SCOTLAND: Dundee – University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Riverside Drive, Dundee DD2 1QH

t 01382 381190

Dundee Botanic Garden
Photographs Jim Gibbs

The Collection

Started in the early 1970s, the founding principles of this botanical garden are ‘science, education and conservation’, with the aim of sharing this knowledge with the local community. There are two conjoined greenhouses, the first being a tropical, humid greenhouse (including a lily pond) leading to a second cooler, more arid house including a modest collection of cacti and succulents taking up an area of about 9 x 12 m (30 x 40 ft).

Among the cacti are Carnegiea gigantea (saguaro), and species of various genera such as Cleistocactus, Echinopsis, Ferocactus, Hylocereus, Matucana, Opuntia, Oreocereus, Parodia, Rhipsalis (tree-growing species) and Trichocereus.

Succulent include various species of Aloe, Agave, Echeveria, Crassula, Kalanchoe, Senecio and Euphorbia, along with several mesembs (Aizoaceae) and southern African bulbs such as Boophane disticha, Bowiea volubilis, and Nerine sp, which are often grown by BCSS members.

Nearest BCSS Branch


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

A Member’s View

This garden is worth a visit if you are in Dundee. A small area of cacti and other succulents housed at the end of one of the two greenhouses has a mixture of mature and younger plants. While lacking in the variety of species, there is a nice collection of aloes and a large Opuntia that flowers regularly. The most notable plants are a very old Crassula ovata, an Aloe dichotoma, a tall Euphorbia, some large cerei and a couple of floriferous cleistocacti.

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