School Visits

We are currently redeveloping our education programme, and now have a selection of workshops on offer for nurseries and primary schools this term. All our sessions are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. Please click the link above for further information and options available. 

There is a large emphasis on the use of the senses to develop the key scientific skills of observation and classification, as well as an emphasis on outdoor learning. Outdoor learning is not only a requirement in the curriculum, but also something we strongly believe is essential to allow children to experience the natural world first hand and appreciate it’s importance, bringing in the cross cutting theme of sustainability naturally. We also aim to incorporate literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and wider cross-curricular learning into sessions where possible and appropriate. 

Alternatively, come and visit the garden on a self-guided basis and explore all that we have to offer with your  playgroup, nursery, primary or secondary class. Home-school groups and clubs welcome.There are self-guided trails both outside and indoors to enhance your visit. Resources are available for teachers on request to assist visit preparation.

Butterfly House visits (seasonal) support a range of topics such as rainforest, mini beasts, senses, lifecycles, pollination and classification in addition to literacy themes such as the Hungry Caterpillar or art projects.

Booking enquiries [email protected]

Group Visits and Guided Tours

We welcome group visits to the garden, whether coming as part of a coach tour or simply if you are getting together with some friends for the day.  We can offer 10% discount on garden entry to groups of 10 or more when booked in advance.  The 18 acres of garden including an extensive glasshouse range and ample space to enjoy a picnic, provides the perfect opportunity to relax as well as have an informative visit.  Groups are welcome to visit our tropical butterfly house (open April to September) and we can arrange to book this for you at a preferred time so that the group can enjoy the butterflies together.

For an additional charge, tea and coffee during your visit can be arranged in advance and can be served in our indoor event space for larger groups.  The tearoom and shop can also be used for purchasing snacks, cold drinks and gift items as required.  We also have a wheelchair which can be booked for the duration of your visit.

Our team of knowledgeable garden guides offer guided tours around the garden and tours can be tailored to the interests and/or needs of the group.  All of our garden guides are volunteers and the tours are free with normal garden entry when booked in advance.  We can arrange more than one guide for larger groups.

Individual or coach tour operators wishing to book a group visit or guided tour are asked to e-mail their enquiry to [email protected] with details of preferred date, time, group size, duration of visit and any additional requirements.  Please also state whether you require a guide to take you around the garden.  If travelling by coach, please phone or email in advance to discuss a suitable drop-off point and parking arrangements.

For more information or to make a booking please email [email protected]