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Sandstone & the Blue Whale: Stories from One of the World’s Oldest Botanic Gardens

Friday, July 12, 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET

Presented by Sadie Barber; Moderated by Curt DiCamillo

Founded in 1670, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is one of the oldest surviving botanic gardens in the world. Housing 273,000 individual plants (representing approximately 13,300 species) and over 3 million specimens, the garden is known not only for its wonderful collection of plants, but also for its architecture, creative programs, scientific studies, and archives. This illustration-rich webinar will feature some of the most interesting stories of the history of this exceptional garden and offer insight into how the garden’s mission to “explore, conserve, and explain the world of plants” is realized in practical terms today.

Sadie Barber, Manager of the Research Collections at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, has been working in horticulture for 20 years. Her expertise ranges from glasshouse horticulture to project management and plant collecting in the wild.

Curt DiCamillo, who joined American Ancestors in February of 2016 as the organization’s first Curator of Special Collections, is an internationally recognized authority on British historic houses and the decorative arts.