University of Dundee

Dundee Botanic Garden to celebrate `Plant Power’

17 May 2017

The University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute are taking part in the international Fascination of Plants Day on Sunday 21st May with a celebration of the power of plants.

The free `Plant Power’ event, set amidst the University of Dundee Botanic Garden’s beautiful collection of trees and shrubs, glasshouses, water garden and herb garden, will have a range of activities for all the family between 11am and 4pm.

These will include woodturning, face painting, badge making, plant printing, live music, meeting beekeepers, a garden trail, plant sale and birds of prey demonstrations. 

There will also be fun plant science workshops, as Dr Sarah McKim, plant scientist at the University explained, “Plant Power Day is your chance to be a plant scientist: scientific staff will be running fun activities for all ages including raspberry DNA isolation, aphid displays, potato-powered lamps and botanising adventure trails.”

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden is committed to education for people of all ages, with more than 80,000 visitors every year. 

As part of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Garden will also host two performances of the acclaimed play by Eddie Small, ‘The Four Marys’ at 1pm and 3pm on Sunday. Each of the four Marys – Slessor, Brooksbank, Walker and Baxter – helped shape the city of Dundee.

Botanic Garden Curator Alasdair Hood said, “The garden is all about plants and people - without plants there would be no people. Our Plant Power open day is a wonderful chance for everyone to come and learn about and be amazed by our relationship with plants or simply enjoy the beauty of the garden in Spring.”

Plant Power events are happening around the world as part of the Fascination of Plants 2017 programme to celebrate the importance of plant science in our everyday lives. For more information visit

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden is open to the general public all year round: