Both awards pay testament to the dedication of garden manager, Julia Corden, and the team of 42 local volunteers who maintain the garden in Highland Perthshire. Julia and the team have successfully curated 95 per cent of the blue poppy cultivars list to achieve their National Collection status which now showcases 32 varieties.
As well as managing the Explorers Garden, Corden is a modern day plant hunter and international tour guide and has recently returned from an expedition to Bhutan. Her photographic exhibition ‘In Search Of The Blue Poppy:Bhutan' beautifully highlights the plants, people and mountains of the Himalayan villages she visited and is now showing in the garden's David Douglas Pavilion.
She said: "We have been dedicated to the sourcing and nurturing of Blue Poppies from around Scotland for the past decade and the entire team have worked tirelessly to create and maintain the high standard of design and planting visitors can experience today."