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Bryologising at Benmore

Four years ago, we took an overnight trip to one of the four gardens of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Benmore, in Argyll (Sunday 2nd – Monday 3rd February…

BioBlitz record breaker

Counting the wild species in a given area in a set time is the aim of a BioBlitz. Clearly, the biggest list will be produced by involving as…

Story: Tom Tit Tot

As you look at the dwarf Rhododendrons, listens as Tony Banning tells the tale of Tom Tit Tot.

School Visit Memories

Join Lewis, who attends a local school and Alan Bennell as they talk about school trips to Benmore.

Story: Clootie Tree

Listen to Tony Banning’s thoughts on the handkerchief or Clootie tree.

Story: the Dragon and the Monkey

Listen to Tony Banning’s tale of a Dragon and a Monkey whilst admiring the magnificent, spiky Monkey Puzzle tree.

Puzzled Monkey

Join Lewis, who attends a local school and Alan Bennell for a kids-eye view of Monkey Puzzle’s and the animals that can be found in the garden.

Story: A Firry Tale

Join Tony Banning for a tale of why Firs keep their needles in the winter.

Story: A Giants Tale

Listen to Tony Banning’s tales of giants as you wonder through the avenue of Giant Redwoods.

Around a Redwood

Join local school child Lewis and Alan Bennell as they explore the Giant Redwoods of the avenue.

Benmore Children’s Trail

As you walk through the garden, listen to stories inspired by the plants around you and learn more about some of the fascinating plants held in the collection.

Beeches – North and South

Here Alan Bennell discusses the differences between the Northern hemisphere (Fagus) and Southern hemisphere (Nothofagus) trees.


Here Alan Bennell and Peter Baxter discuss Stewartia.

How tall are these trees?

Here Alan Bennell talks about how you can measure the heights of some of the nearby trees.


Here Alan Bennell talks about the Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) and the differences between true cedars (Cedrus) and Thuja.

Giant Brazilian Rhubarb

Here Alan Bennell talks about the Giant Brazilian Rhubarb Gunnera manicata.

The Eachaig Arboretum

Here Alan Bennell introduces you to the Eachaig Arboretum.

Birdlife at Benmore

Here Neil McCheyne ralks about some of the birdlife you may see and hear whilst exploring the gardens.

George Forrest and his Rhododendrons

Here Alan Bennell introduces George Forrest and his plant collections.

Native treasures at Benmore

Alan Bennell discusses the rich variety of native species, including birch, pine, mosses and wild flowers growing at Benmore that you can explore.