Exotic Gardening at Logan Botanic Garden

On 22 July 2021, we joined Richard Baines, curator of Logan Botanic Garden, in a virtual exploration of 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. Logan Botanic Gardens is certainly one example of a garden testing the boundaries of what can be grown in the UK all year round without protection.

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