Blooming good news for Cruickshank Botanic Garden
One of Aberdeen’s hidden treasures has been included in a list of Britain’s best rose blooms.
The century old Cruickshank Botanic Garden - partly owned by the University of Aberdeen -features in the Daily Telegraph's guide to the best British places to see majestic rose displays.
The Gardens are ranked seventh in a top 10 which includes horticultural luminaries such as Coughton Court in Warwickshire and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent.
Cruickshank's rose garden is just one of many highlights among the picturesque grounds which span 11 acres and are used for teaching and research as well as being open to the public.
Richard Walker, who is Head Gardener, said: "I am really pleased and excited to see the Cruickshank Botanic Garden being included alongside such famous gardens.
"It is particularly satisfying, as we remain relatively unknown in the world of horticultural excellence, yet we have been here for over 100 years.
"Even in Aberdeen itself a lot of people are unaware of where the Cruickshank Botanic Garden is and the many treasures it contains. It is therefore tremendous to see it acknowledged in this way."
Professor Ian Alexander, Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Aberdeen, is Keeper of the Garden. He added: "Our rose garden is laid out both to look beautiful, and to explain the evolution of the garden rose through the ages. In this way it sums up what is special about a botanic garden."
Notes to Editors:
Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.
Issued on: Wednesday 18th of June 2008
Contact: Jennifer Phillips