The Perth Nursery & Beyond

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The Perth Nursery & Beyond

A Spirit of Enterprise and Improvement

Elspeth Bruce and Pat Kerr


The rich alluvial deposits from the River Tay, combined with its sheltered location, make Perth a place that enjoys rich growing conditions. In the area now covered by Riverside Park, there was a nationally important nursery established in the eighteenth century by James Dickson, whose notable clientele included HRH The Duke of York, who sourced trees for Windsor Great Park. The first double- flowered Scots Roses were cultivated in the nursery by Messrs Dickson & Brown (later Dickson & Turnbull) of Perth in 1793, after Robert Brown and his brother transplanted some of the wild Scots Roses (Rosa pimpinellifolia) from Kinnoull Hill into the nursery. This is believed to have formed the initial basis of commercial rose breeding as we know it today. The nursery was also the first to distribute one of the most valuable Scottish root crops, the Swedish turnip, first grown from seeds sent to the nursery by the great botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1772. The Perth Nursery & Beyond tells the fascinating and important story of the Riverside Nursery. Fully illustrated, this is a book that deserves a home on every coffee table. Today, the grounds of the former Riverside Nursery are under the care of Beautiful Perth, a local registered charity run by volunteers, in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, whose primary aim is to ‘make Perth a beautiful place to live, work and visit’. In 2018, Riverside Park was awarded the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Best UK Park and Greenspace Award’. In 2019, Beautiful Perth was named the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘Champion of Champions’ for the first time in its history. In the same year, Riverside Park was again voted by the RHS as the ‘Best UK Park and Greenspace’.

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