SCOTLAND: Aberdeen – David Welch Winter Gardens

Polmuir Road, Aberdeen AB11 7TH

t 01224 585 310

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David Welch Winter Gardens
Photograph Alan Findlay

The Collection

The David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park is the jewel in the crown of Aberdeen’s parks. Although Duthie Park had been largely laid out by 1883 the Winter Gardens (or Palm House as it was then known) was only completed in 1899. In the late 1960s the original structure was demolished for safety reasons and the first phase of the current Winter Gardens opened in April 1970. Since then there have been several phases of expansion and the gardens now cover two acres and are one of the largest covered gardens in Europe.

As well as three outside areas to explore, there are twelve glasshouses including an Arid House which has an impressive display of plants ranging from Central America to Southern Africa, and from Arabia to Madagascar. Back in 1983-85 most of the large plants on display were lifted and transported to the Chelsea Flower Show where they gained gold medals. The oldest specimen is an Echinocactus grusonii which is over 100 years old. The Arid House is home to National Collections of the genera Aloe and Gasteria.

Nearest BCSS Branch


Meetings are held in Aberdeen. Please see the Branch website for meeting dates and programme.

A Member’s View

One of Britain’s finest public collections of cacti and succulents, this is worthy of a visit, as are the gardens as a whole. Put it on your must-see list whether you are a local or on holiday in Scotland.

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