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Article published 22/07/2021

Logan Botanic Garden near Stranraer, one of the four sites of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), has been voted ‘Best in the UK’ in a recent consumer survey. 

The sub-tropical garden, home to some of the world’s rarest plants, scored a colossal 93% satisfaction rating, achieving the maximum mark of five stars in every category, as voted by readers of the consumer magazine Which?. 

While Logan was crowned top garden, all four of Scotland’s national botanic gardens have been celebrating as Dawyck in the Scottish Borders, Benmore near Dunoon in Argyll, and the main Edinburgh site were all ranked within the UK’s top 10 gardens. 

Logan is an incredibly special garden and we are delighted to be recognised as such by visitors and voted best in the UK.

The warm climate makes it paradise for plant lovers and our visitors are always surprised to see some of the more exotic palm trees, Gunnera manicata - the giant ‘rhubarb’, tree ferns and eucalyptus thriving so resplendently outdoors in Scotland. Of course, our most tender plants wouldn’t survive a Scottish winter, so we safeguard species such as our pelargonium collection from South Africa in our Victorian-style conservatory. It’s also the first public conservatory in the UK to be powered by green energy.

As well as thousands of spectacular species of unusual plants, which underline our existence as a research and conservation institute, we offer visitors fine catering from the Potting Shed Bistro and our studio exhibition space displays artwork from local, national and international artists. Watch out also for our magnificent dinosaur sculpture, Loganosaurus Rex, hiding within the tree ferns.

Richard Baines, Curator of Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden is located by Port Logan near Stranraer in the south-west of Scotland. As well as being a popular visitor attraction, its collection of plants constitutes part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Living Collection of rare and endangered plants.

 

Dawyck Botanic Garden

 

In the Which? survey categories – including attractiveness, food and drink, staff helpfulness and value for money – all RBGE gardens scored exceptionally well.  

With a score of 89%, Dawyck Botanic Garden near Peebles, famed for its awe-inspiring trees and year-round colour, was ranked joint second in the UK. Benmore Botanic Garden, in Argyll, was in joint third place with 88%, impressing visitors with its towering avenue of magnificent giant redwood trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum) and wild, mountain background. 

 

Benmore Botanic Garden

 

The main Edinburgh site, located in the north of the city, scored an impressive 86%. With over 70 acres of spectacular landscapes, the garden dates from 1670 and is one of the world’s pre-eminent botanical gardens.