John Mitchell: Plants from Wild to Cultivation:How Edinburgh Botanic Features and Grows New Plants

Date: 7:30pm-10:00pm, Mar 13, 2019

John Mitchell
Garden Supervisor, Alpine Section
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

After having been at college and spending a gap year at Inverewe gardens I started work at RBGE in 1983 as a general gardener. I then progressed to seed and specimen collector, and in 1992 I become garden supervisor for the alpine department. Having Ron Macbeth and Alf Evens as my bosses this set me in good stead. My first expedition was on the AGS ACE expedition to China in 1992 and have partaken in many more expeditions to China, Iran, Georgia Russian Altai and the Stans. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel for the RBGE and in the last 4 years I have been concentrating on Central Asia. I am vice chairman of the joint Rock SRGC,  recently retired from chairman of the Meconopsis group. I have also lectured in the UK, Europe, central Asia and North America. I have also lead many plant tours for the AGS and RBGE. 


 The evening will commence with a short presentation by Nick Wong of the Invasive Species Council of BC.