To celebrate 50 years of the Dundee Botanic Garden, a collection of pictures and word reflections have been collated to recognise the gardens through the eyes and thoughts of its frequent visitors.

The new book, Our Botanic Garden, A Place to Bloom, brings the work of both professional and amateur artists, photographers and writers together.

Dr Mark McGilchrist, Chair, Friend of the University Botanic Garden and Principle Professor David Maguire holding the anthology

While the book is being launched this year, it has been in the works since 2017 by the Friends of the University Botanic Garden with the hopes of raising awareness of the gardens as well as funds to support its ongoing role in education and conservation. Comprising stories, poetry, sketches as well as paintings in order to reflect visitors’ emotional responses to the garden in all its seasons.

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Dr Mark McGilchrist, Chair, Friends of the University Botanic Garden, said, “We are delighted to launch our anthology. It is a beautifully presented book and a wonderful gift of time and personal contribution to the University of Dundee Botanic Garden.”

Professor David Maguire, Interim Principal of the University of Dundee, added, “It is with great pleasure in my leadership capacity that I can introduce this anthology on the eve of the garden’s 50th year.”

The Dundee Botanic Garden was opened in 1971 and attracts around 80,000 visitors each year. Boasting a wide range of plants, including collections of conifers and broad-leaved trees and shrubs.

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