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Nature Play Two Years On

Now two full years have passed since our Nature Play: Nature Conservation project to explore the idea of informal, child-led play within an area of native vegetation in…

Remembering Sami food ambassador Greta Huuva

Listeners to Radio 4’s Food Programme will have head the fascinating account of the Hadza, East Africa’s last group of hunter gatherers with a diet of 95% wild…

My 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

I only managed one day at the 6GBGC last week but it was a day crammed full of ideas and inspiration from the keynote on Plant Dignity in…

Food Forever

Each year, for the past four years, leaders from industry, government, the third sector and research have gathered in Stockholm for the EAT Forum to look at global…

John Jeffrey rediscovered

160 years after the disappearance of young Scottish plant-hunter John Jeffrey, a reimagining of his missing journals finally reveals the truth behind an extraordinary adventure. In 1850, with…

What’s After After the Storm

A hundred years ago, in the Spring of 1917, Europe was in the in the midst of the Great War and here in Edinburgh doctors at Craiglockhart Hospital…

Simon Whatley’s Span Table

Simon Whatley collaborated with furniture maker Jonathan Pang to produce the Span Table one of the pieces currently on show in the exhibition After the Storm in the…

After the Storm publication arrives

As the After the Storm exhibition continues to attract a large and appreciative audience in the John Hope Gateway, this week we are launching the much anticipated After…

Climate Change, Storm Connor and Capturing Carbon.

Storm Connor blasted the North-East of Britain with 90 mph winds over the Christmas holidays, just days before the fifth anniversary of Cyclone Andrea. Over the same period…

Gardens are good for you

Images from Nacadia, a therapy garden at Horsholm Arboretum, Denmark   Gardening is good for you, and it is now official. The use gardening in the treatment of…

After the Storm Update

I last wrote a blog about the After the Storm Project back in February this year and a lot has happened since then. The 12 Scottish furniture makers…

Prayer Flags in the Garden

Strings of Prayer Flags or Lung ta are a common sight on mountain passes across Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The coloured flags are printed with prayers that are…

After the Storm

The After the Storm journey began on 3 January 2012 when Cyclone Andrea (described as a once in a lifetime event) swept across Scotland with winds reaching 100mph,…

Jamie Taggart

Jamie Taggart, who with his father Jim Taggart created the inspiring Linn Botanic Garden on the Rosneath peninsular, disappeared during a plant hunting expedition in North West Vietnam…

Help Your Child to Wonder

At this time of year parents are frantically trying to decide what to give their children for Christmas. Can I make a suggestion? As first proposed by pioneer…

How can botanic gardens grow their social role?

One of the biggest changes to take place in botanic gardens in the 21st century has been the adoption of an expanded social role. Botanic gardens remain about…

Sami ethnobotany – Pine and Birch

We have just had a facinating week visiting communities and wild places across Scotland with three Sami guests from the Far North of Sweden. Greta and Linn Huuva,…

Sami wild food experts visit Scotland

Back in March I wrote a blog ‘wild food Sami style’ about a new book and film about Sami chef and food ambassador Greta Huuva. Now Greta, her…

Another Green World – Linn botanic Garden

Nestled between folds in the low hills facing Loch Long the Linn Botanic Garden is one of Scotland’s lesser known botanical treasures – a remarkable collection of plants…

Wild Scottish and Free

Last week I presented my first one off show as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas in the Edinburgh Fringe. The event got a good audience and…