McLeod hosts exhibition on local botanic garden at Holyrood

Dr McLeod with Logan Garden Curator Richard Baines
Dr McLeod with Logan Garden Curator Richard Baines

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod is hosting a week-long exhibition in the Scottish Parliament’s Garden Lobby featuring the Logan Botanic Garden.

Logan Garden is one of the four gardens of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Logan is an integral part of this 330 year old scientific research institution with a world-wide reputation for the study of plants and their diversity. Only a month ago the Garden was awarded VisitScotland 5-star status – only the third garden in Scotland to achieve this accolade.

Before the exhibition opened, Dr McLeod said: “I am delighted to be sponsoring this exhibition featuring Logan Garden and hope that in doing so I can help to raise the profile of the garden and bring it to a wider audience.

“All of the Royal Botanic Gardens are special places but Logan Garden is unique in my view. The special micro-climate in the South Rhins allows the Garden to successfully grow plant species that are not otherwise seen in Scotland. In the summer it can look like a tropical paradise – particularly if we are lucky enough to have a warm sunny summer like we did this year.

“The hard work that all of the staff and Curator Richard Baines have done to make this a really first-class visitor attraction has recently been recognised by VisitScotland’s award of five-star visitor attraction status.

“Of course Dumfries & Galloway has many fantastic gardens to visit across the region and we are very fortunate in having so many. I hope that showcasing Logan Garden will also help raise the profile of the region as the home to many excellent gardens.

“Logan Garden really is a hidden gem and a special place. I hope that this week’s exhibition will help to boost the profile of Logan Garden and encourage people to visit. It is well worth the effort.”