The Gentian

The Gentian is the magazine of the Members of Ness Botanic Gardens. It is published three times a year (Spring, Summer and Winter) and contains an authoritative and accessible mix of news and updates including gardening advice, plant and wildlife features and a guide to what's on at Ness Botanic Gardens.

The Gentian Spring 2020

The Gentian is usually posted out to Members, however due to the current circumstances surrounding Coronavirus (Covid-19) we are unable to do so at the present time. So, for the first time, we are making The Gentian available online at the time of publication, for our Members to enjoy while at home. We do hope to post out a paper copy  in due course.


The Gentian Spring 2020 (pdf) link



Please note that all events are cancelled or postponed at the present time. Please check the website or our social media for updates on opening and events.


Members of Ness Botanic Gardens Coach Programme 2020

We had planned to release details the 2020 Coach Programme with the spring Gentian. However,  a number of the planned excursions will no longer be taking place due to the circumstance surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. We are in contact with all the venues we had organised trips to in order to discuss the best way forward in the current circumstances.


Contributors and advertising

The Editor, Fiona Harrison, welcomes suggestions for articles. Please contact her with a synopsis of your idea at

The Gentian also welcomes advertisements. If you would like to advertise your organisation or event, contact the Editor for details of technical requirements for copy and rates. Discounted rates are offered for repeat advertisements.

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