Birthday Honour at RBGE

A dedicated and highly-respected authority in education and conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Phil Lusby (52), of Galashiels, received an MBE. for services to UK plant conservation and botanical and horticultural education.

Paying tribute, RBGE Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE said: “This award goes to a highly-appreciated and hugely committed member of the RBGE community.  I am certain that this very well deserved recognition will be warmly welcomed and supported by all the many people who have had the pleasure of knowing, working with and learning from Phil ”.

Of the Head of the School of Horticulture, Mr Milne commented: “Phil combines the rare skills of being a practical and extremely knowledgeable horticulturist and highly-competent botanist. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Scottish native species as well as a wide range of temperate plants and shares his knowledge freely and willingly. His understanding of garden history is also highly-specialised and he has developed a unique course on this subject as part of a portfolio of courses being promoted in the RBGE’s distance learning programme”.

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