City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Balfour’s Botany - Planting Out In Pilrig Park


By Irene Brown - Posted on 09 September 2014

Over the summer months artist Andrea Geile and horticulturalist Rebecca Govier have been working with local groups to investigate the legacy of Edinburgh botanist John Hutton Balfour (1808-1884). Known by some as ‘Woody Fiber’ his enthusiasm for botanical exploration was not just for the discovery of new species, but in understanding their 'place in vegetation’. Inspired by ‘Woody’, Balfour’s Botany combines both his passion for teaching and the desire to understand a plants ‘place’, bringing this dynamism once more to Pilrig Park.

Citizen Curator is now proud to host a family friendly programme of events, culminating in a Biodiversity barbeque to celebrate the project and the launch of a new public artwork made for Pilrig Park.

Planting Out – meeting at the Pilrig Park Allotments
Saturday 27 September, 5.00 – 8.30pm

Artwork Preview: 5.00 – 5.30pm
A walk in the park with lead artist Andrea Geile, discussing the new public
artwork made for Pilrig Park

Shed Talk: 5.30 – 6.30pm
Discussion in the allotments hosted by horticulturalist Rebecca Govier and
guests, about the future of Pilrig Park’s development

Biodiversity Barbeque: 6.30 to 8.30pm
A chance to continue the discussion with the whole Balfour’s Botany team.
All welcome! Please bring a dish for this informal social event.

This free event is open to - all
RSVP - friendsofpilrigpark@gmail.com