Commonwealth Flowers Exhibition opens in Glasgow

*NEW* Extended Deadline – the exhibition will run until the 20th of August in the Boiler House of the Hidden Gardens

The Commonwealth Flowers and Patchwork Meadow Exhibition is now up and running at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow. We managed to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay yesterday as we were setting up.

The exhibition is free to all and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 8pm and on Sundays 12pm until 6pm. The exhibition runs from the 23rd of July until the newly extended end date of the 20th of August. The main exhibition is hosted in the Boiler House and there will be three banners outside in the garden. Plantlife would like to thank the Hidden Gardens for their support in hosting this exhibition. This project is funded by the Celebrate It fund.

Hidden Gardens (behind the Tramway Centre) – 25A Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE. Nearest train station Pollokshields East.

There are squares celebrating national and culturally important plants from across the Commonwealth from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Caribbean, the South Atlantic and Europe. Imagine yourself in the forests, islands, mountains, jungles, lakes and deserts of the Commonwealth and enjoy the skill of the many different contributors. There are also examples from other European countries on display here. The squares have been created by organisations and individuals across the UK, Europe and North America. Many of the Commonwealth squares were created by Madderty Primary School in Perthshire and at two workshops during Scottish Refugee Week.

There are squares celebrating the glorious diversity within the Commonwwealth.

Many squares celebrate the cultural richness of wild plants within Scotland. Included in the exhibition are 3 thistles – one made by a Scottish school boy of 6 years, another by a Scottish gentleman of 96 years and another by a Sri Lanka lady, Doreen Goonetilleke, who has lived in Scotland for the past 35 years.

There are squares celebrating the Scottish Clan Badge plants, ancient battle emblems. These have been contributed by Clan Associations in Scotland, America and New Zealand.

We hope that you will enjoy the exhibition and please leave any comments in the visitors book. The exhibition will open at the Fair Maid’s House (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) in Perth on the 26th of August and will run until the 24th of October.

To find out more about the national plants of the Commonwealth please download the factsheets here.

African Commonwealth Plants

Americas and European Commonwealth National and Cultural Plants

Asian and Pacific Commonwealth National and Cultural Plants British Overseas Territories National and Cultural Plants