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Plant Scenery of the World Events, Education and Activities Programme
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As part of Plant Scenery of the World, the lower ground floor gallery at Inverleith House will be transformed into the Green Room, an interactive space for learning, reading, listening and making. Hosting a range of talks, workshops and family activities, the Green Room will also include a resource space, with reading materials, a timeline and participatory displays.

Paradise in palm houses: A history of the glasshouses at RBGE

Sunday 27 August & Saturday 9 September, 2pm
Free | No booking required | Inverleith House Green Room
Learn about the history of the glasshouses at RBGE in an informative talk with Glasshouse Manager Fiona Inches. From the first evidence of a glasshouse in the 18th century at a site in Leith, to the recent re-landscaping of the Temperate Palm House, the glasshouses have been instrumental to research and discovery at RBGE.

Modernism’s Temporary Structures

Tuesday 26 September, 7pm | Inverleith House Green Room | Booking required via Eventbrite
RGBE’s Front Range glasshouses were opened in 1967, a moment in architectural history when there was worldwide fascination for temporary, open and flexible structures - from transparent living pods, to universities on rails and pop-up parliaments, the international architectural journals of the time are full of them. The glasshouses belong to this stylistic tendency, although, ironically, they’ve proved extremely durable. Join Richard Williams, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at Edinburgh University and Head of the History of Art, to explore this fascination for temporariness, what it means, and how it relates to contemporary trends in architecture. 

Glass Menageries

21 October, 3pm
£3 | Booking required via Eventbrite
In this guided tour with Ed Hollis, storyteller of the secret lives that buildings live, we’ll take a walk from jungle to desert, mountaintop to tropical swamp. Drawing on diverse influences and stories, Ed will bring the microcosm of the glasshouses and the imaginary worlds they contain to life. 

Exhibition tours

Saturdays 5, 12, 19, 26 August; 2, 16, 30 September; 14, 28 October, 2pm
Free | No booking required | Meet at Inverleith House reception
Join a member of Inverleith House staff for an insightful tour of the exhibition. 

Family activities:

Plant Stories of the World

 Wednesday 9 August & Saturday 23 September, 2pm
Free | Booking required via Eventbrite
Explorers through the centuries have learnt to value the traditional knowledge of tribal people which has been honed by the need to live in balance with nature. Join a family storytelling walk through the tropical rainforest to discover the powerful plants that can sustain, cure or kill you. 

Family art trail

 Daily | Free | Ages 3+ | Pick up a trail at the John Hope Gateway reception or the Inverleith House reception
Journey into your imagination through Plant Scenery of the World in a fun, interactive in-gallery resource for all the family. 

Drop-in printing activities

 Daily | Free / £4 for optional tote bag | All ages | Inverleith House Green Room
Using rubber stamps and inks, plant up your own glasshouse, taking inspiration from the Front Range glasshouse plans, currently on display in Plant Scenery of the World. Tote bags and fabric inks also available at a small cost to create and take home your own design. 

Weekend workshops:

Make your own Terrarium

Little Botanica bring their sell-out terrarium workshops to RBGE! Take a guided tour of the glasshouses with RBGE horticulturists, before learning how to assemble and care for your very own terrarium with experts from Little Botanica, taking the RBGE glasshouses as inspiration.
Runs: Sun 20th August or Sat 7th Oct 2017| 10.00am – 2.00pm | £65 | Conference Room | Book via Education

Concrete Planter Casting Workshop

Experiment with forms and colours in this concrete planter casting workshop with Siobhan Scott. Learn the fundamentals of basic geometric mould making and casting processes, taking the geometric forms of the Modernist Front Range glasshouses as a starting point to produce your own planter. Experiment with marbling and colours in concrete, before planting your creation up with assistance from the RBGE horticulture team.
Runs: Sat 2nd & Sat 9th Sept 2017 | 1.00pm – 5.00pm | £60 | Inverleith House Green Room Day 1 & Fletcher Building Day 2 | Book via Education

Victoria Braithwaite – Painting the Zingiberaceae: A bold approach to Gingers

The ginger family, well-represented at RGBE, gives us fascinating textures, dramatic shapes and inspiring patterns. Working with material collected from the RBGE collection. This two-day workshop with award winning artist Victoria Braithwaite will encourage an expressive, bold approach.

Runs: Sat 23rd – 24th Sept 2017 | 10.00am – 4.00pm | £140/£126 | Inverleith House Green Room | Booking via Education

Flowers & Foliage from the Glasshouses

Experiment with a “loose style watercolour technique” to illustrate the variety of exotic flowers and foliage from the Glasshouses at RBGE. Observing the intricate patterns, exotic textures and sumptuous colours.
Runs: Wed 27th Sept – 1st Nov 2017 | 10.00am – 1.00pm | £75/£67.50 | Inverleith House Green Room | Level: Intermediate + | Book via Education

Straight Lines and Tangled Leaves: A mixed media exploration of plants and architecture

To correspond with the exhibition Plant Scenery of the World at Inverleith House in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Front Range glasshouse, award winning artist David Forster will be leading a two-day mixed media workshop to explore the contrast between the lines of this Modernist architectural gem, and the tangled exuberance of the foliage within.
Runs: Sat 30th Sept – Sun 1st Oct 2017 | 10.30am – 4.30pm | £100 | Inverleith House Green Room | Book via Education

An Amorphophallus Colour Explosion

Be inspired by exploring the Amorphophallus - in all it’s wonderful aspects. Using the live potted plant we will use the leaf and colour imagery of the flower through its growth stages, to build a collection of charcoal and pastel drawings and paintings of this extraordinary plant. Rich colours will be layered to create the depth of reds and interesting surfaces. Taught by Jacqui Pestell.
Runs: Sat 7th – Sun 8th Oct 2017 | 10.00am – 4.00pm | £120/£108 | Inverleith House Green Room| Level: Beginners + | Book via Education 


Bold Lines and Bulbous Forms: A lino printing workshop

Learn the basics of line printing in this two day workshop with Siobhan Scott. In this hands on workshop you will be given an introduction to the glasshouses and the plants held within. Taking inspiration from the forms and textures of the ferns, vines, fruits and flowers, you will be guided through a series of fun drawing and line making exercises to create a design for your print, before learning how to cut, ink and print with lino. Take home your own bespoke print along with the skills and tools to continue to make prints at home.
Runs: Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Oct 2017 | 10.30am – 4.30pm | £120/£108 | Inverleith House Green Room | Book via Education

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