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Official Opening

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Official Opening

The Archivists' Garden was opened by Jim McColl of BBC Scotland's Beechgrove Garden programme on 25 June 2010.

Archvists' Garden, Edinburgh

He was welcomed and escorted on a guided tour of the garden by George MacKenzie (former Keeper of the Records of Scotland) and David Mitchell (Curator, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh) who was responsible for the original design concept. He then declared the garden open by planting a symbolic tree.

David Mitchell (left) and Jim McColl (right) at the official opening of the Archivists' Garden, Edinburgh

The event was filmed by BBC television and featured on their  Beechgrove Garden programme. Jim said:  "I was aware of the raison d'être for the garden, having seen the planting plan. It was absolutely fascinating. This garden is chock-a-block with an amazing variety of plants. All the plants you see here have earned their place. They are each uniquely significant because of their connection to Scotland and its culture. We will be highlighting many of them on the show".