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“Small but perfectly formed!”

Logan Botanic Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: At the south-western tip of Scotland lies Logan, the country's 'most exotic garden'. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, southern hemisphere plants flourish in this plantsman's paradise near Port Logan in Dumfries & Galloway. Part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Open on Sundays in February then 1st March until 14th November 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We visited on 16th July, a dull, dismal day to begin with and decided to have lunch first of all after the helpful assistant in the shop advised that two coach parties were due in soon. Glad we took her advice! The panini was superb, the salad with it generous and tasty, very tasty. After lunch the gardens were explored, first the walled garden, which featured all types of exotica, from a variety of large palms to small budding plants, all doing well in a climate not inherently kind to them but helped by the Gulf Stream and shading from the 15 feet high walls of that part of the garden. The conservatory was next, which was small but filled with interesting subjects, and then a slow walk round other parts of the gardens with ferns, eucalyptus, colourful planting and the exotica again. All in all a great day out, we shall be back. Oh, and the sun came out which just made it a bit more special!

1  Thank Al D
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Although we visited the Botanic Garden on a sunny July Sunday there were only a dozen or so other visitors in its beautifully landscaped grounds, a happy consequence of its remote location on the Rhins of Galloway. The Garden is paradoxically exotic with Palm Trees, New Zealand Tree Ferns, Eucalypts and plants and shrubs from Australasia, China, Chile and South Africa. The Walled Garden is particularly impressive. There’s also a very pleasant restaurant serving reasonably priced and well presented meals; the prawn and crayfish salad is especially recommended. There is also a small garden shop.

Film buffs may experience deja vu as the Garden featured, as Christopher Lee’s (Lord Summerisle’s) garden, in the 1973 cult film The Wickerman, which was shot largely in Dumfries and Galloway.

Well worth a visit, particularly if you have, as we did, time to spare before boarding a ferry from Cairnryan.

1  Thank Barry Lynch
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The variations of plants, and flowers are amazing, but the first thing you notice are the smells, there are such colours and smells, it really does hit you. Plants and flowers are exotic and beautiful and you could easily spend the whole day there. They have a cafe, which is very reasonable priced, and have a wide range to choose from, with clean toilet facilities. Dining and lunch tables are scattered around for those with pack lunches.
Amazing day.

2  Thank pelecara
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We have always found the gardens to be beautiful any time we have visited but just visited them for the first time in June and they were stunning ! They are very well laid out with a good variety of landscapes and collections. As you come round each corner there is a new and lovely vista and there are lots of seats to just sit and enjoy the views and the serenity. Particularly love the fish pond with its fantastic numbers of large multi-coloured fish and the climb up to the hillside shelter with its hilltop views. The Potting Shed Bistro/Cafe is great, good quality ingredients and friendly service with lots to choose from and a specials board. We have only tried the toasties/sandwiches and cakes but both are superb. The toasties/sandwiches are generously filled and come with a choice of salad or crisps (salads are great - tons of different ingredients and all very fresh and tasty). The cakes are homemade and wonderful. There are at least another 5 gardens in the surrounding area and we have enjoyed them all but in our opinon this is very much the best. All the gardens charge entry fees and these vary but certainly in this case well worth it.

1  Thank Chrissienich
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

The gardens are lovely a nice place to spend an hour or two, we where lucky it was a great day the sun was shinning and we also had our lunch there which was very nice.

1  Thank LADYSCOT
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