Botanics to create poppy field to honour War dead

Royal Botanic Garden to create poppy field.Picture: Reuters

Royal Botanic Garden to create poppy field.Picture: Reuters

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EDINBURGH’S Royal Botanic Garden is creating a poppy field at its centre to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The display will commemorate the 73 employees who went to war, 20 of whom lost their lives, and will also remember others who were, or still are, affected by war.

The poppy field, located on the Garden’s Glasshouse Lawn, will be sown in May and the flowers are expected to emerge in late July in time to mark the centenary.

During the First World War, battlefields that were blasted and bombed created ideal conditions for poppies to flourish.

RBGE’s Regius Keeper Simon Milne said: “Plant symbolism is an important part of cultures across the globe, particularly through representing emotions and spirituality.

“It is therefore fitting that at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the heart of Scotland’s plant heritage, we mark the anniversary of the start of World War One with a poppy field.

“I hope that the flowers will encourage people to reflect on the 16 million people who lost their lives and the impact that the war had on the lives of everyone.”