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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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>.

Moth And Bat Night

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The Butterfly Conservation will be demonstrating how they trap & record moths and find out why they do it. Clyde Bat Group are also attending, to take you on a bat walk & tell you all about bats.


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Bohemia Bespoke Vintage Wedding Fair

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Bohemia is delighted to be hosting a Fairytale Bespoke Vintage Wedding Fair at the stunning Kibble Palace Heart of Glasgow Botanic Gardens. A beautiful Wedding location and a wonderful opportunity for Future Brides and Grooms and Families to come along and meet Local Artisan Bespoke Wedding Exhibitors over 40 Hand selected exhibitors who will be on hand Friendly, Helpful and Downright Inspiring! To help you plan your Special Day. Sample Wedding Cakes, See stunning Vintage Bespoke gowns, Hand created Crystal Tiaras, Wedding Stationary Favours , Florals and more.






Outing to the Plant Explorers and Branklyn NTS Gardens

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Friends of the Botanic Gardens Annual Outing this year will be to the Plant Explores Gardens and The Branklyn NTS Gardens in Perth.

The coach will depart Glasgow Botanic Gardens in the morning first arriving at the Explorers Garden in Pitlochry. Guests will have the chance to experience the wonderful woodland garden which celebrates the stories and results of Scottish Plant Hunters. The coach will then travel to the Branklyn NTS Garden which features two acres of magnificent garden, set on the side of Kinnoull Hill overlooking Perth. Branklyn holds an impressive collection of rare and unusual plants. This attractive garden, a haven of peace within walking distance of Perth, was developed by John and Dorothy Renton with the help of seed collections from plant hunters such as Forrest, Ludlow and Sherriff.

Transport will leave from the front of the Kibble Palace at 8.30am at a charge of £18.00 per person for the transport only. Pay your own entrance fee on the day. Friends may wish to bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, light refreshments can be purchased at the adjacent Pitlochry Theatre.

For more information please call – 0141 276 1614

Begonia Internship Position Available

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New internship opportunity at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Post: M.L. MacIntyre Begonia Trust Internship

Reports to: Will Ritchie, Curator

Start Date: Flexible start date from May – July 2016

Role Description

The National Plant Collection® of Begonia at Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a collection of national and international importance for conservation, research, education and display. The successful applicant will assist the Curator and horticultural staff in documenting and developing the collection. The internship is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is looking to develop a career in botanic garden horticulture, garden management or botany as the successful applicant will gain first-hand experience of curatorial practices, plant identification and have the opportunity to conduct horticultural research.


Labelling & Stocktaking: The intern will conduct a review of the collection checking attributes such as plant health, current location and current number of plants. Plant records will be maintained using BG-BASE, the Gardens collection management system. The intern will also use our new label printing system to ensure all specimens are properly labelled.

Data Capture: The intern will assist in improving plant records by collecting various forms of data such as taxonomic studies, distributions and horticultural notes. Specimens which are in flower will also be photographed and linked to the plant records.

Verification: The intern will work with the Curator to assess nomenclature currently assigned to specimens in the collection and verify whether the plant names utilised are appropriate. This task will involve comparison of specimens from the collection with herbarium samples and published descriptions.

Horticultural Project: The intern will develop a mini-project with horticultural staff to explore an area of Begonia cultivation which is of interest to them. The intern will be able to use the resources available at the Gardens and will be expected to write a short article for The Drumlin (The Gardens’ Newsletter) summarising their study.

Person Specifications

Essential Desired
An interest in developing a career in horticulture or botany
A basic understanding of plant taxonomy
A knowledge of horticulture in botanic gardens and the purpose of their plant collections
Experience with plant collections management software, such as BG-BASE or Iris-BG


The internship will consist of 210 hours of work experience over a period of six weeks. The intern will be awarded a stipend of £1,407.00 after completion of their designated hours.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the internship please send a CV and short email explaining why you would be a suitable candidate to Will Ritchie <>. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2016.

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Orchid Fair 2016

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The nineteenth annual Weekend Orchid Fair will be held at Glasgow Botanic Gardens on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th.

Entry to this popular event is free and open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on the Sunday.

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. In addition the Glasgow Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society will exhibit a range of plants to admire and buy

The Main Range of glasshouses will be open as usual from 10am until 6:00pm each day for visitors to enjoy the extensive tropical plant displays including Glasgow’s municipal orchid collection.




The Kibble Lecture | Colin Crosbie

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Kibble Lecture – The Garden at Wisley and the Wider Work of the RHS

Presented by the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society

The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens are excited to welcome Colin Crosbie, former Curator of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley, to Glasgow for the 2016 Kibble Lecture on Thursday, 21 April. Colin will be providing an overview of the RHS Garden Wisley and the wider work of the RHS.

This year’s Kibble Lecture is a must for any keen gardeners, Colin’s experience developing one of the premier gardens in the British Isles and horticultural knowledge will make for an interesting and insightful talk. Furthermore, the RHS is an excellent resource for home gardeners, schools and community groups and active across the region – come along to find out more.

All welcome.

Time: 7.30 pm

Date: Thursday, 21 April

Location: Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow

Cost: £5.00 (£3.00 for Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow)