Behind the scenes at the Royal Botanic Garden
Visit | Royal Botanic Garden
Monday 10 September 2012 - 10:30
This is the perfect event for those who combine a love of plants with an interest in history and art. Dr Henry Noltie is a botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden an author of many books and papers on Himalayan flora and botanical drawings. In recent years his work has concentrated on historical aspects of the Botanics' herbarium and archive collection, and his particular interest is in the botanical drawings made for Scottish East India Company surgeons by Indian artists.
Henry has agreed to show us the herbarium, which contains some 3 million dried plants dating back to 1700. In particular he will concentrate on the Indian collections, showing how the herbarium specimens relate to the botanical drawings, and library and archive collections. This is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of this internationally significant collection. Please note that we will be meeting at the Herbarium on Inverleith Row. There will be two tours: 10.30am and 2.30pm, so please state your choice when booking.
This event has been organised by a local supporter help group to raise money for the Art Fund.