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ST ANDREWS BOTANIC GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

The Canongate
St Andrews
KY16 8RT

A915, Largo Road, then entrance in The Canongate.

18 acres

Tel
01334 461200

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, 10am–6pm, Apr–Sep; 10am–4pm, Mar & Oct–23 Dec.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Wed.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible garden
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Champion trees
  • Gravel garden
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Rock garden
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
St Andrews Botanic Garden Trust

St Andrews Botanic Garden is a botanic garden unlike any other. Plant conservation is at the heart of the garden's mission and visitors will see radical steps being taken to develop habitats, manage resources efficiently and above all, create new ways of researching the richness of plant life within a beautiful setting. Alongside garden features such as species-rich woodlands, herbaceous borders, a rock garden and exotic plant collections, at the heart of the garden is a new three-acre feature called The Tangled Bank, where examples of some of Fife's most threatened habitats are laid out with meadows, woodlands and dramatic sand dunes.    

The Garden occupies 18 acres with a wide range of places and features to visit, including natural play areas and a busy programme of things to do, see and be involved with. Access for all is an important feature, and there are level access routes around the garden, including through the meadows and sand dunes where a new boardwalk provides views across the garden and up close of otherwise hard-to-see plants.    

The garden has a wide range of plants available for sale, all of which are grown in the garden from seed, cuttings or division by the garden's curatorial team and volunteers. There is also a gift shop with unique botanical art and crafts and food and drink available in the coffee shop.

Plants of special interest

  • Alpines
  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.