Life of an unsung female botanist celebrated in blooms
The life and extraordinary adventures of an intrepid early 20th female explorer and botanist is celebrated in superb floral style at the St James Quarter, Edinburgh from 24 June to 3 July.
Born at Carlowrie castle in West Lothian in 1889, Isobel Wylie Hutchison overthrew societal conventions of the 1920s and 30s to travel solo through the countries of the Arctic. Trekking across Iceland, Greenland and Alaska, she recorded her experiences on film and collected botanical specimens, many of which are held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Later, she would become a successful writer and public speaker.
Now, a free exhibition at the St James Quarter recognises her work alongside that of other remarkable women including Mary, Queen of Scots, Annie Lennox and Marilyn Monroe. Fleurs de Villes, the world-renowned bespoke floral show, has worked with talented local florists to create and showcase a series of floral mannequins that represent 15 women of Scottish and international cultural significance.
Launched on Friday, 24 June, the show’s exhibits were judged by a panel of experts that included RBGE’s Dr Mark Hughes, tropical botanist and Dr Greg Kenicer, lecturer, with winners receiving botanical gifts including Edinburgh Gin’s 1670 gin which pays tribute to the establishment of RBGE in the 17th century, and Kingdom Botanica, a floral fragrance inspired by the botanicals of the Garden.
Isobel Wylie Hutchison’s mannequin, created by Cassia Salvona Floral Design and presented by RBGE, shows her dressed in the Inuit costume suitable for the terrain she loved.
Image by Ian Georgeson photography.
Similar news stories
Wed 22nd Nov 2023
Purple Bar moth is 1,000th species sequenced in landmark project
Tue 14th Nov 2023
Edinburgh Botanics retains Plant Healthy certification
Thu 9th Nov 2023
From Khao Sok to Castlebay, local schools celebrate biodiversity
Wed 18th Oct 2023
Revealing the true extent of tropical forest loss from rubber plantations
Explore our range of unique gifts and more. Every purchase supports the Garden.
Browse through our diverse range of formal and informal education programmes for people of all ages and at all levels
Host an Event
Explore our unique venues, suitable for every occasion
Discover a range of books inspired by the RBGE's work and collections