Slessor Gardens: Asia Connections

Dundee has exported materials to trading partners throughout the globe. Perhaps most famously it was the capital of the Jute Industry- the first bales of Jute are said to have arrived in Dundee in 1820 and started an industry which was to employ over 50,000 people and leave its mark on the City with many large mill buildings that can still be seen today. The History of the Jute Industry can be viewed at the Verdant Works Museum in West Henderson's Wynd.

This garden sits on the site of the former Earl Grey Dock which was infilled during the early 1960's to enable the construction of the Tay Road Bridge.

The design of this garden has been structured to echo the formality of gardens found on the Indian sub-continent, with seating reflective of the Jute bales that once passed through this location in great numbers .

Asia Themed Garden at Slessor Gardens

Planting within this garden includes:

  • Taxus Baccata (English Yew)
  • Heuchera Greenfinch
  • Skimmia Kew Green
  • Phormiun Tenax Purpureum (New Zealand Flax)
  • Agapanthus White
  • Spiraea Little Princess
  • Gold Red Tagetes
  • Phormium Black Beauty

Additional plants from Asia and other regions of the world can also be found within the University of Dundee's Botanic Garden - open to the public throughout the year on Riverside Drive near Dundee Airport.