-Botanic Gardens

The Scotland Guide
© David Williams


The arboretum is a `new` part of the gardens opened only in 1975. This contains many plants collected by David Douglas (1798-1843) who trained at the gardens. He played an important part in bringing various North American plants to Britain, including the Sitka Spruce, now the most common conifer in the country. He also introduced the Douglas Fir which was originally called the Oregon Pine until it was renamed after him. Plants to be found here include Red Alder and Corsican Pine.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

This is one of the quieter parts of the Botanic Gardens. The River Kelvin runs behind the trees and tall red and white sandstone tenements stand beyond it.

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