Important Plant Health News (Updated 05/11/17)

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Update on the P. ramorum outbreak.

We have now removed the plants that were identified, by laboratory testing, as being infected with the pathogen.

Plant material was destroyed on site by burning (see pic below), in accordance with the best practice laid down by in Scottish Governments Plant Health Order.

We feel it is prudent to remove all the susceptible species from the two planting beds and work to complete this task is now ongoing.

Original Post 19/10/2017

Glasgow Botanic Gardens takes matters surrounding Plant Health and Biosecurity very seriously and co-operates closely with other partner agencies to maintain good standards and best practice.

A recent monitoring visit by the Scottish Government’s Plant Health Unit identified a possible problem with some of the Rhododendron plants in the garden.

Laboratory results have now identified a pathogen called Phytophthora ramorum on Rhododendron in two beds in the garden.

We have listed some Frequently Asked Questions below;

What is the disease?

Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum) is a fungus-like pathogen called a water mould. It causes extensive damage and death to a wide range of trees and other plants.

The generic name for the disease which it causes is Ramorum disease. The disease is known in the USA as ‘sudden oak death’ because different genetic forms of the P. ramorum organism from those present in the UK have caused significant damage to North American native oak and tanoak species. However, the genetic forms of the P. ramorum organism found in the United Kingdom have had little effect on Britain’s two native oak species: pedunculate or ‘English’ oak and sessile oak (Quercus robur and Q. petraea respectively).

Will the disease make me or my pet ill?

Phytophthora ramorum is not a risk to human or animal health but does pose a threat to a large number of plants within the Botanic Gardens Collections.

How did it get here?

The plants that are infected are mature and were planted twenty years ago so it’s not a disease that has been brought in from a horticultural nursery.

The disease is spread in water-splash, often near pathways, where infected material from footwear, paws or tyre tread comes into contact with the leaves of a susceptible host. Given the location of the infection on plants in Glasgow Botanic Gardens, this has been the probable cause.

What will happen now?

A Plant Health Order has been issued and the Botanic Gardens will now take immediate steps to remove and destroy the infected plants and other host plants in the immediate vicinity. A ban will be put in place on certain plants being moved from the gardens. We will not be replanting the areas with species that are susceptible to P. ramorum.

 Plant Health Inspections will continue until we receive an all clear notice.

How can I help?

You can help by;

~ Cleaning footwear, wheels, paws, etc. after other visiting sites such as gardens, country parks and plantation forestry.

~ Keeping to paths, not walking on borders or entering any cordoned-off areas

~ Not removing plant material from the site

~ Keeping dogs on short leads

~ Keeping well informed and using sources of further information (books, websites etc.) on pests and diseases and their control in your own garden!

For more information see

Thank You



Natural Perfume & Aromatherapy Workshop

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xperience & learn about the aromatic ingredients, where they come from & how they can support health & well-being in this practical, sensual workshop.

“This workshop is truly unique, fun and well worth treating yourself to if you want to smell and feel totally gorgeous!” Heather Hardy

Date: Sunday 3rd December, 2017

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Venue: Kibble Palace*, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, South Wing, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 OUE

*The workshop takes place in the south wing of the Kibble Palace glass house which has a ‘Canary Island’ theme, so the temperature is kept at 18 degrees – for more details on the beautiful venue see the website:

Cost: £45 – Price includes 1 x 10ml bespoke natural roll on perfume blend to take home, using the highest quality organic oils. There will be a short break during the workshop with fragrant tea and healthy snacks provided.

Special Offer: £80 for 2 tickets. It’s a lovely way to spend time with a friend or family member. Get in touch if you would like a ticket sent as a gift.

Extra Perfumes: If you would like to make more perfumes you can pay an extra £7 on the day (bespoke perfumes usually £15). They make beautiful unique Christmas gifts.



Spring 2018 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Course dates released

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Spring  2018

Course Details;

Saturday 17th March 2018 – CPH01 Looking at Plants

Saturday 24th March 2018 – CPH02 Soil Care

Saturday 7th April 2018 – CPH03 Feeding and Watering

Saturday 14th April 2018 – CPH04 Seed Propagation

Saturday 21st April 2018 – CPH05 Vegetative Propagation

Saturday 28th April 2018 – CPH06 Growing Media and Potting

Saturday 12th May 2018 – CPH07 Planting

Sunday 13th  May 2018 – CPH08 Pruning and Training

Saturday 19th May 2018 – Revision Session

Saturday 2ndJune 2018 – Assessment

To find out more details or to apply please see the CPH section under the education page on the website.

Guided Tour

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Guided tour led by a member of the Glass House Team. The tour provides and opportunity to visit the ‘Filmy Fern House’  and other areas not usually open to the public.

Meeting Point – Kibble Palace August 11th at 2pm.







Scottish Rural College

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Scottish Rural College is launching two new courses in Glasgow Botanic Gardens starting in September 2017

The Courses are  HNC Horticulture

                               HNC Garden Design

For more information go to 

Walks & Tours Taking Place for the Bicentenary Year

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HISTORY WALKS WITH PARK RANGERS                                

Monday 15 May 2pm                                                    

Friday 26 May 2pm                                                         

Wednesday 7 June 10.30am                                       

Monday 19 June 2pm                                                    

Tuesday 18 July 3pm                                                      

Wednesday 9 August 11am                                       

Monday 21 August 2pm                                                               

Tuesday 5 September 11am                                       

Wednesday 20 September 2pm                                               

Tuesday 3 October 2pm    


 5, 12, 19 May

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June

7, 14, 21, 28 July

4, 11, 18, 25 August

1, 8, 15, 22 September


Wednesday 14 June       Ewen Donaldson

Monday 3 July                Louise Bustard

Thursday 31 August       Ewen Donaldson

Tuesday 12 September   To be confirmed



MEETING POINT – Kibble Palace / FURTHER INFORMATION – Phone 0141 276 1614




Orchid Fair 2017

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The twentieth annual Weekend Orchid Fair will be held at Glasgow Botanic Gardens on Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th.

Entry to this popular event is free and open from 10am until 5pm.

Specialist orchid nurseries will be tempting you with their exquisite flowers and plants and offering advice on how to keep them should you need it.

The Scottish Orchid Society are putting on a display and giving talks and practical demonstrations.

The Main Range of glasshouses will be open as usual each day for visitors to enjoy the extensive tropical plant displays including Glasgow’s municipal orchid collection.