In Relation to Linum

Christine Borland (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


An exhibition of new works exploring the lifecycle of flax (Linum usitatissimum) and considering the symbiotic nature of its nurture, evolving the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s 350-year relationship with the plant.

Spun flax fibres produce linen, one of the most ancient forms of textile. Prized too for its seeds’ medicinal properties, flax featured in Hortus Medicus Edinburgensis, the first catalogue of a plant collection in Scotland, which listed 3,000 plants growing at Edinburgh’s Physic Garden in 1670 – later to become RBGE. In 2021, Borland planted flax at RBGE, continuing the contemporary and historical cycles embedded in this project. In Relation to Linum is an intimate reconnection with the ecological heritage and future of growing and making practices, and their associations with care.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2021
EventIn Relation to Linum - Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Jul 20213 Oct 2021

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