University of Dundee Botanic Garden

University Dundee Botanic Garden

University Dundee Botanic Garden


The Garden is an excellent resource all the year round for teaching and learning plant biology and other subjects. Our educational features include :

  • Glasshouses: well established tropical, temperate and desert vegetation.
  • Trees and shrubs planted in 9.5 hectares according to geographical location, demonstrating methods of pollination, seed dispersal, and adaptation.
  • Mini-succession from moorland to wood and eutrophic pond, especially good for ecological studies.
  • Material closely linked to the curriculum for primary and secondary schools is available.
  • Sessions are run to raise the competence of teachers in teaching plant biology.
  • Special educational events are often listed among our events.
  • A classroom can be booked for teaching and experimental work.

University Dundee Botanic Garden

Honours year and PhD students carry out research in the garden as part of their coursework. The curator can advise on the current programmes.

School Visits
You can plan a visit for your pupils in several ways. Please contact our Education Officer, Dr. Neil Paterson (Telephone 01382 647192, e-mail to discuss your needs.

  • Activities assisted by the Education Officer.
  • Self-guided trails.
  • Activities designed by you – a pre-visit planning session is recommended.

Courses for Teachers

    • Please contact the Education Officer if you would like to arrange a training session for teachers.

Primary School Curriculum Resources
Environmental Studies 5-14 Levels A – D

      • Basic structure and growth of seed plants.
      • The life cycle of seed plants.
      • Feeding relationships of living things.
      • Major groups of plants and use of keys.
      • Threatened plants and impact of humans on the environment.
      • Plant Adaptation.

Secondary School Curriculum Resources
Environmental Studies 5-14 Levels E and F
Under development.

Biology Standard Grade

      • The Biosphere.
      • The World of Plants.

Biology Higher

      • Conservation and Speciation.
      • Plant Adaptation.
      • Growth and Regeneration.
      • Succession and Climax.

Biology Advanced Higher

      • Mycorrhiza.
      • Plant Defence Mechanisms .

General Science
Under development.

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