a tray of plants from cuttings taken last autumn. Well, apart from the yellow leaved one bottom right!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

A busy morning volunteering in the Garden
Hopefully the sun will shine and we can all enjoy the flowers in a couple of months.

Monday, 8 April 2013

No Fun

The Family Fun Day due to take place on Saturday has been cancelled. 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

April's plant of the month

Primula elatior (Oxlip)
Family: Primulaceae        Origin: Central & Southern Europe         Accession: 2011
flowering in the Native Woodland area now.

Family Fun Day

The 13 of April will see the Garden host its annual family fun day from 10am to 4pm.

Entry charges will apply and the day should be full of activity for all.

I hope to see you there.


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Friends on line

As Friends will read in their Newsletter, we have set up a web site on Group Spaces to enable the committee to contact by email those Friends who join the group  If you would like to take part please follow the link on the panel to the right.
We hope that we can use the system to cut down on our very expensive postal charges Equally important is being able to notify the Friends of events in the Garden and to consult on the ways the Friends choose to contribute towards the development of the Garden. 

Also on the right is the link to MyDonate, which is the on-line method of renewing membership fees. It's very easy to use and you don't have to register if you don't wish to do so!   More information about  MyDonate is on a separate page. 

Friday, 22 March 2013


The Grampian & Tayside Group of Plant Heritage
Saturday 30th March 2pm
The Education Centre, Dundee Botanic Garden
Riverside Drive, Dundee DD2 1QH 
A Tour of Scotland's Rich Heritage of 'Useful Plants'
 By Greg Kenicer
Head of Education, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Tickets on the door or by advance booking. £4
To make a booking or for more details, contact Sue Hewer on 01575 560259 or

Come along and join RBGE’s Gregory Kenicer for a whirlwind tour through Scotland’s ‘useful plant heritage’ as seen through the eyes of everyone from the first hunter-gatherers to the gentlemen botanists of the Enlightenment. Scotland’s useful wild plants are superbly versatile, and we’re very lucky to have excellent accounts of their traditional uses. The spread from pragmatic everyday food and materials, to mainstays of local economies, to weird and wonderful magical cures adds a fascinating dimension to the plants beyond our gardens.

If you've heard Greg speak before, you'll know that this is going to be a really good one!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Plant of the month - March

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’
Family: Adoxaceae           Origin: Garden              Accession: 1974
find it at the end of the rose garden 
Viburnum x bodnantense is the result of a cross between V. farreri  and V. grandiflorum. The cross was originally made by Charles Lamont, Assistant Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh in 1933, but was not widely propagated until 1935 when the same cross was made at Bodnant, hence the name of the hybrid. ‘Dawn’ was the first named form, and ‘Charles Lamont’ was subsequently named as one of the original seedlings raised at Edinburgh.
A medium to large deciduous shrub, it has a strong upright habit when young, later arching outwards gracefully. Ample clusters of exquisitely fragrant, rose-tinted flowers are produced in winter, before the leaves appear in spring. The foliage also turns an attractive bronze in autumn.
Originally thought to belong to the family Caprifoliaceae, recent studies using DNA sequencing have shown Viburnum to be a member of the family Adoxaceae.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Email address

Up to now we have not been able to make use of email to inform those Friends' happy to be contacted in this way about forthcoming events and matters of general concern to the Garden. Hopefully this is about to change - details will be published in the next Newsletter due out around Easter. 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Plant of the Month


Hamamelis mollis (Chinese Witch Hazel)
Family: Hamamelidaceae         Origin: China           Accession: 1978

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Afternoon talk

 The Garden's Curator, Alasdair Hood, will give a talk about his adventures Down Under 
in the Visitors' Centre
on Wednesday, 6th February from 1 - 2 PM

This is the first time we have held a Friends; meeting at lunchtime so please come along and show your support. Visitors' welcome too!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!