Scottish botanic garden is set to “celebrate the power” of plants

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THE public are invited to discover the world of plants and the people who work with them at an upcoming event at a botanic garden.

Plant Power’ is an annual event that showcases the plants at Dundee Botanic Garden and highlights plant science work being done in Dundee.

This year, staff at the Garden have worked with the University of Dundee’s School of Life Sciences and the James Hutton Institute to create a new trail that celebrates the importance of plants in our everyday life.

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The Plant Power event is just one of many celebrating the Gardens 50th anniversary.

The self-guiding trail, launching Saturday 15 May, will take visitors through nature and offers an opportunity to learn more about the plants on display.

Kevin Frediani, Curator of the Botanic Garden said: “Our stunning garden is much more than just a tourist attraction.”

“Botanical gardens across the world play a huge role in aiding scientific research, and our new trail will show some of the work that goes on behind the scenes at Dundee.

“Plant science is more important than ever and we look forward to welcoming visitors to learn more about our talented scientists within the University and the Institute.”

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Kevin Frediani (above) is the Curator of Dundee University Botanic Garden and Head of Grounds.

Dr Jorunn Bos, a Principal Investigator in the Division of Plant Sciences and the James Hutton Institute, added: “We are looking forward to sharing our science with visitors to the Botanic Garden and online through our new science trail.

“Our scientists have created online interactive resources covering topics such as crop diversity, plant diseases, and pests, that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.”

Plant Power events are happening around the world as part of the Fascination of Plants Day 2021 on Tuesday 18 May.

The trail at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden will run from Saturday 15 May until Sunday 23 May. Free tickets are available to book via Eventbrite.

A number of events are planned throughout the year and will be updated on the Botanic Garden web page.