Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Friends had a stand at the Dundee Flower & Food Festival from 1-3 September. A great opportunity for members to volunteer to raise awareness of the Garden, the Botanic Garden Endowment Trust, and the Friends. Bob Sutherland from the Garden and his colleagues created a great display, which earned a Silver Gilt Medal certificate.



















Sunday, 3 September 2017

Plant of the month September 2017

Nicotiana mutabilis (Tobacco plant)
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Brazil
Annual
Location: Evolution Garden



Nicotiana can be annuals, biennials, perennials or shrubs, with simple, alternate leaves and tubular or salver-shaped, often fragrant flowers borne in racemes or panicles in summer or autumn. N. mutabilis is an upright half-hardy annual to 1.5m tall with a basal rosette of large, oval leaves. In summer, airy clouds of trumpet-shaped flowers are borne on branching stems changing colour as they age from white through shades of pink. Good for cut flowers, it grows best in fertile soil in full sun. All parts of the plant are toxic.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Friends' Anthology Project, 2nd Focus Day

The second focus day for the Friends' Anthology project will take place on 19th August in the botanic garden. This project offers local writers, poets, artists and photographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work by submitting it for inclusion in an anthology scheduled to appear in the spring of 2019. Further details can be found at the Project web site.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The JOOT Theatre Company entertained us to a very Mad Hatter's tea party last month.
Thanks to Rob Watt for letting us share his photos.

The Mad Hatter

The Cheshire Cat

Alice with the White Rabbit

The Mad Hatter

The Queen of Hearts


Alice in conversation with an admirer
The Cheshire Cat tries to escape but no luck


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Plant of the month August 2017

Agapanthus campanulatus (African lily)
Family: Alliacea
Origin: Temperate South Africa
Accession: 1986
Location: Outside glasshouse

A. campanulatus is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, forming vigorous clumps to 1m tall, with narrow, strap-like leaves and erect stems bearing umbels of trumpet-shaped, lavender-blue flowers in summer. It is native to mountain grassland areas of South Africa and dies down in winter to re-emerge the following spring. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun; in exposed sites it needs some winter protection.

Friends' Anthology Project, 2nd Focus Day

The second focus day for the Friends' Anthology project will take place on 19th August. This project offers local writers, poets, artists and photographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work by submitting it for inclusion in an anthology scheduled to appear in the spring of 2019. Further details can be found at the Project web site.