St. Andrews Botanic Garden

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United Kingdom - Fife - St. Andrews

Institution Code: STA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the St. Andrews Botanic Garden

The first Botanic Garden in St.Andrews dates from 1889 when Dr.John Wilson laid out beds of plants for teaching and research purposes,in a walled garden at St.Mary's College in South Street.
The present Garden situated on Canongate was developed in the early 1960's at a site called Bassaguard,a name derived from Gaelic meaning 'farm of the priests'.
This landscaped garden with its layout of individual sections provides microclimates for a wide range of plants. Diversity is a key theme.
Shelterd by mature conifers and tree and shrub plantings, there are rock and water gardens, woodland valley, plant family beds, herbaceous and bulb borders.
Under glass tropicals and orchids, cacti, alpines and some of the more tender Rhododendrons.

Main Address:
St. Andrews Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden
St. Andrews
Fife KY16 8RT United Kingdom

Telephone: 01334 476452
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: -
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1889
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 7 Hectares
    Latitude: 56.334944
    Longitude: -2.804325
    Annual Rainfall: 725 mm
    Altitude: 25.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 10000
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 35000
    Number of Volunteers: 120

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 8000
  • Special Collections:Berberidaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Ericaceae, Rosacea, Berberis, Lonicera, Rhododendron, Cotoneaster. China, Western South America, alpines and Sino-Himalayan plants.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes