BOOKING CLOSED: Exotic Gardening – Gardening on the Edge


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation – this event has been cancelled

08-09 July 2020, Logan Botanic Garden

Join us at Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland’s most exotic garden, to take a closer look at the changing palette of plants available to horticulturists and how we might exploit this greater diversity of plants available for year-round interest.

Horticulturists have long sought out new or different plants for their gardens. With a long history of plant hunting and building collections of ‘exoticks’, British and Irish gardens continue to test the perceived boundaries of what can be grown in this maritime climate. Many plants which, when first introduced, were considered to require winter protection, have been found to grow perfectly happily outdoors all year round. Experimenting with plants, planting schemes and growing conditions has led to an increasing number of exotic-themed gardens around the British Isles. Join us to discuss exotic gardening and how the boundaries are shifting when it comes to growing plants perceived as less hardy.

We will explore Logan Botanic Garden looking at the wide variety of half-hardy perennials which thrive across the site, comparing and contrasting with other gardens and collections specialising in subtropical planting. We will discuss what plants can be grown, looking at the role that exotic planting schemes can play in communicating and interpreting climate change for visitors.

A programme is available below (subject to change and updates), including speakers from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Oasis Designs and other growers/gardens from across the country. The event also includes a workshop looking at how planting can be used to communicate climate change messages to visitors.

Starting at 13:30 on 8th July, there is time to travel up on the day. The event finishes after lunch on 9th July, with an optional visit to a near-by garden. An accommodation list (below) provides a number of options to explore.