Posted : 14 July 2020

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden will re-open tomorrow after almost four months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Garden will once again welcome visitors from Wednesday 15 July as part of a phased re-opening. The full 27-acre garden will be open for people to enjoy although there will be some new measures and restrictions in place to ensure a safe return. 

In the initial phase, opening hours will be reduced to 10am-3pm and those wishing to visit will have to pre-book tickets via TripAdvisor or Viator, or alternatively join the Friends of the Dundee Botanic Garden. Hand sanitiser will be available for visitors upon entry and exit. Buildings on the site will remain closed, including the glasshouse and the café. New signage has also been introduced to encourage visitors to maintain appropriate distance and comply with good hygiene. 

The Garden usually attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year, and staff are looking forward to welcoming people back to the city’s popular green space. 

Curator of the Garden, Kevin Frediani, said, “I am very pleased to announce the Botanic Garden will be open again for our Friends and visitors to enjoy from 15 July. 

“It has felt like a never-ending road during lockdown, but it will be great to see people return to make this garden come alive again. Opening the main garden has been something our Friends and regular visitors have been asking for and I am now confident we can open without anyone being put at risk. 

“To ensure safety for all visitors, we ask that people follow social distancing and guidance we have put in place on site, and will require visitors to pre-book tickets online or join the Friends of the Dundee Botanic Garden, as we won’t have cash handling on site for a while longer. 

“We may not be able to visit foreign climes, but we offer 27-acres of secret garden in a unique setting where you can enjoy a walk around the world of plants.” 

The University of Dundee Botanic Garden boasts a wide range of plants, with fine collections of conifers and broad-leaved trees and shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses, as well as water and herb gardens. Located in 9.5 hectares of south facing, gently sloping land near the banks of the River Tay, the Garden features many species of indigenous British plants as well as representative collections of important plants from all the continents of the world. 

Posted : 30 April 2020

Hundreds of final-year students will be exhibiting the fruits of their creative labours online when one of the University of Dundee’s flagship events goes fully digital for the first time.

The Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2020 is an online display taking place in the absence of the annual Degree Show, which has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Graduate Showcase celebrates achievements of graduating students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the department of Architecture within the School of Social Sciences. The launch of this event will be broadcast live online on Friday 12 June to students, staff, families, friends and other visitors. The Showcase will be accompanied by a social media campaign that will run until 21 June.

The Degree Show is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and attracts in excess of 10,000 visitors each year, including employers, gallery owners and other leading industry figures. It is hoped that a physical exhibition of work from this year’s graduating students can be arranged in the future and the Showcase aims to provide them with the best possible platform for their talents in the meantime.

The work on display will represent the culmination of years of creative development and hard work, with the website featuring expanded information on all students, including extra images and video content.

Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, said, “We remain deeply disappointed about the cancellation of our Degree Show this year, a disappointment shared at institutions across the UK who have had to take the same action. Nonetheless we are committed to creating the opportunity for graduating Architecture and DJCAD students to come together as a community.

“Each year we are inspired by the outstanding quality of work produced by our graduating students, and this year is no exception. The work these students are continuing to produce in extraordinary circumstances is exceptional and I know the viewers from around the world will enjoy the outcomes of these endeavours and the immense range of work and talent on display. 

“Our Showcase and accompanying social media campaign will allow us to share the achievements, stories, and work of our graduating cohort with public and professional communities, friends and families.

“The University is proud of our longstanding reputation for educating the next generation of artists, designers and architects. Our graduates are to be found across the globe, establishing careers forged from their formative experiences of being a student here in Dundee.”

The Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2020 will be available to view online from 12 June at www.dundee.ac.uk/graduateshowcase.

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