New Curator appointed to University Botanic Garden

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Kevin Frediani has been appointed as the new Curator of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden.

Kevin joins the University from the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Garden, where he has been Operations Manager.

As Curator of the Botanic Garden in Dundee he will be overseeing a site that is home to a wide range of plants, with fine collections of conifers and broad-leaved trees and shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses, as well as water and herb gardens. Located in 9.5 hectares of south facing, gently sloping land near the banks of the River Tay, the Garden features many species of indigenous British plants as well as representative collections of important plants from all the continents of the world.

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The Botanic Garden is committed to education for people of all ages, with more than 80,000 visitors crossing its threshold every year. The Garden has a popular café and gift shop with a plant nursery, whilst regular art exhibitions are hosted in the Visitor Centre, and facilities exist for holding receptions and meetings.

Kevin said, “I am very excited to join the University for this wonderful leadership role for the garden and for the wider University green estate.

“We are all becoming more aware of the importance of green space and biodiversity in this modern age of global change. I believe green spaces in our cities are critically important for helping modern society not just survive but thrive.

“The Botanic Garden offers access to a wonderful diversity of plants from around the world and provides a place for education and relaxation. I look forward to working with the team at the Garden to further develop and enhance what we can offer.”

The previous curator, Alasdair Hood, retired last year after overseeing the Botanic Garden for twenty years.

 
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