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Stunning botanical art will help celebrate the life of John Jeffrey

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pinus jeffreyi cone nicolamacartney

Drawing of the cone from a Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) by Nicola Macartney.

Botanical artist Nicola Macartney and I are collaborating to help make an exhibition together at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE) in 2018. Nicola is hunting for plant material associated with John Jeffrey, the main protaganist in GREEN GOLD. Some reward levels include an invitation to the exhibition and other…

Gifting a voice beyond the grave

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Johnjeffreyletter gabrielhemery

Now I've completed the draft of my first full-length novel—a work of historical fiction—I feel as though I travelled alongside my protagonist as he walked thousands of miles across North America in search of plants. Yet I went on a very real journey myself, learning about Victorian exploration, the wildernesses of North America, the Gold Rush, and Native Americans. Then further challenges came…

Collaborations with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Thursday, 1 June 2017

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Behind the scenes I've been collaborating closely with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) ever since starting work on GREEN GOLD.

Plant-hunter John Jeffrey, the main protagonist in Green Gold, was employed by RBGE, and his exploits managed by a newly formed group - the Oregon Botanical Association. I therefore relied on the archives of RBGE for my research as it holds many letters and the…

The extraordinary journey of John Jeffrey

Sunday, 14 May 2017

John Jeffrey, the main character in my latest book Green Gold, walked, paddled and rode at least 10,000 miles across North America while hunting for plants from 1850-4. During the two years I spent researching and writing the book I plotted his travels in detail and can now publish the route in full for the first time.

After sailing 2,600 nautical miles from London, via Stromness in the Orkney…

Jeffrey's shooting star

Friday, 5 May 2017

Dodecatheon jeffreyi gabrielhemery

In September 1852 young Scottish plant hunter John Jeffrey came across an attractive flowering plant in northern California. After samples were received by his sponsors at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh it was named in his honour.

Jeffrey's shooting star (Dodecatheon jeffreyi) is also known as Sierra shooting star or tall mountain shooting star. Its glowing pink flowers, which appear between…

Film released to mark book launch

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

I'm delighted to see my first book with Unbound Publishing launched.

It's taken two years of research and writing, interupted frequently by a busy day job, to reach this day yet I've enjoyed writing the story more than I ever imagined.

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and in the case of the true story of John Jeffrey I've learnt it's even more extraordinary too.

During the winter…

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