Garden Portrait: Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden is situated at the south-western tip of Scotland in an almost island-like setting, where the warming influence of the Gulf Stream allows thousands of different species from the warm temperate regions of the world to flourish. There are two contrasting areas in the garden: The Walled Garden and The Woodland Garden. As you walk into the gardens from the Visitor Reception area, you have little idea of what awaits you. On the left pathways lead to the woodland, which is no ordinary woodland as it contains Chilean specimens, Australasian collections and a Tasmanian Creek and viewing platform. Not really what you’d expect this far north of the UK.  Walking through the entrance into the Walled Garden lies a complete surprise. Sheltered by 15 foot high walls are rolling lawns, groves of tree ferns and palms, water features and exotic plants. DSCF9015

DSCF9060 It’s all very strange and not remotely Scottish – even the sun is burning down making me feel as though I have suddenly been transported to the southern hemisphere.

There is even a Chusan Palm Avenue


A formal pond with sculptures and irises

Cordyline Avenue


Exotic Plants

Towards the Verandah

Asphodelus-ramosus and a bee on stilts!

Asphodelus-ramosus and a bee on stilts!

A Bug Hotel in the Castle Woodland


And when you have exhausted the Walled Garden, turn your attention to the Woodland Garden where we met an Aussie from Sydney who was astonished to have come all this way only to find eucalyptus and palms and callistemons from New Zealand and Australia. DSCF9240

And before leaving (almost the last people there as usual, but that’s a good thing because then you get to photograph the gardens without people getting in the way) we headed to the Potting Shed Bistro (how could I possibly resist with a name like that? ) for a slice of key lime pie and vanilla ice-cream. We took it out onto the terrace and admired the lovely rock garden with its succulents and slate sculptures for one last time. DSCF9022

I hope you have been as bedazzled by this garden as I was.

More lovely walks can be found over at my friend Jo’s place.

28 thoughts on “Garden Portrait: Logan Botanic Garden

    • Thank you Aletta, it is so nice to know that you enjoy the photos. This garden was very South African! I really enjoyed it as it was so different from the usual English garden 🙂

      • Not one I’ve visited. I did a tour of English gardens about 15 years ago, using the Yellow Book, some of the biggies like Sissinghurst, and others that were recommended by friends. Eight days of intense garden visiting and I learned so much; I would love to repeat the experience with a new set of gardens and this would definitely be on my list!

        • Well in this area there are 6 gardens close together so fairly easy to do all in 2-3 days. Mindst you, you can have too much of a good thing. I have just visited 5 in 5 days including Sissinghurst, and I am totally gardened out!

  1. Absolutely bedazzled. I needed to be reading your blog when I was twenty instead of seventy, so I could travel in the steps of St Jude! Not enough time now.

    My favourites are the bee, and the Blechnum-palmiforme: and of course I have a soft spot for eucalyptus and callistemon. My Australian garden is bright with red callistemon and raucous with birds tearing the flowers apart, and seeking nectar.

    • Hi Meg! Glad you enjoyed this one, I found it fascinating. I love the bottle-brush flowers. Do you know the name of that interesting eucalypt flower? Looks like a crochet sample! You must be missing your garden.

      • You asking me for ID? Not a hope! Sorry. I’m missing many things about home, but not actually my garden. I’m not a gardener like you. I love having it, but it takes care of itself with the biocycle. J created it for me when he was breeding rainforest trees, and they kep dying in his bush.

  2. Yes I have! I love the slate sculptures, the exotic plants and fabulous colour. Who would have guessed it was in Scotland. A lovely post Jude 🙂

  3. Got that cuppa! Fabulous post again, Jude 🙂 What a clever stilt-walking bee (and an even cleverer photographer). I hit the like button before I saw the price on that statue 🙂
    You know- it doesn’t really look very familiar at all. It must be about 18 years since we were there and the paths all look very neat and new. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? And it was a cool, grey day when I remember being warmly wrapped up! So, not the same experience at all. But our nereins which we bought there are still lovely come Autumn 🙂

    Many thanks for joining in again, Jude.

  4. Lovely botanical garden, Jude – I really enjoyed the walk with you and looking through your lens(es). Do you carry much photo gear with you when you travel? As I’m “always” traveling, I’m constantly torn between the lenses. 🙂
    Have a great new week. Greetings from tropical Norway,

    • A ‘tropical’ Norway? Sounds interesting! I only have a bridge camera Dina, 30 optical zoom. I have wanted one of the mirrorless cameras for a couple of years, but can’t decide which to go for. I also need to use manual settings more too!

      • Manual settings is not that complicated, Jude. It took me a long time to get used to it, now I only shoot in M-mode, giving me full control. I’m a Nikonfan, I have had a Minolta, Canon, the’re all fine, but Nikon is the best. Last year I attended a photoworkshop and the photographer who had used Canon for years, said she was amazed at the results from all the students using Nikon; she was more than convinced and changed all her gear to Nikon. If this is any help…? 🙂

  5. Hi there! What a fabulous blog and the theme you have used does credit to your photographs. Even though I’ve got to the grand ‘young’ 60’s Scotland is somewhere I am yet to visit. The Logan garden looks as it definitely should be at the top of the gardens to visit list. You are on my Blogs I Follow list now…thank you for following me. I will be back.

    • Thanks for the compliments Ronnie, it seems we have a mutual interest! I wonder how differently we see things? And Dumfries and Galloway is definitely worth visiting. I was so (pleasantly) surprised at how much I liked it there.

    • Hi Amy! Thanks. And yes that bee was pretty special – I have never noticed how long their legs are – or maybe I have never photographed one at this angle.

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