Falkirk-born George Forrest undertook 7 expeditions to Yunnan province, southwest China, between 1904 and 1932, sending back not only thousands of plant specimens and seeds to enrich our gardens here in the U.K. but also hundreds of letters and photographs describing his views and death-defying adventures, often retelling them with style and humour. These documents are now looked after at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh by archivist Leonie Paterson, who will talk about Forrest using his words and pictures.


Leonie has worked at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh library for 18 years.  She became interested in becoming an archivist after a library enquiry led her to delve into the Forrest papers and she became hooked by his photographs and letters.


All events in our lecture series include an opportunity to meet the guest lecturer, coffee and cakes and a special tour of the Castle.


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About the lecturer

Leonie has worked at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh library for 18 years.  She became interested in becoming an archivist after a library enquiry led her to delve into the Forrest papers and she became hooked by his photographs and letters.

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George Forrest: A Scots Plant Collector in China

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