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Interview

‘I love twigs’: botanical painter Emma Tennant interviewed

Claudia Massie talks to the botanical painter Emma Tennant about grief, finding success later in life, and her love of twigs

13 May 2023

9:00 AM

13 May 2023

9:00 AM

Hermitage, where the heel of Roxburghshire kicks into the once-lawless Debatable Lands, seems an unlikely place to find a botanical artist. It’s hard to make anything grow here, let alone an exhibition-load of rare and sometimes exotic plants. Lorded over by Hermitage Castle, a menacing hulk of medieval brutalism described by George MacDonald Fraser as ‘shouting “sod off” in stone’, this is a remote, rarely visited stretch of the border.

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