Cherished Plan celebrates RBGE at Benmore and the desire to commemorate Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour, a renowned academic, botanist and visionary. Scratch a little deeper and it becomes clear that his modest memorial building Puck's Hut, encapsulates and reflects a wide range of developments in Scotland's environmental awareness over the past 150 years. The many threads running through the narrative can be related to current concerns on climate change and effective management of land resources. Culminating with how people are encouraged to access the outdoors and interact with trees and plants.
David Gray was born in Edinburgh, gaining his DHE (Hons) qualification as a student at RBGE and helping to develop private gardens in Argyll before joining the staff at Benmore in 2005. He is now a Senior Horticulturalist and has been on many expeditions overseas to support ongoing expansion of the living collection.