Dr Edward Edmund Kemp, a former Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Scotland's senior horticulturist, was presented with a new medal in recognition of his contribution to the work of the Botanics, just days after celebrating his 100th birthday.
RBGE's Regius Keeper, Professor Stephen Blackmore presented the new Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh silver medal to Dr Kemp during a special reception at the Garden's John Hope Gateway. Guests included Edinburgh's Depute Lord Provost, Rob Munn; local councillor Steve Cardownie, RBGE's Director of Horticulture, Dr David Rae and Professor Mary, Director of Science at RBGE.
Dr Kemp joined the Propagation Department at RBGE in the early 1930s when Sir William Wright Smith was Regius Keeper and served as Curator (now termed Director of Horticulture) from 1950 to 1971. After retiring from RBGE in 1972 he established the University of Dundee Botanic Garden. He is the oldest holder of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society's Scottish Horticultural Medal (which he was awarded in 1960) and the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Medal recognises an outstanding individual contribution in any field related to the work of the RBGE. The medal is struck in silver, with a Sibbaldia motif on one face and a portrait of Robert Sibbald on the other.