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Dundee University Botanic Garden and Camperdown Park. January.

We started the year as we mean to go on. A bracing walk in Camperdown Park to blow away the cobwebs and another look at Ulmus glabra Camperdownii, the weeping Wych or Scotch Elm. This is the original tree. All the Camperdown elms you see originated from this less than spectacular specimen. It may not be a beauty queen but it's the mummy and daddy of them all!

 

Ulmus glabra Camperdownii. The original pendulus Wych elm protected by a substantial fence of woven willow wands. Any you see anywhere in the world originally came from this diminutive specimen.

Our next port of call was the Botanic Garden. It is a young botanic garden, having sprung up in the seventies, however it is well developed and worth visiting at any time of the year. Hamamellis mollis, the Witch Hazel, is in full bloom and the scent is delicious. Trees which look really interesting at this time of year include Ginkgo biloba, the maiden hair tree. The structure of the branches and twigs make it stand out from other deciduous trees at this time.

 


Garraya elliptica, the tassle bush, is an excellent shrub for both evergreen foliage and the fact that it puts on a great show of silver yellow flowers (tassles) in February.

 

We looked at three different Garrayas, collected from the wild, in the garden. One was particularly handsome with good flowers just coming out. Pollen drifted from them on being disturbed.

Earlier in the day we stopped at Glendoick Garden Centre and saw a fine specimen on the wall just outside the front door of the centre. The garden attached to the garden centre always has colour and interest throughout the year.

 

A welcome visit to the tropical zone in the glasshouses in Dundee University Botanic Garden. It was a bitter cold day outside and everyone enjoyed the plants and the heat!

 

Excellent walking in Camperdown Park and plenty of horticultural interest in the Botanic Garden made for a good day out.

For in depth information visit these web sites.

 

www.dundee.ac.uk/botanic/

 

www.camperdownpark.com

 

www.glendoick.com