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Dundee Botanic Garden (3)


By david


Linked to the tropical glasshouse (biome) is a temperate collection, mainly cacti and aloes, but with some other flowering plants.

Fan Aloe (Aloe plicatilis)

“Prickly Pear”, too, of course.

Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica). Also known as Indian Fig or Barbary Fig


“Sydney Golden Wattle” (Acacia longifolia)

Oxalis herrerae

Senecio petasites

Well, we had a marvellous “world tour”, courtesy of the treasures in this marvellous location. This valuable resource was in danger of closure recently, due to funding difficulties. Am pleased to say that this threat has been lifted, and this botanical garden remains an important local source for study, education, and sheer pleasure.

I “doff my hat” to all involved with the upkeep of such places, from paid staff, to volunteers, to groups involved with projects, to “The Friends” of these wonderful gardens, and, no less importantly, catering staff!


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So many places are experiencing financial difficulties these days. I'm glad they could overcome the problem here, and be able to remain open. It is a wonderful place and I'm glad you were able to visit and show us the photos of it.

11 Mar, 2010


Thanks 4 showing us the pics david..... glad it is still ok to open....

11 Mar, 2010


Very interesting David .. I have a prickly pear , after seeing your blog I don't know how it's survived for so long , it's in the back porch the heats not at a constant temp. luck I suppose , also it's not the size of those in the Botanical glasshouses .....

11 Mar, 2010


Again an interesting blog, David. The Fan Aloe seemed like a Lupin when I first saw the photo! I realised almost at once it wasn't! The Senecio also reminded me of another plant, the Wax Flower.

So glad to hear that the garden won't be closing after all, these botanical gardens often have treasures found few places, if nowhere else.

11 Mar, 2010


I`m glad they managed to stay open after all, its too nice a place to have to close. :o)

11 Mar, 2010


I quite agree, Lab. It would be a tragedy to close it!

11 Mar, 2010


As a lot of us Southerners will probably never make it to Dundee in person I'm sure we all really appreciate your smashing blogs. Keep up the good work!

25 Mar, 2010


Many Thanks, Wagger, and all. Yes, it would have been a great loss to Dundee if this garden had closed. A lot of Dundee's heritage and former merchant wealth is closely connected with the jute industry, and also has a rich maritime history, but, like many industrial centres, has fallen on hard times, and does not now, perhaps, have an enviable reputation. I, for one, love visitng, and there are many lovely parks and gardens which I have never been to, yet.

26 Mar, 2010

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