Botanical art launches Dawyck’s new season

An exhibition by botanical artist Sharon Griggs is launching the new season at Dawyck Botanic Garden at Stobo, near Peebles,

Sharon, who studied botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), uses professional coloured pencil to create very detailed work inspired by her natural surroundings when she was growing up in East Lothian, and now around her new home in Lanarkshire.

The exhibition, Colour Me Botanical, will be held in The Studio until Sunday 29 April. Admission is free.

Garden Curator Graham Stewart said that as a part of RBGE, Dawyck’s mission is to explain the importance of plant research and conservation to a broad audience and he hoped that would be achieved through a varied programme of events, exhibitions and school visits throughout the 2018 season.

He explained:  “Local children are being offered a new opportunity to explore what plants mean to the world through a school’s initiative delivered by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Education Team, made possible through support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery”

While the Garden was closed in December and January, Garden staff were busy planning for the new season. Early trimming back of the herbaceous borders proved worthwhile as a large amount of time in January was spent clearing branches and debris scattered by high winds. Other activities included the removal of two elderly horse chestnut trees which had been progressively dying back over the past few years. Following on from this the small Garden team is now looking forward to introducing new planting into this area and other sites over the coming weeks. A number of improvements have been made including maintenance carried out to steps and pathways.

At the end of January, a social gathering was held at Dawyck for the volunteers, who give their valuable time in many ways. It was a chance to thank them for their ongoing help and support.

Volunteer Guides take the weekly Sunday walks. During the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, which runs until 11 March, the walks will focus on the Garden’s collection of snowdrops and other spring highlights. The walks begin at 1.45pm on Sundays in February and at 2.15pm from March to October. They are free with Garden admission.