The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is marking the centenary of the First World War by creating a poppy field at our Edinburgh site. The poppy field, located on the Garden’s Glasshouse Lawn, was sown in May using the common poppy Papaver rhoeas, an iconic symbol of remembrance and used to commemorate the First World War since 1921. It is hoped that the poppies will flower to coincide with the commemorations of the outbreak of war on 4 August.
At the time of the First World War the Garden had 110 staff and of the 88 men, 73 joined the forces and 20 lost their lives in action. The names of these men are listed in the Garden’s War Service Roll (1914-1919) which can be viewed online.
An exhibition opening later this year will commemorate these employees who went to war, as well as giving further information about how plants were used in wartime medical treatments, and how the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance.