University of Dundee

The Power of Plants!

26 Apr 2016

Look around you and what do you see? Plants! Plants are everywhere: from the ornamental flowers in our gardens, to the crops we eat, to the materials in our clothes. In fact, plants provide food and shelter for all living organisms, big or small, in addition to brightening up a dull day!

The University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute are taking part in the annual Plant Power day, held at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden Dundee this Saturday May 21st from 10am to 4pm. 

This annual free event highlights how fascinating plants are and how important they are to the past, present and future of humanity. There will be a range of activities including hands on scientific workshops, live plant-related music(!), falconry, and face painting.

Hutton and University scientists will be on-hand to run a variety of child and adult-friendly scientific workshops throughout the day, including “be a Plant Explorer”, Fruit DNA extraction, and Dinocapture! 

In addition, The Friends of the Botanic Garden annual plant sale will running the same day; the coffee shop, gift centre, and plant sales area will also be fully open. And of course, the Dundee Botanic Garden itself will be brimming with plants including some demonstration gardens on genetics and cereals.

Dr Kelly Houston, a plant geneticist at the James Hutton Institute, said: “We hope that the Plant Power day offers something for everyone to enjoy in the fantastic setting of Dundee Botanic Gardens. If people go away having learnt more about the importance of plants then that is even better!”; "This is our most important public outreach event of the year and our volunteers, including students and staff scientists, are very excited to share with our fascination with plants!" added Dr. Sarah McKim, a principal investigator in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Dundee.

For more information visit  and the Botanic garden's website.