Botanic Cottage begins to grow

Work underway, on the right you can make out the curved frontage.

Botanic Cottage begins to grow
‘Lost Treasures, Hidden Histories and Audaciousness Personified: Rebuilding the Botanic Cottage’ was the inspired title of Sutherland Forsyth’s talk at the AGM of the Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Garden on 19 October.
 
Sutherland, community engagement officer at the Botanics, related with aplomb the history of the Garden Cottage from its 18th-century origins to its recrudescence as a place of learning and a ‘time capsule of the history of the garden’ at the north end of the Botanics, facing the Demonstration Gardens, which will be reworked.
 
The foundations for the building are established and actual building work is now in progress. It is anticipated that this important and exciting complex – which honours the past, and audaciously embraces the 21st century – will open for use in October 2015. JRM
 
Thanks to John Ross McLean, Spurtle contributor and FHCG member and yes, you did read it first in the Spurtle!

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