The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 27 September to 11 January 2009


The exhibition ´close´ documents GPA & GWG member Allan Pollok-Morris’s
journey through works of garden designers, plants people, artists and architects
created against natural backdrops of the Lowlands, Highlands, and Islands of
Scotland.After 4 years, the project brings together the words and works of 18
people including Andy Goldsworthy, Charles Jencks, the late Ian Hamilton Finlay,
Penelope Hobhouse, Xa Tollemache, Jinny Blom, James Alexander Sinclair and
Douglas Coltart.

The subjects are illustrated through portraits and 100+
photographs of their works, drawing, descriptive text, creative writing and
poetry from those brought together by the project.

Pollok-Morris catches the quintessential qualities which set Scottish gardens
and gardening apart. He records the sense of struggle in a land where the forces
of nature always threaten to defeat those who set out to defy it and to tame and

'Time and again there is a quest for the rediscovery of
meaning in the garden.  What is it there for, what does it mean, how does it
express the ideas and commitment of its creators. For that return to the great
tradition one must be truly grateful.'

Sir Roy Strong

A hardback catalogue with foreword by Sir Roy Strong
accompanies the exhibition for more info see

details on the RBGE web site