St Andrews Botanic Garden

St. Andrews Botanic Garden
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St. Andrews Botanic Garden

Situated between the Kinness Burn and the Canongate on the west side of St Andrews, St Andrews Botanic Garden moved to its present site at Bassaguard ('farm of the priests') in 1960. The original garden just south of St Mary's College in South Street was established in 1889 by Dr John Wilson who laid out beds of plants for university teaching and research.

In 1987, the University of St Andrews leased the 7.2 ha (18 acre) garden to North East Fife District Council.

At the entrance is a sculpture of St Andrew by Alexander Ritchie (1804-70), executed in 1850 for North British Mercantile and Insurance Company (Edinburgh). When their building was to be demolished, the statue was given to St. Andrews University in 1964.

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