Gardens Classroom

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The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens are funding, through the earlier generous legacy by the late Maureen Bell, a new outdoor classroom.

We were also fortunate in obtaining funding from the “Tesc0 Bags Scheme” and the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow

In the refurbished Fern Garden just to the West of the Main Range it will include seating for 50 people, access for those with a disability and a central small performance area to be used by the teachers and Louise the Gardens Education officer. It will also be used as a small events area. 


Friends new Logo !

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The Friends are re-launching this year with a brand new Logo !

With the generous support of Graven Images in Glasgow we have a bright, colourful Logo showcasing our priority to support and develop the plant collections in both in the glasshouses and the Gardens.

You will now begin to see this in the Gardens and on our publications, including a new Membership application form which will be available in the Kibble Palace in early April 2017

Glasgow Botanic Gardens Bi-Centenary

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On May 20th 2017 the Gardens reaches its 200th birthday and will be celebrating this momentous occasion with many activities in the Gardens for all to enjoy.

More than 20 different organisations will be inviting you to find out about their activities, see the heavy horses and much more – especially for the younger visitors. 

A major time-line exhibition charting the development of the Gardens will be on show in the Kibble Palace and remaining there at least for the remainder of 2017  

Book Fair

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Come along and browse through a large selection of books old and new. The Book Fair will be taking place in the Hopkirk building on the 11th and 12th of February. Opening hours 10 am to 4.30 pm.


Magical Enchanted Secret Garden Fair

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Bohemia is delighted to host their Magical Enchanted Secret Garden Fair at the stunning Kibble Palace Glasgow Botanics. A Wonderful mix of Arts Crafts ( Fairies, Magical Unicorns, Alice in Wonderland theme), and a few Select Holistic Natural Therapy stalls (Colour therapy , Crystals). Free Entry. A lovely Family Day out in these beautiful surroundings. For those who love to Browse buy Quality Hand made and still Believe in Magic! Enjoy this unique Fair. Times are 11-4pm .

Any enquiries please email the Organiser:

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Botanical Expedition to Vietnam 2016

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Vietnam Image

The Gardens’ Curator, Will Ritchie, will be taking part in an expedition to the Bắc Kỳ region of Vietnam next week to study and help conserve the native flora. The expedition team will be visiting four biodiversity rich sites in the region to collect seeds and cuttings to support ex situ conservation efforts in botanic gardens across the UK. The trip will build upon a previous expedition to the region in 2014 when over 500 samples were collected, which included the critically endangered Aesculus wangii.


(Photo: A view across a mountain range taken during the last expedition to the region in 2014 credit: Richard Baines)

The three week expedition will include highlights such as Phan Xi Păng, the highest mountain in Indochina, and Bạch Mộc Lương Tử, a mountain range only discovered in 2012. The team, which is comprised of horticulturalists from four UK-based botanic gardens, will be joined by colleagues from the Institute of Ecology & Biological Resources, Hanoi who will provide highly valuable logistics and local expertise.

The Gardens has already been involved in conservation of the Vietnamese flora, an example of such is the specimen of the endangered Xanthocyparis vietnamensis on the Pine Lawn. The expedition will however result in a significant diversification of the Gardens current collections and specimens will be available for conservation, education, research and display purposes.

Looking forward to the expedition, Will commented: “The expedition will be an opportunity for the Gardens to re-focus our collections to make sure the specimens we hold are relevant to contemporary conservation programmes and research. We are a relatively small botanic garden, but we too have a role to play in protecting the world’s flora. Will continued by saying “Some of the plants that we are likely to encounter are highly ornamental, and some may be new to science. Over the coming years I would imagine you would start to see some really beautiful specimens start to appear in the Gardens, both in the glasshouses and outside. We list the country of origin on the labels, look out for Vietnam.”

To keep up-to-date with all the adventures in Vietnam, visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Botanic Stories webpage at <> or follow Will on Twitter <@willdritchie>.