The Victorian Fernery at Benmore: Professor Mary Gibby

Posted on March 7th, 2011 by Charles Boot
Nov ’11
6:30 pm

The Victorian Fernery at Benmore
Lecture by Professor Mary Gibby

with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
At the Glasite Meeting House, Edinburgh

6.30pm, Monday 7 November

James Duncan, an enlightened Victorian, built the fernery at Benmore in 1874 at the height of ‘Pteridomania’. Sadly, following a change of ownership the fernery went into decline. It survived as a derelict ruin for some 100 years, but was restored to its former glory in 2009.

Professor Mary Gibby of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is a respected authority on Pteridophytes (ferns and horsetails). She was involved in the reconstruction of the Fernery at RBGE garden at Benmore and will describe this project in her talk.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland has deemed the Fernery to be ‘extremely rare and unique in its design’. It is built into a hillside and ranges from single storey to three levels, with a vaulted entrance, grotto and pool. Unique, too, because of its scale (142 sq m), it is now a Grade B listed building of great architectural and botanical value.

£5. Tickets on the door

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