Glasgow Botanic Gardens: COVID-19 latest

Updated 4 May 2020

The Gardens remain open for exercise for local residents although the Glasshouses, Kibble Palace and Tea Rooms are shut.

Although getting fresh air and exercise at this time is recommended please remember to practice social distancing to protect others and yourself.

Events including wedding bookings are now cancelled until further notice, please contact 0141 276 1614 if you have an enquiry relating to bookings.

The numerous important plant collections at Glasgow Botanic Gardens including our National Collections of Begonias, Dendrobiums and Tree Ferns are being maintained.

Volunteering is cancelled until a review is carried out into safe working practices including social distancing. We are not accepting any new volunteer applications at present and a waiting list is currently in operation for existing applications. Updates for new volunteers will be posted here and existing volunteers will be contacted directly.

Glasgow City Council will review the situation at Glasgow Botanic Gardens in line with Scottish Government advice.

We wish you all the very best at the moment, one day this will be over and we will open fully again.


Glasshouses and Tea Room

Update 18 March 2020 09:30am

Glasgow Botanic Glasshouses and Team Room at the Botanics are now closed.

In line with the government’s advice on reducing social contact, Glasgow City Council Neighbourhood and Sustainability Service has taken the difficult decision to close the Glasshouses this morning. This is in line with ALEO Glasgow Life venues across the city, which now are also shut.

This closure will also help us maintain safe social distancing measures for the public and our staff who have to maintain the valuable plant collections.

We expect the closure to continue until at least the end of April.


Update 17 March 2020

Please note that volunteering at Glasgow Botanic Gardens is suspended while Government advice on social distancing is in force.

Events at Glasgow Botanic Gardens organised by the Friends

Update 13 March 2020

Due to the dynamic situation regarding public health in the UK the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens have reluctantly taken the following decisions.

The Certificate of Practical Horticulture for Spring 2020 has been postponed. This course was due to commence on Saturday March 14th. If you were signed up to this course the course co-ordinator will be in touch with you by email regarding re-arrangement or re-imbursement. Please read the separate statement posted by the Friends on the CPH Page

The Award Ceremony for students from the Summer 2019 Course on the 28th March is cancelled and we will post out certificates and awards.

The Kibble Lecture on April 23rd which was due to be given by Martin Gardner on the subject of the Conifer Conservation Project is also postponed.

This website will be kept up to date re-the changes to the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens programme.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens is operated by Glasgow City Council and these cancellations refer to events organised by the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens, other events running at Glasgow Botanic Gardens are organised by different providers and you may have to refer to them for the latest information.