Walking With Poets

Walk with poet Jean Atkin at Logan

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Aug 052013
 
Walk with poet Jean Atkin at Logan

Jean Atkin has now taken up residence at Logan Botanic Garden! Check out www.walkingwithpoets.com to see her blogs and photos. She’s also got a wonderful range of events planned- all free with Garden Admission. An award-winning poet and children’s writer, Jean lived in Dumfries & Galloway for 12 years and is very much looking forward […]

Goodbye Edinburgh, and thank you!

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Jul 312013
 
Goodbye Edinburgh, and thank you!

By gardenpoets A final morning stroll in the garden, before the crowds arrive for the day. My time as resident poet in Edinburgh is over. It has been wonderful in so many ways. The staff of the garden are delightful and I have felt so welcomed during my month here. Thank you to everyone who […]

Yew, the last tree

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Jul 282013
 
Yew, the last tree

By gardenpoets Today we reached the end of the alphabet, with a poetry reading in the Queen Mother’s memorial pavilion (see here). It is a surreal little building, lined with shells and cones, and I had not had a chance to use it until today. The rain provided the perfect excuse to shelter in it, […]

Everything new – the aspen renga

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Jul 272013
 
Everything new – the aspen renga

By gardenpoets Here is the renga we wrote at the Botanics. Thanks to Colin Will for being the master, and to all the poeticipants! Everything new A 20-verse (nijuin) renga held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 27th July, 2013 sun going in sun coming out poplars clapping tall lads from Lombardy until the new […]

An aspen renga

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Jul 272013
 
An aspen renga

By gardenpoets Renga is an ancient Japanese way of writing poetry together. Like many of the trees I have been studying in the past few weeks, it is an ancestor, and its descendants include haiku and tanka, familiar to most poets. It consists of up to 20 verses, alternating two and three lines long. The […]

Flow and flower

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Jul 262013
 
Flow and flower

By gardenpoets Today’s ‘tree’ is heather. We drank heather ale last night, and read the legend of the little people of Scotland who kept it secret for so long (where did the Fraoch brewers get the recipe from?). This afternoon, I am trying to convince people that, if you’re the size of a bee, heather […]

Three steps to joy

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Jul 252013
 
Three steps to joy

By gardenpoets My day had three parts. The first was in the Scottish poetry library, the great treasure trove. I returned with a bag of goodies – five books of delicious poetry to feast on, and three bottles of wine. A good ratio! The wine was for this evening’s event to celebrate gorse, which is […]

Being Pine

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Jul 252013
 
Being Pine

For four months, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has been hosting poets in residence in each of the Gardens. This month Mandy Haggith has been our poet in residence at Edinburgh Garden for the month of July. During her time at the Gardens Mandy has been hosting a number of talks, walks and events at […]

Pines and happiness

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Jul 242013
 
Pines and happiness

By gardenpoets ‘The best part of happiness is the pines.’ So said Terri Guillemets. The best part of today were the pines too, and their relatives. We walked around the garden, from Spain, to Chile, to Australia and Norfolk Island in the Pacific, then a short stroll up into the Himalayas, a stride across to […]

Elder, and older

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Jul 232013
 
Elder, and older

By gardenpoets Today I met with Alex Davey, a very helpful guide into the deep time of trees. As well as a reading list, she has pointed me to several of the weirdest and most wonderful plants in the garden, of which this is one. Welwitschia mirabilis is found only in a narrow strip of […]