Curator at Logan Botanic Garden, Richard Baines met MSPs from all political parties when he staged an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood at the beginning of December.
The three day exhibition was sponsored by South of Scotland MSP, Dr Aileen McLeod.
Richard delighted in telling MSPs about the Garden’s recent five star award by VisitScotland, Logan’s exotic plant collections, the varied programme of events and exhibitions and the new Victorian-style conservatory which will house South African plants such as Tree Heathers and members of Protaceae. The conservatory, funded by The Monument Trust, South West Environmental Action Trust (SWEAT), and Solway Heritage, with renewable technologies funded by Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in June next year. It is set to be the first “All Green’’ greenhouse in the UK.
Richard commented: “It was extremely worthwhile exhibiting at the Parliament. The MSPs I met were all interested in the Garden. I was able to tell them about the plant collections from the southern hemisphere and the ambitions I have for the Garden’s future. They were particularly impressed by the fact that the new Victorian style conservatory will be the first carbon neutral greenhouse in the UK. Many of the MSPs I met said they will visit the Garden next year so I am looking forward to meeting them again and showing them around.’’
Dr McLeod said: “I am confident the exhibition will have raised the profile of the Garden among my fellow MSPs. The Garden is a hidden gem and a special place. Richard Baines and his staff work extremely hard and the Garden is well worthy of the five star status it was recently awarded by VisitScotland.’’