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Item HDE - RBGE Plant Labels

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RBGE Plant Labels


  • 1940 - 1970 (Creation)

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2 labels found by members of the RBGE Horticulture Department and transferred to the Archives

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The 2 labels were found by Horticulturist S. Ainslie who transferred them to the RBGE Archives in September 2013.

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RBGE Horticulture Department

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2 labels in a small white box:
1: Magnolia acuminata, United States - found to the east of the copse, RBGE; a label intended to hang from the tree, this type of label had the impressed letters painted white by hand, then the entire label was hand painted black - would have been surrounded by a metal holder which has since decomposed - probably dates to around 1940?
2: Ilex laevigata; a temporary label found during excavations for the new Alpine House, 2012 - small label attached to wire which would have been pushed into the ground - probably dates to c.1960?

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