The Teaching Garden
The purpose of the teaching garden on the Crichton University Campus is to provide educational, amenity and aesthetic benefit to the campus. The garden is an interactive resource for student learning, public engagement and research on horticulture, botany and ecology.
The garden is being incorporated into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on phenology, plant and insect identification, plant growth experiments and makng space for wildlife.
The garden is open to all and is maintained by a dedicated group of staff and students.
Aims and Objectives
This garden provides a resource for:
- Public and student education on the environmental effects of climate change
- Redevelopment of and improvement of the Crichton Campus grounds in a manner in keeping with the Campus’ history
- Education on plant identification and horticulture
- Ecologically-relevant data to enhance teaching of statistical techniquesInitiation of a network of Phenology Gardens across the UK
- An extended range of Campus events
- The Campus Community to gather and consider our region’s natural and cultural history
The project aims are being met by through objectives that include provision of five garden zones:
1) Phenology Zone
2) Experimental Zone
3) Woodland Zone
4) Medicinal Herbs Zone
5) A Greenhouse
We are delighted to be in receipt of a number of significant funding streams.
Over £25k raised through:
- University of Glasgow’s Chancellor’s Fund
- Finnis Scott Foundation
- Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
- Crichton Foundation
- Solway Heritage (Landfill Community Development Fund)
- School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Additional assistance from: