Sadie Barber

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh









At RBGE I work as senior horticulturist in the Indoor Living Collection, growing species of the Old World under the protection of heated glasshouses.

My work is primarily carried out behind-the-scenes in the Research Glasshouses. It is here that we grow almost one third of all RBGE’s species, and these collections are used every day by students, interns, scientists, artists and visiting associates.

My specialist group is the family Gesneriaceae, known for its morphological diversity and novelty, and includes the genera Aeschynanthus (lipstick vine) and Streptocarpus (African violets and Cape primroses).

I work closely with RBGE scientists and with them have collected wild specimens of the group in Sulawesi, Sumatra and West Papua.