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Logan Botanic Garden poetry project draws to an end

Logan Botanic Gardens
Image caption An anthology will be produced containing the works written at Logan Botanic Garden

A month-long collaboration between the Scottish Poetry Library and Logan Botanic Garden is drawing to a close.

Local poet Jean Atkin has been in residence at the Galloway garden during August, creating her own work and encouraging visitors to have a go.

Other poets are doing the same this summer at the other Botanic gardens at Edinburgh, Dawyck and Benmore.

Jean said the "walking with poets" project had been an inspiration in every sense.

"It is the most beautiful garden and I have been lucky to see it in a very beautiful and sunny August," she said.

"It is full of the most gorgeous mixtures of textures and colours and histories."

She described the poetry and garden project as a "very imaginative" one which had sometimes been "quite moving".

"I have had people shedding tears - it has been an extraordinary thing," she said

"People share things about their own gardens and about their lives given that opportunity within this kind of setting."

Logan Botanic Garden curator Richard Baines said everyone he had spoken to about the project had been "so positive" about it.

"They have come into Logan, not necessarily with a plan to do poetry or listen to poetry, but the barriers have been broken down as soon as Jean has interacted with them," he said.

"They have come along, they have had an open mind, they have listened, they have learned, they have engaged and they have had fun which is what this project has been all about."

The poems created during the project will be put into an anthology after its conclusion.

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