Plant Hunters of Rowallane Garden

Hunting the Himalayas at Rowallane Garden

Rowallane garden will take families on an imaginary journey around our garden, following in the footsteps of those who collected all the amazing plants from around the world.

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

With the aid of your trusty and informative Plant Hunters Passport, you will learn from other plant hunters who adventured around the globe in search of the rarest plants.

Grab a Plant Hunters Passport of Rowallane Garden.
Plant Hunters Passport Rowallane Garden
Grab a Plant Hunters Passport of Rowallane Garden.

Ernest Wilson went on globe-trotting adventures in search of plants. Ernest travelled through China in search of the Handkerchief Tree. He did not speak the language, but was given a hand-drawn map and travelled 13,000 miles only to find a stump. Not one to give up, Ernest used his plant-hunting wit and in 1902 brought back seeds for the magnificent tree that can be seen in our garden today. 

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 – you’re in for a big adventure! –Come along and your little ones can follow in the footsteps of history’s great plant hunters.