It has been said that the majority of local children learned to walk in the safe environs of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Certainly it is a place treasured by all ages from home and abroad. Now, families and individuals who feel a special affinity with the “Botanics” are being offered a unique and lasting opportunity to forge a new link through the Celebrate Life initiative.
In a departure from traditional commemorative programmes RBGE has launched an initiative allowing supporters the choice of celebrating a special occasion or remembering a loved one either by making a personal dedication in an online Commemorative Book, which allows family and friends around the world to upload photos, personal messages, or adding an engraved leaf on the majestic Hope Tree in the John Hope Gateway visitor centre.
The move has been seen as an important step forward in providing people who enjoy the Garden with a chance to experience a closer relationship with it and, at the same time, to support its international plant conservation work.
RBGE Director of Enterprise Heather Jackson explained: “Many visitors share fond memories of the Garden, from taking their first steps as an infant, to getting married and retaining an interest as they get older. Others expand their knowledge through our comprehensive educational courses or simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the Garden brings to the heart of the capital.
“The intention is that our Celebrate Life programme should allow people to continue that enjoyment, while also providing the vital financial support which enables the organisation to continue its mission of exploring and explaining the world of plants for a better future”.
For more details on how you can Celebrate Life with RBGE, visit http://celebratelife.rbge.org.uk or call us on 0131 248 2984.