The original Botanic Garden was founded by the University of St. Andrews in 1889 in the precincts of St. Mary’s College. Originally a small garden, it now covers 7.5ha (18.5 acres) and not only provides a wonderful space in which to relax and enjoy its beauty and atmosphere, but also provides a scientific garden for teaching and research. Highlights include borders showcasing many fascinating plants including those from China and Chile, the pinetum featuring Wollemi Pine, strong collections of woody genera (eg Sorbus), alpines and bulbs as well as family friendly garden trails, natural play area, pond and plenty of wildlife to be spotted. A new feature opening in the spring includes a gradient of habitats found in Fife from wood pasture to sand dune, and has been designed to study how naturalised plant communities will respond to climate change and biosecurity threats.
Champion Trees: A number of rare species.
The garden is located on Canongate and is a 10/15 minute walk from the centre of St Andrews. Follow the signs from the town down Viaduct walk, which is a shared path for bikes and walkers. The 99C bus route goes past the garden and takes 5 minutes from the bus stop in St Andrews. The nearest train station is Leuchars on the 99 bus route. There is a free car park at the garden.
Saturday/Sunday, 19/20 June, 10am - 6pm (2021)
Admission details can be found on the garden's website.
· Friends Of St Andrews Botanic Garden 60%.