Win a signed copy of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's new book, 'Plant Magic' 🌿

Calling all lovers of botanics, books and magic! Here's your chance to win a copy of the new book by Dr. Greg Kenicer, Plant Magic.

With Halloween just around the corner, this is a wonderful seasonal read. With chapters on subjects as diverse as witchcraft, curses and blessings, divination, the plants of faery, hallucinogens, divine plants in the Christian and Pagan traditions and a plant bestiary, this book is a deep and informative look at how and why various plants have had a role in Europe’s supernatural and magical traditions.

Individual entries look at particular plants combining botanical analysis with historical examples and anecdote to explain exactly why each plant came to be used in this way. Whether Foxglove or Mandrake, Hawthorn or Aspen, Rowan or Oak, St. John’s Wort or Bird Cherry, Plant Magic shines a bright and fascinating new light on dozens of familiar plants.

Dr. Greg Kenicer is the author of Scottish Plant Lore and a botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Joining RBGE to work on the Flora Celtica he has gone to inspire learners of all ages for 20 years. He has published numerous scientific papers on the evolution and diversity of peas and beans but the fantastical relationships between plants and people is where his heart really lies.

The winner will have a copy of the book mailed out to them.

For more information, check out the RBGE website.

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Competition closes 31 Oct. The List's usual rules apply.