Dawyck Botanic Garden
Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Borders, Dawyck is home to one of Scotland's finest tree collections and to an abundance of plant treasures from Nepal, Chile, China and more.
Dawyck Botanic Garden is a five star Garden renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies and autumn colour.
Located in the hills of the Scottish Borders, 65-acre Dawyck enjoys an almost continental climate comprising warm dry summers followed by cold, snowy winters. Plants from the mountainous regions of Europe, China, Nepal, Japan and North America thrive here. Garden features include:
Heritage Trees: Dawyck has one of Scotland’s finest tree collections including some of Britain’s oldest and tallest trees, dating back to 1680. Look out for Douglas fir, European Silver fir and Giant Sierra redwoods.
Azalea Terrace: This historic terrace is a blaze of colour when azaleas bloom in May and June.
Blue Poppies: The meconopsis, a Himalayan native, thrives in Dawyck’s conditions and a carpet of blue flowers appears under the tree canopy in early June.
Heron Wood Reserve: The Cryptogamic Sanctuary is the world’s first reserve for mosses, liverworts, lichens and fungi.
Snowdrops: Delicate Galanthus cover the banks of the Scrape Burn in February.
Dawyck offers woodland and burnside walks, themed tree trails and visitors can follow the adventures of plant explorers such as David Douglas, after whom the Douglas fir is named.
Many of the plants at Dawyck are the first examples collected and brought to Scotland. The Garden has now become a sanctuary for endangered plants, a collection not only for conservation and study, but, as originally intended, a place of beauty to be enjoyed.
Link to Dawyck's Living Collection here. For more information about the Garden's café, events, exhibitions, guided tours and visitor accessibility, including our policy about registered assistance dogs, please read on.
For Transport information, click here.
Open daily 1 February to 30 November
- March and October 10.00 to 17.00
- April to September 10.00 to 18.00
- February and November 10.00 to 16.00
Adult £7.00, Concession £6.00, Child (15 and under) Free. Includes voluntary donation. Standard Adult £6.30, Standard Concession £5.40.
Group rates (11+ people) £5.00. Call 01721 760254 to prebook.
Map of the garden (pdf)
Visitors are very welcome to take photographs and short videos in the Garden for personal use. All filming and photography for commercial use is by permit only: please check here for details.
Dawyck Botanic Garden is a precious museum of living plants. The Garden's team has a duty to protect the Collection. Therefore, please note our regulations:
- We do not allow bicycles, scooters, frisbee, kites, footballs, mechanically-operated toys and models or drone cameras for personal use into the Garden
- No jogging or running is permitted inside the grounds
- Only registered assistance dogs are welcomed at Dawyck. However, dogs that are unregistered or pet dogs will not be able to access the grounds
- Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult
Also as part of our rules and regulations, visitors are not permitted to:
- pick, cut or destroy any flower or part tree, shrub or plant
- bring into the Garden any flowers or plant life
- bring any package or other article or container after being requested by the staff not to do so
- climb any tree, railing, fence or structure
- enter any part of the Garden after having been requested by Garden staff not to do so or in contravention of any notice or sign displayed at any part of the grounds or remain in any part of the Garden after having been requested by staff to leave it
- behave or be clothed, whilst in any part of the Garden, in a manner reasonably likely to offend against public decency
- fish, bathe or swim in any part of the Garden
- collect or solicit money in the Garden
Acts for which written permission is required:
- Undertake any trade or business in the Garden
- Sell or distribute anything or offer anything for sale or hire
- Exhibit or affix any notice, advertisement or other written or pictorial matter or give any display, performance or representation
- Play or cause to be played any musical instrument in any part of the Garden
- Make or give any public speech or address
- Take, in any part of the Garden, photographs for commercial purposes
- Play any game or engage in any form of sport of physical exercise in the Garden
- Light a fire or discharge any firearm, firework or other weapon or missile
By Car: The Garden entrance is clearly signposted. There is a large car park and designated parking for coaches and minibuses.
By Bus: First Bus services 62, x62 and x70 run between Edinburgh and Peebles. The journey time is 1.5 hours. The Barc local bus service 91 runs between Peebles, Stobo and Biggar. The bus stops outside the Garden on request. For more information, visit here.
By Taxi: There is a taxi rank at Eastgate, Peebles outside the Post Office and close to the bus stop served by the main buses from Edinburgh.
By Bike: There are bicycle stands in the car park. Find a National Cycle Network route
What's On at Dawyck
01 Feb 2019 - 29 Jul 2019
Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile
24 Mar 2019 - 26 May 2019
Scottish Rhododendron Festival - Sunday Walks at Dawyck
17 Mar 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Sunday Guided Garden Walk
15 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2019
Friends of Dawyck AGM and Talk: Plant and specimen collecting for RBGE
27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Early Morning Bird Walk
11 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
Early Morning Bird Walk
Contact the Visitor Welcome Team at Dawyck
If you have any queries relating to visitor facilities, please call us on +44 (0) 1721 760 254 or get in touch by using the enquiry form.Get in Touch