Benmore Botanic Garden

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Address and contact details
Benmore, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8QU
Tel: 01369 706261
Fax: 01369 706369
Web site:
Latitude: 56° 01' 34" N
Longitude: 04° 58' 51" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1850
Ownership:Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Regius Keeper: Professor Stephen Blackmore
Curator: Peter Baxter
Contact person: Peter Baxter
Total Staff:12
Accessions:As for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Collections:As for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Physical environment
Altitude:5-137 m
Soil type:Acid
Total area:49 ha
Other sites of collection:Dawyck Botanic Garden
Logan Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Weather recordsNo records kept
Absolute maximum:25 °C
Absolute minimum:-10 °C
Average annual:2800 mm
Plant collection
Plants:11 489
Notable plants within the collection:
Tallest Tsuga heterophylla, Picea jezoensis var. hondoensis and Abies delavayi var. fabri
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Eastern Asia, Southern South America
Special families within the collections:
Eucryphiaceae, Ericaceae, Nothofagaceae, Magnoliaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Rhododendron, Azalea, Eucryphia, Nothofagus, Betula, Sorbus
Special collections:
Chile, ICCP
Conifers, ICCP
TARGET 8 PROJECT TAXON LIST   UK Red Data List 2005SAP lead partnerWELSH Red Data List 2008IRISH Red Data List 1987IRISH Red Data List 2005TARGET 8 PROJECT datasheetGarden(s)
Ajuga pyramidalis
Pyramidal Bugle
B I VU RE VU T8 RBG Benmore
Arabis petraea
Northern Rock-cress
B W I VU EN RE VU T8 RBG Benmore
Carex buxbaumii
Club Sedge
B I VU EW EW T8 NBG Glasnevin
RBG Benmore
Cephalanthera longifolia
Narrow-leaved Helleborine
B W I VU Plantlife EN VU EN T8 RBG Benmore
Rumex aquaticus
Scottish Dock
B VU T8 RBG Benmore
Sibbaldia procumbens
B VU T8 RBG Benmore
Sorbus arranensis
B VU T8 RBG Benmore
RBG Dawyck
Sorbus pseudofennica
Arran Service-tree
B VU T8 RBG Benmore
RBG Dawyck
Record Keeping:Kept since 1938
Record System:BG-Base
Plant-collecting trips:International
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Library:Based at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
Research facilities:Based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Publications:Garden catalogue, garden guides, Edinburgh Journal of Botany, Catalogue on Internet. List of publications available from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Identifications:Undertakes freeidentifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, gift shop, plant shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:33054
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 9.30am-6pm March-October
Guiding principles behind the collection
To document, display and scientifically interpret global plant and fungal diversity, thereby enhancing our knowledge of plant biology, evolution, conservation, habitats and sustainable utilisation for the long-term benefit of humanity.
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