|Great conifers dominate Dawyck Botanic Garden, but are in scale with the landscape. The two largest trees are 'original' Sequoiadendron from the 1850s.|
Dawyck is of exceptional interest, having had good trees planted there for about four hundred years, from the Veitch family in the 1600s, to the Naesmyths from 1691 and the Balfours from 1897 to 1978, when the garden was passed to the care of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, of which it now forms one of the satellite sites. A giant Abies alba survives from the 1690s in the garden, and there are more nearby, but the garden is a classic reflection of the 19th Century interest in conifers and the trees chart the early introductions. Most noteworthy, perhaps, are numerous huge Douglas Firs, Pseudotsuga menziesii, grown from David Douglas's own collections in the 1820s. The tall Sequoiadendron at the foot of the garden are also 'originals' grown from seed sent back to Britain in the 1850s, and there are fine old specimens of many other, rarer species. Into this collection the Royal Botanic Garden has interpolated many recent accessions of both conifers and broad-leaved trees, with Sorbus and Betula being particularly conspicuous at this season. As it is an extremely cold site anything growing there has to be fully hardy.
|Euonymus sieboldianus with conifers.|
|The very spiny Oplopanax horridus (Araliaceae) thrives in the cold climate of Dawyck: it's not easy to grow in milder locations.|
|The aptly named Sorbus amoena - amoena meaning 'beautiful or pleasing'|
|The original Dawyck Beech.|