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Benmore Botanic Garden

United Kingdom - Argyll, Scotland - Benmore

Institution Code: E

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

Giant Redwood Avenue at Benmore Botanic Garden
Giant Redwood Avenue at Benmore Botanic Garden

About the Benmore Botanic Garden

One of the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland. A specialist (satellite) Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

This is a woodland garden which benefits from the Gulf Stream, so the climate here is damp and humid. Its highest point lies at the top of Benmore Hill, at 137 m (450 ft). More than 650 species, subspecies and hybrids of rhododendron can be found here, as well as a vast range of conifers.

Main Address:
Benmore Botanic Garden
Argyll, Scotland PA23 8QU United Kingdom

Telephone: 01369 706261
Fax: 01369 706369
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Simon Milne
    Curator's Name: Peter Baxter
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Robert Cubey
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 11
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: N
    Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: Y
  • Date founded: 1929
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 49 Hectares
    Latitude: 56.028266
    Longitude: -4.983936
    Annual Rainfall: 2000 mm
    Altitude: 15.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: This garden is a Specialist (Satellite) Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: N
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: N
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4970
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2373
  • Special Collections:Rhododendrons

    Plant-hunter George Forrest undertook seven major expeditions to western China between 1904 and 1932, and these yielded more than 30 000 specimens and 10 000 seed samples. RBGE desperately wanted to have a west coast site better suited to the cultivation of these new plants. In 1929 the policies around Benmore were given to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: N

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Horticulture: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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