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October 25 2021

head gardener sallie speaks to members of the royal botanic garden edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes, with their mission being to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future’. 

Their collection was established in 1670 and is one of the best of its kind in the world, featuring 13,500 plant species from 157 countries, with 60% of the plants from wild origin. 

As the RBGE is such an impressive and important institution, we’re thrilled that our very own Head Gardener of Horatio’s Garden Scotland, Sallie Sillars, will soon be speaking to its members on Tuesday 9th November at 10:15am as part of one of their regular online Members’ Coffee Morning events. 

Sallie will be sharing more about what Horatio’s Garden is, how the charity began, what we do now and our vision for the future. 

As well as giving a general insight into our work nationally, Sallie will also be introducing the audience to our stunning sanctuary in Scotland with a selection of images. Her illustrated narrative will take the audience back to the opening of the garden in 2016 and will examine how the various vibrant plants have grown and developed to create the oasis we see today. 

Simultaneously, Sallie will be highlighting the positive impact the garden has on patients, relatives, visitors and NHS staff too. Drawing on her own personal stories and experiences, she’ll be offering everyone an insight into the therapeutic world of Horatio’s Garden and how she too is constantly learning to ensure she continues to inspire and bring the benefits of nature to people affected by spinal cord injury. 

The event is for Members of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, therefore unfortunately tickets are not available to the public. However, we are very much hoping all those who are able to attend enjoy listening to Sallie as much as we do and there will certainly be future opportunities for everyone to hear the many wonderful things she has to say! 

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