Floral Art Heralds New Season at Dawyck

An exhibition of floral art will launch the new season at Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Stobo, in the Scottish Borders.

“A Woodland Garden’’ features work by Northumberland artist Jane Murray who has drawn inspiration from Dawyck for some of her pieces.

Her exhibition will open at The Studio on Saturday, 2 February and will run until Sunday 28 April. It is open from 10am daily and admission to the exhibition is free.

The team at Dawyck have been busy preparing for the re-opening of the Garden to the public on Friday, 1 February. 

New plantings have been added to the Azalea Terrace to restore an area damaged in last year’s January storms.  Elsewhere in the Garden plants have been thinned and reduced to restore views in Scrape Glen towards the Garden’s iconic Dutch Bridge.

Realigning the pathway along the Rhododendrop Walk will also be a benefit to visitors and many more wild collected trees and shrubs have been added to the Garden’s collections.

Garden Curator, Graham Stewart explained: “Our closed season over the winter months give us the chance to do major work in the Garden.  It means we can carry out work to paths and planted areas without compromising the visitor experience.’’

The Garden’s new season coincides with the Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2013 which runs from 2 February to 17 March. Dawyck has swathes of snowdrops along the banks of the Scrape Burn.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)