Plant Hunters of Rowallane Garden

Plant Hunters Passport Rowallane Garden

As you wander through the tall tress and seasonal blooms of Rowallane Garden you'll be transported back in time and around the globe as you discover the exciting history of the plants that call Rowallane Garden home and the adventures of trail-blazing plant hunters who brought them here.

Hunting the Himalayas at Rowallane Garden
Hunting the Himalayas at Rowallane Garden
Hunting the Himalayas at Rowallane Garden

Join us as we share with you the story of Sara and Ponya, two intrepid explorers who want to go in search for some of the rarest, biggest and most colourful plants that were collected over the course of more than a century.

Plant Hunters

Inspired by the plant hunting adventures of Ernest Wilson, this trail around Rowallane Garden encourages visitors, kids and adults alike, to stop and smell the roses, poppies, rhododendrons and other flora and fauna in the garden and learn all about how they came to be staples in the British garden.


Travelling through China in search of the Handkerchief Tree to the Himalays in seach of the Blue Poppy, Ernest Wilson never let his lack of knowledge about the plants he hunted or the lands he visited stop him from accomplishing his goals. .

Plant Hunter- Ernest Wilson
Plant Hunter- Ernest Wilson
Plant Hunter- Ernest Wilson

From the heights of the Himalayas to the llamas on the Chilean Uplands this is a big adventure for the whole family to enjoy.  

Pick up your Plant Hunter passport from the Visitor Centre on your next visit and explore the gardens of Rowallane through the eyes of the trailblazers whose discoveries have filled Rowallane Garden with truly fascinating flora and fauna.