Monday, 12 January 2015


Sunday 18 January 2015. At 2pm in the Education Centre in the Garden, Graham Haig will give an illustrated talk on a recent visit to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. Friends free; visitors £2.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January: Plant of the Month

Quercus x turneri (Turner’s Oak)

Family: Fagaceae      Origin: UK      Accession: 1974
find it among the Americas
Note the lichens: these are composite organisms formed from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a mutually beneficial (symbiotic) relationship, They are sensitive to industrial air pollution and have long been used as a means of monitoring air quality.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Fit for Fifteen

Well, quite a few of the Friends  made a good start, including a respectable turnout from the gym "Good Health and Fitness." The best time for three laps of the Garden (2.4 miles) was just over 20 minutes. The junior champion was two and a half years old and managed two complete laps.