Lady Dalhousie hosts dinner for garden trust

Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Bill Torrance television presenter and radio broadcaster.
Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Bill Torrance television presenter and radio broadcaster.

Lady Dalhousie welcomed a former Beechgrove Garden host and president of the Royal Horticultural Society to a special fundraising dinner.

Bill Torrance and Sir Nicholas Bacon both attended the dinner at Brechin Castle, which was in support of the Dundee Botanic Garden Endowment Trust.

Lady Dalhousie is Patron of the trust, and the two were guests of honour. The dinner was part of Lady Dalhousie’s support for the Trust in its campaign to raise £3 million.

Sir Nicholas and Mr Torrance also visited the Botanic Garden as guests of Lady Dalhousie.

The president of the Royal Horticultural Society praised the garden as a place to not only see a wide variety of plants but as a space which can enrich the spirit and provide a sense of wellbeing.

“In a progressively urban world, where the virtual usurps the real, Dundee Botanic Garden provides not only an opportunity to see a rich combination of plants, but also to experience a sense of wellbeing and an enrichment of the Spirit,” said Sir Nicholas.

This was former Beechgrove Garden host Bill Torrance’s first visit to the Botanic Garden in 20 years and he revealed that he believed this was “Dundee’s wee gem.”

Bill firmly believes more needs to be done to encourage the community from Dundee, Angus and further afield to visit this beautiful attraction.

The Botanic Garden is one of the city’s natural gems, a 21-acre oasis of calm in the heart of Dundee. The Endowment Trust is working to secure the future of this wonderful asset as a place for people to enjoy and as an educational resource.

“We have been delighted to welcome Sir Nicholas and Bill to the Garden and to receive their support for our ongoing fundraising campaign that will secure the long term future of this magnificent space,” said Gordon Ramsay, trust development officer for the Botanic Garden.

“This is a wonderful time of year to visit the Garden, which is of course open to everyone every day of the week.”

As part of their fundraising campaign the Endowment Trust is offering sponsorship and other opportunities in the Garden. Anyone who is interested in finding out more can contact Gordon Ramsay on 01382 381136, by email at g.w.ramsay@dundee.ac.uk or by visiting the website at http://sites.dundee.ac.uk/botanicgardentrust/