RBG centenarian awarded medal

The 100th birthday of former RBG Edinburgh curator Dr Edward Edmund Kemp has been celebrated with a reception at the garden's new John Hope Gateway visitor centre.

Dr Kemp was presented with a newly struck medal by RBG Edinburgh Regius keeper Professor Stephen Blackmore, who described Kemp as "Scotland's senior horticulturist in every sense".

Kemp, who began working at the garden as a student in 1932, held the post of curator from 1950 to 1971 while also teaching at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. He then taught at the University of Dundee, where he established a botanic garden on campus. Kemp described himself as "overwhelmed" to be the first recipient of the RBG medal.


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