Logan Botantic Garden shines a spotlight on coastal wildflowers

Logan Botanic Garden is hosting the adventurous Wildflowers of Coastal Cliffs exhibition in collaboration with Rhins of Galloway Coast Path Project.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:11 pm
Visitors can discover more about the beautiful flora where the land meets the sea
Visitors can discover more about the beautiful flora where the land meets the sea

Alongside the garden’s palm trees, tree ferns and giant gunnera, visitors can discover more about the flora where the land meets the sea.

Plants living on cliffs must withstand the harsh conditions of salty sea spray and drying winds but also benefit from the warmer winter temperatures of a maritime climate.

Several species reach the northern limits of their UK distribution in the Rhins of Galloway and are unlikely to be seen elsewhere in Scotland.

The path project is managed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Coastal Communities Fund.

Peter Ross, chairman of the steering group, said: “Alongside the creation of the new coast route we are running a programme of events providing opportunities to find out more about the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Rhins of Galloway.

"We are absolutely delighted that Logan Botanic Garden is hosting this exhibition and would encourage visitors to spend some time at the Coastal Cliffs display – it will make their next w alk on the Rhins Coast even more enjoyable!”

Details of events revealing the wildlife on the Rhins coast will be updated on the Rhins of Galloway Coast Pat page on Facebook.

To accompany the exhibition, a guide to common flowers has been published helping visitors to know their lovage from their samphire.

It can be downloaded by visiting https://dgtrails.org/wildflowers-at-logan-botanic-gardens/

Richard Baines, curator at Logan Botanic Garden, said: “The exhibition highlights the diversity of native flora found in these coastal habitats in Galloway and the photographic display highlights some of the main species found on the newly designated Rhins coastal walk.”

“The newly produced wildflower booklet is an excellent educational tool to aid identification of any unknown species.

"The exhibition also ties in with the native plant area located in the walled garden at Logan which also provides information on the local species.”