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The Potager Garden

Date 23 May 2024

This year, our team have planted beds in our Edible Garden to highlight the benefits of companion planting. Here, Garden & Conservation Apprentice Beth shares details of The Potager Garden bed.

5 Minutes with Beth King – Garden and Conservation Apprentice

Date 24 April 2024

Hear from our Garden & Conservation Apprentice Beth King! This apprenticeship role is generously supported by the Finnis Scott Foundation - thank you for their support!


Understanding Our Plant Labels

Date 19 February 2024

Find out what a plant label can tell you during your visit! With thanks to the RHS and Stanley Smith (UK) Trust for their support, allowing us to update many of our labels in the Woodland Garden!


The Unique Power of Collaboration between Botanic Gardens as a Gateway to Inspiring Young People

Date 9 February 2024

Developing a brand-new biodiversity-focused workshop in partnership with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and University of Dundee Botanic Garden

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Tackling the Nature Emergency

Date 4 January 2024

Find out more about the actions for biodiversity we'd welcome as part of the Scottish Government's "Tackling the Nature Emergency" consultation

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Tips for Your Winter Garden from the StABG Garden Team

Date 14 December 2023

With December here, we've asked our Garden Team to share their top tips for Winter Gardening!

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Promoting Inclusive Events at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Date 30 November 2023

A special guest blog by Gill, from PAMIS Scotland, sharing her memories of visiting the Garden with her son Leo, and how her experience is helping to shape more inclusive events at SABG


It’s All About the People... and the Plants of Course!

Date 22 November 2023

Volunteer Sandy shares his thoughts on volunteering at St Andrews Botanic Garden!

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A Growing Garden Team

Date 17 November 2023

We are delighted to welcome three new members of staff to our Garden team this autumn!


Autumn Adventures at Planet Botanic Holiday Club!

Date 9 November 2023

Our Planet Botanic Holiday Club enjoyed two weeks of awesome autumn activities this October break, thanks to support from the St Andrews Community Trust!

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Tips for Your Autumn Garden from the StABG Garden Team

Date 14 September 2023

With Autumn almost here, we've asked our Garden Team to share their top tips for Autumn Gardening!


Growing the Green Workforce with New Apprenticeships

Date 7 September 2023

We're sharing what our interns have been up to this summer and the importance of these programmes!

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Things to See & Do this Autumn!

Date 4 September 2023

The summer holidays might have come to an end, but there’s plenty to look forward to at the Garden, with lots to see and do this autumn!

Tangled Banks and Sentinel Plants: Our Biodiversity Plan

Date 16 August 2023

We are delighted to announce that we have recently published our Biodiversity Plan – setting out our long-term vision for our research, conservation and education


Planet Botanic Holiday Club Adventures this Summer!

Date 3 August 2023

Nature Engagement Assistant James shares what our Holiday Club has been up to this summer, thanks to the Our Minds Matter Small Grants Fund!

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Securing the Long-Term Future of St Andrews Botanic Garden

Date 12 July 2023

The signing of a 40-year lease agreement with site owners, the University of St Andrews, has secured the long-term future of the Garden, creating a strong foundation for our work and for investment in the Garden.


Visit from Willie Rennie MSP

Date 6 June 2023

We welcomed North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie to the Garden, to meet our team and discuss our ongoing projects.


Celebrating the Wellbeing Benefits of Volunteering

Date 30 May 2023

Sharing more about our Planting For Your Piece project and Volunteer Celebration Day this Volunteer Week!

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Developments in the Tangled Bank

Date 23 May 2023

Read the latest updates on our Tangled Bank project from our Curator Beccy!


Plants on the Move

Date 19 May 2023

Find out more about "Plants On the Move" from our Director Harry - a new research project identifying opportunities to conserve threatened habitats in Fife

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Visitors Have a Blast at The Big Spring Bash!

Date 8 May 2023

St Andrews Botanic Garden recently welcomed over 750 visitors during a brand-new event “The Big Spring Bash” - a celebration of spring, showcasing wonderful small businesses and projects from across Fife!


Funding Secured to Run Holiday Club Provision

Date 4 May 2023

This Spring after successfully securing funding support from the Our Mind Matters Small Grants Fund through Fife Council and Scottish Government, we were able to provide a fully funded holiday club provision with free spaces allocated through a targeted approach ensuring it supported families who really needed it.

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Introducing DAISY Fridays!

Date 1 May 2023

Welcoming our new DAISY Fridays - Donate As It Suits You on the first Friday of the month!


A Garden for the Biocene

Date 26 January 2023

Our team are very excited to announce that we’ve begun the process of creating our new Biocene Garden - exploring the future of our urban greenspaces.


Welcoming our Artist in Residence Emma Varley

Date 25 January 2023

We’re delighted to be working with Fife Contemporary to welcome our new Artist in Residence Emma Varley to the Garden!


Visiting the Garden in Winter

Date 16 January 2023

Here's why you should make the most of a winter visit!


Signs of Change at the Garden

Date 19 September 2022

We’re very pleased to introduce our new interpretation in the Garden! Working alongside illustrator Astrid Jaekel, and designer Martin Seagar, from MS Creative, we’ve developed beautiful new display boards, sharing our story and aims with our visitors.


Our Biodiversity Plan 2022

Date 1 September 2022

Our Director Dr Harry Watkins shares our new Biodiversity Plan - our commitment to addressing the challenges of conservation during the biodiversity crisis and transition to net zero.


Exploratree at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Date 11 August 2022

We are thrilled to open our new play area at St Andrews Botanic Garden!


Reaching Net Zero: Reducing our Carbon Emissions by 98%

Date 19 July 2022

We’re thrilled to be able to share a significant milestone as a Garden! Through a fundamental shift in our strategy and operations, we’ve achieved Net Zero carbon emissions - using just 2% of the energy than before implementing changes.


Great Big Bioblitz

Date 5 July 2022

This June, the Garden welcomed over 220 Primary School pupils to learn about science and wildlife as part of our Great Big Bioblitz events! Find out more about what they got up to!


A Reflection On Volunteering

Date 27 April 2022

Here Alison, who is part of both our Garden Nursery and Education volunteer groups, shares her thoughts on volunteering at the Garden.

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A New Life For The Garden's Buildings

Date 24 February 2022

St Andrews Botanic Garden this week unveils plans to create new spaces for education, research and community in the heart of the Garden as part of the ongoing works to refresh the Garden’s plant collections and buildings.

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Community Plants New Woodland

Date 23 February 2022

In honour of the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow, The St Andrews Forest, Meadows in the Making and the St Andrews Botanic Garden teams came together to host a three-day tree planting marathon.

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Green Hay Day - How To Make A Meadow

Date 22 February 2022

Developing our meadows and enriching our green spaces in St Andrews is the aim of the Meadows in the Making project – and that is exactly what our volunteers have been doing learn more in this blog posting.