Born in Scone David Douglas, is believed to have attended school in nearby Kinnoull. later to become one of the greatest plant hunters and explorers of America’s northwest.
Through a gardening job on Scone Estate, Douglas’ interest in flowers, trees, birds and animals was encouraged which later led to his first plant collecting expedition to the eastern part of North America.
Douglas introduced many new plants to Britain, including the Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), some of the other most important trees in our countryside and many commonly grown garden plants. He died in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) with several versions as to how he met his death - but a fitting memorial to him now stands in the grounds of the old church at Scone.
This short multi takes you to the memorial where you need to answer the following questions, after which a short walk is required to find the cache. Parking is near the church. Please watch your footing near the final cache as there is a warren of rabbit holes.
Cache can be found at N56.2 A. B C D / W003.2 E. F G H
A = Looking on the BTC information board, how many petals does the yellow flower have?
B = Looking at the black railings – count the number of pineapples you can see, then double this number.
C = From the BTC information board - Douglas went on his first plant hunting expedition to North America when he was aged 2C.
D = On the back of the BTC information board is an 11 digit phone number – what is the third number? (missing, use 3)
E = Look on the back of the memorial, there is a date carved in stone at the very top – 18E1.
F = Look at the white plaque on the front of the memorial. Plaque erected by the lovers of botany in Europe in 1F47.
G = Look at the bench adjoined to the BTC information board – how many horizontal slats make up the seat.
H = From the BTC information board - Douglas risked his life many times in search of new plants. He collected hundreds of species, of which more than H00 were new to Britain.
Cache is a 1.1ltr box and the contents include.
mini camera tripod
set of gel pens
sticky tape dispenser
computer mouse eraser
please swap fairly