Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey

By Gabriel Hemery

160 years after the disappearance of a promising young explorer, the discovery of his missing journals finally reveals the truth behind an extraordinary adventure

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Collaborations with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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 association's Minute Book, while the garden's herbarium holds some of the samples collected by Jeffrey almost 170 years ago.

The type specimen of Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) from the RBGE herbarium.

Today I'm delighted to announce news of joint activities planned for the future that I've been developing with RBGE. We aim to launch the book at the garden in early 2018 (date dependent on how quickly the book gets funded). I will also conduct a guided walk jointly with a senior member of staff from RGBE. Perhaps most exciting of all, we will be organising an exhibition at the John Hope Gateway where we will display archival materials, alongside some herbarium specimens. 

Some pledge levels ('Prospector' and over) offer personal invitations to these events.

RBGE have released a story on their blog today.

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