You are in:  Home - History - Natural History - Flora Celtica: Plants and People in Scotland
In Stock

Natural History
Publication Date
01 August 2013
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
Colour throughout

Flora Celtica

Plants and People in Scotland
by William Milliken and Sam Bridgewater - Find out more about the author

The wild plants of the British Isles have been providing essentials for people’s lives since mankind first set foot on our shores. Scotland, in particular, has a diverse and colourful plant lore that’s as relevant today as it was 500 years ago. Flora Celtica – Plants and People in Scotland documents the continuously evolving relationship between the Scots and their environment. Based on a mixture of detailed research and information provided by the public, this book explores the remarkable diversity of ways that native plants have been, and continue to be, used in Scotland. The information is presented in a clear and accessible format and is laced with quotations, illustrations, case studies and practical tips. The book covers the complete spectrum of plant uses, addressing their diverse roles in our diet, healthcare, culture, housing, language, environment, crafts, and much more. It is ideal as a reference book and also a delight to dip into for all those with a passion for natural history. It is illustrated in colour throughout.

Dr William Milliken, one of Britain’s leading ethnobotanists, is currently a Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He is a foremost expert on plants and their uses, both overseas and in the UK. He divides his attentions between biodiversity issues in the UK, applied research projects in countries such as Brazil and Sri Lanka, and freelance writing, lecturing, photography and broadcasting.

Sam Bridgewater, a botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, spent the first part of his career researching patterns of plant diversity in South and Central America. His is an expert on the floras of Central Brazil, Peru and Belize. He lectures on botany at Edinburgh University and has broadcast on many aspects of plant science for Radio Scotland