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Alpine specialist Ian Christie (centre) with George Anderson, Honorary President (left) and Jim McColl, retiring Honorary President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Alpine specialist Ian Christie (centre) with George Anderson, Honorary President (left) and Jim McColl, retiring Honorary President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Well-known horticulturist Ian Christie of Westmuir has been presented with a coveted award by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Mr Christie attended the society’s annual general meeting when he was presented with the Dr Patrick Neill Memorial Medal for outstanding services to Horticulture and Gardening. This is the oldest medal in horticulture in Scotland.

He was presented with the award by George Anderson, Honorary President and Jim McColl, retiring Honorary President.

Ian is recognised as an authority on alpine plants. He has been involved with horticulture for 45 years, growing and showing alpine plants.

He has also created many species alpine gardens, including the recently constructed Forfar Botanists’ Garden in the Myre, Forfar where he acted as plant adviser.

His knowledge and enthusiasm for alpine plants was instrumental in creating a lasting, growing tribute to five Forfar botanists - George Don, George Don junior, David Don, Thomas Drummond and James Drummond.

Ian acted as plant consultant for the Forfar project which was officially opened last year.

His dedication and contribution to horticulture was honoured at the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s annual general meeting at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, at the beginning of this month. The Society aims to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of all types of horticulture and to advance education in gardening and horticulture for everyone.

 

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