The Indian Botanic Carden, Calcutta

The Calcutta Botanic Garden was first set up in the 1780s by Lieutenant Colonel Kyd, a Scot from Forfarshire, then Secretary of the Military Department of Inspection in Bengal, at his estate of Sibpur across the Hooghly River from the city, writes Dr James Simpson OBE FRIAS. In 1786 Kyd proposed that the East India Company should take over the garden and the Court of Directors gave their formal approval in July 1787.

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Plant hunting in China

Back in June 2014, I joined a Royal Horticultural Society Plant Seekers trip to the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan trip led by two eminent botanists, Jim Gardiner and Roy Lancaster, writes Theodora Stanning. This was a unique opportunity to visit a variety of botanically rich locations with environments varying from subtropical forest to subalpine/alpine landscapes and to see, examine and photograph some of the wealth of flowering plants that thrive in these locations.

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Glorious gardens

It is clear that you cannot conserve that which you do not know about, writes Sue Hewer. Thanks to the Inventory of some 390 historic gardens and designed landscapes maintained by Historic Scotland we know quite a lot about sites of national importance and for the most part their owners are anxious to conserve what they have.

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A quarry too far

New Lanark’s Bonnington landscape at the Falls of Clyde This historically important 18th century designed landscape in the World Heritage Site Buffer Zone is in jeopardy since South Lanarkshire Council granted CEMEX permission to extend Hyndford Quarry. GHSS has been prominent in preparing the case against it as part of an umbrella group led by […]

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