The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, one of the first Physic gardens in Britain founded in 1670 by two doctors on a plot no bigger than a tennis court, at a time of great change in an overcrowed medieval Edinburgh full of disease. In this lecture I will tell you about Edinburgh’s history, introduce you to some of the most important plant hunters, show you around the gardens and give you an insight into the workings of a modern botanic garden. We will also look at Edinburgh’s satellite gardens with their varying growing conditions. Benmore in Argyllshire with its 90″ of rain a year, Logan near Stranraer with its subtropical plants and Dawyck with its giant conifers. The talk will be accompanied by a selection of digital photographs and lasts 1 to 2 hours depending on your requirements.
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