A Gar­den Gone Global

A stun­ning and com­pre­hen­sive round-the-world tour in plant form

The Scots Magazine - - Focus On… Dundee -

THE Botanic Gar­den of the Univer­sity of Dundee is one of the city’s ma­jor at­trac­tions, wel­com­ing more than 80,000 vis­i­tors each year. South-fac­ing and sit­u­ated in the west end of the city, you can en­joy a pleas­ant wan­der amongst acres of beau­ti­ful conifers, trees and shrubs.

“The gar­den hosts a first-class col­lec­tion of trees from all around the world,” says the gar­den’s ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Doc­tor Neil Pater­son. “Gi­ant red­woods, coastal red­woods and Aus­tralian eu­ca­lyp­tus trees, com­plete with their aro­matic smell. We even have our own ver­sion of the Scots pine-dom­i­nated Great Cale­do­nian For­est plus mon­key puz­zles from seeds col­lected in Chile.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, botanic gar­dens weren’t in­ter­ested in na­tive species, but we bucked the trend by con­cen­trat­ing on them from the start. How­ever, species from around the world were also in­cluded so both grew to­gether.”

The trees form an in­te­gral part of the gar­den’s round-the-world tour, where you can move from the Mediter­ranean area to the Aus­tralian and New Zealand sec­tion via Amer­ica and Asia.

“My favourite part is our uniquely large na­tive plants area which fea­tures eight Tay­side habi­tats,” con­tin­ues Neil. “You can walk from the glens to the sea tak­ing in heath­land, oak­wood, the Great Cale­do­nian For­est, nu­tri­ent-rich lochs and sand dunes.

“The huge glasshouse that stands promi­nently at the en­trance to the gar­den is a tour all to it­self, dom­i­nated by

The Vic­to­rian wa­ter lily at the Gar­den

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