Logan Botanic Garden

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United Kingdom - Wigtownshire - Stranraer

Institution Code: E

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Visitors at Logan Botanic Garden
Visitors at Logan Botanic Garden

About the Logan Botanic Garden

The garden at Logan dates from 1869 when James McDouall married Agnes Buchan-Hepburn, a very keen gardener from Smeaton in East Lothian. Agnes began to experiment by planting more tender species of plants. Her sons, Kenneth and Douglas, inherited her love of gardening and continued to develop the garden.

When Kenneth McDouall died, he left the Logan estate to his cousin, Sir Ninian Buchan-Hepburn, and in 1949 the estate passed to Mr Roland Olaf Hambro. Following the latter's death in the early 1960s, a charitable trust was set up to run the garden. However, the trust ran out of money, and the trustees gave the estate to the nation in 1969. In that year, Sir Ninian reacquired the house and policies, and the 1.5 hectare (3.5 acre) walled garden was given to the Royal Botanic Garden along with 5 hectares (12 acres) of woodland.

Over 50% of the plants at Logan are of known wild origin, and many of these are from the Southern Hemisphere. The garden is the most remarkable in Scotland for its exotic mixture of plants from Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Australasia and other temperate regions of the world. Nearly 40 species of gum tree (Eucalyptus) are grown at Logan including the smooth, white-limbed cabbage gum (E. pauciflora).

Main Address:
Logan Botanic Garden
Port Logan
Wigtownshire DG9 9ND United Kingdom

Telephone: 01776 860600
Fax: 01776 860333
URL: http://www.rbge.org.uk
Primary Email: logan@rbge.org.uk

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Simon Milne
    Curator's Name: Richard A. Baines
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Robert Cubey
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
  • Date founded: 1968
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 11 Hectares
    Latitude: 54.905398
    Longitude: -5.02547
    Annual Rainfall: 830 mm
    Altitude: 25.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: This is a Specialist (Satellite) Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Features and Facilities

  • Published Plant Catalogue: 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: 34000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 3571
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2613
  • Special Collections:Plants of southern South America,, Australasia, Southern Africa, North and Central Mexico, Canary Islands, Labiatae, Ericaceae, Myrtaceae, Azara, Eucryphia, Weinmannia, Gunnera, Rhododendron. Eucalyptus, Dicksonia, Cyathea, Diascia.
  • ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes