Plant Power 2024

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


'Plant Power’ is an annual event held at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden that coincides with Fascination of Plants Day organised by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

They state: 'The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals.'

This year, staff at the Garden have worked with the University’s School of Life Sciences, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and the James Hutton Institute to create an exciting day of activity focussed on plants. Science activities were:
- Face Painting
- Crime Lab Chemistry
- Root Printing
- Landraces
- Pop-up Medicinal Garden
- Meiosis and Chromosomes
- DNA extraction
- Plants and Pathogens

820 visitors came to the garden. Feedback included:

- The pleasant welcoming staff; really interesting topics which were made applicable to adults and children alike.
- Very interactive but also self directed so we could wonder and do things at own pace. Really enjoyed potato & tomato workshop
- I cannot thank everyone enough that gave their time and shared their knowledge and expertise, I left feeling truly inspired and my faith restored in humanity. Just Wonderful!

Additional participants were: Clara Morriss, Karen Brough, Ankita Maji
Period18 May 2024
Degree of RecognitionRegional