This show, Physicians’ Flowers – Plant medicines through the centuries, celebrates these two institutions shared history including information about their beginnings 350 years ago. The exhibition combines contemporary botanical art from ESBA artists* alongside some of the oldest florilegia including Hortus Medicus Edinburgensis, the first botanical book published in Scotland, and others with Scottish or Edinburgh connections as well as some lovely examples relating to Maria Merian and Carl Linnaeus.
My piece ‘Bi-seasonal Arisaema consanguineum’ shows two seasons growth, the fruit and the inflorescence & foliage. The plant specimen was graciously supplied from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh living collection.
*Marianne Hazlewood, Jacqui Pestell Karyn Dalrymple Mhorag McDowall, Sarah Roberts, Sharon Tingey, Jessica Langford & Lyn Campbell
This is for you: if you are interested in the usage of medicinal plants through the ages, antiquarian book collections and the development of botanical illustration. This exhibition also shows the development of techniques used to document plants and the improvements to technology to replicate illustrations, which if you find fascinating, is a must see!
It’s well worth a visit if you are in town.
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh – Physicians’ Gallery
until 8th April 2022
Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm daily
11 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
See more details on the RCPE website >>
All exhibition details are subject to covid 19 restrictions