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New exhibition celebrates 19th-century botanist William Gardiner

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Exploring Our Own Backyard is a new exhibition opening at the University of Dundee this weekend which celebrates the work of a man who became the first to compile a flora of the local area.

The exhibition, in the Tower Foyer Gallery, has been put together by the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and highlights the current project to revamp the garden’s native plants area.

Exhibition details

Exploring Our Own Backyard will run from 20 January until mid March 2018, alongside Botanical Conversations which features highlights from the University’s Herbarium collection as well as stunning botanical teaching charts and beautiful works of art and creative writing inspired by plants.

Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at the University, said, “Plants form the basis of life on earth. They are vital to our health and well-being as well as being an amazing inspiration for creativity. Our first Professor of Botany, Patrick Geddes, coined the phrase ‘by leaves we live’, a recognition that every aspect of our lives - culture, healthcare, the economy and the environment – are all reliant on plants.”

Opening hours for both exhibitions are 9.30am-7pm on weekdays and 1-5pm each Saturday.

(image copyright University of Dundee Services)

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