2013 sees a very special partnership between the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and the Scottish Poetry Library. From June to September, each RBGE Garden will host its very own poet for a whole month: Sue Butler was resident in Benmore for the month of June, July saw Mandy Haggith weaving words in Edinburgh, now in August Jean Atkin is setting up camp at Logan, and Gerry Loose takes root at Dawyck in September.

Sue Butler in Benmore ExplorerHighlights so far….

Sue Butler reached her goal of collating 150 poems to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Benmore’s Redwood Avenue. They were contributed by Benmore Botanic Garden visitors and staff, and e-poets from all over the world who submitted poems via www.walkingwithpoets.com.

Mandy Haggith took people through the Gaelic Tree Alphabet, with 18 events each featuring a particular species. There were touchy-feeling walks, outdoor readings, evening folklore and poetry sessions and poetry workshops which Botanics’ visitors, staff and volunteers all came to enjoy.

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