Cruickshank Botanic Garden

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Address and contact details
The University of Aberdeen, Department of Soil and Plant Sciences, St. Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 3UU
Tel: 01224 272704
Fax: 01224 272703
Web site:
Latitude: 57° 10' 0" N
Longitude: 02° 06' 0" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1898
Ownership:The University of Aberdeen
Garden code:ABD
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Keeper: Prof. I.J. Alexander
Head Gardener: Richard Walker
Contact person: Richard Walker
Total Staff:
Total Horticultural Staff:
Physical environment
Altitude:15 m
Soil type:Sandy Loam, pH 6.5 (approx)
Total area:4.8 ha
Area heated:250 m²
Weather recordsNo records kept
Average annual:895 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
5 Champion trees, including Alnus incana 'Pendula' and +Crataegomespilus dardarii.
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Northern Europe, South Africa (Glasshouse perennials)
Special families within the collections:
Special genera within the collections:
Baptisia, Crataegus, Fritillaria, Primula, Sorbus, Zanthoxylum
Special collections:
Rock Garden plants,
Scottish upland plants, UNIV
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:BG-Recorder
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Yes, in department
Library:At university
Research facilities:At university
Publications:Garden Guide, Index Seminum
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, public education
Interpretation:Guided trails, lectures, signs
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:No
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Public opening hours:Mon-Fri: 9am-4.30pm
Sat-Sun: 2-5pm except winter
Guiding principles behind the collection
For the teaching and study of Botany as pure Science, and as applied to the Arts and Industries, and for the furtherance of University interests and the public good (deed of Trust, April 1898).
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