Gordon celebrates 45 years in gardens

Simon Milne MBE congratulates Gordon Murdoch on 45 years of dedicated service at Logan Botanic Garden
Simon Milne MBE congratulates Gordon Murdoch on 45 years of dedicated service at Logan Botanic Garden

You’ve been here how long? Logan Botanic Garden horticulturist Gordon Murdoch (61) stands for a commemorative photograph after receiving his Long Service award from Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper of the Garden’s parent organisation, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Gordon, of Drummore, was just 15-years-old in 1969 when he started work at Logan Estate after his father had approached Martin Colledge - the then Head Gardener - to enquire if any jobs were available. A few months later, the Estate was split and an area was gifted to the nation under the superintendence of RBGE.

In his early days Gordon cycled to work, along the now impassable Ladies Walk, from his family home at Port Logan. During the ensuing 45 years of dedicated service, he has worked under three Curators and has witnessed many changes in the structure and management of the Garden: on the retirement of Martin Colledge, Logan came under the curatorship of Barry Unwin who, in turn, stood down to be replaced by Richard Baines.

Acknowledged for his understanding of the Garden and its living collection , when talk of work is done Gordon can also regale with tales of parrots in the Bistro, curatorial occupancy of the Discovery Centre – and the colourful sights to be seen on the washing green!

Commenting on Gordon’s long and dedicated service to Logan, Richard Baines said “Gordon has dedicated much of his life to Logan and accrued a fountain of knowledge during this time. We are all delighted to recognise his dedication to the Garden”