About the Friends

The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens was established as a charitable organisation in the early 1990’s and formally our aim is “the enhancement of education for the public benefit by supporting and furthering the activities of Glasgow Botanic Gardens as a centre for education, research and public amenity”

  • We organise a winter programme of talks for the Friends; guest speakers provide enjoyable accounts of specialised plant collections, great gardens, horticultural practice and environmental issues; this programme culminates each year with the Kibble Lecture in April which is open to all.
  • We organise group visits to major gardens in Scotland, both public and private.
  • To assist in our own horticultural knowledge, the Friends have access to the extensive library within the Gardens.
  • Our fundraising is directed towards the enhancement of the plant collections within the Gardens and the provision of education and information programmes for all ages. Recently we have bought thousands of crocuses for the replanting of the bank in front of the Main Range, seeds for wildflower meadows and bedding plants. We have supported a Certificate in Practical Horticulture (open to all) and funded opportunities for staff to develop their knowledge and skills. Currently we are supporting the development of an outdoor classroom for all ages.

Above all, we all enjoy meeting and our favourite subject – plants, gardens and landscapes!!

Whether you are skilled in any of the above or are novices wanting to learn more, we welcome all to join the Friends as individuals or as a family.

The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a charity registered in Scotland: OSCR registration SC0226222