Inspiration from our foraging community and notes from the wild. Includes ‘the botanist raw’ series of iPhone videos.

try eating common edible flowers

Five ways to be more wild

Here are five things you could try, if you haven't already,…

Here and Now - Winter

Carl Reavey loves this over-looked winter green with an oatcake when he's been out for a typically galeforce lunchtime walk with his wife Jan

Be the Botanist

Does it matter where you are, or what season of the year it is?  Given…
Claudia Uffhaus - Fynbos immersion meditation

Fynbos Immersion

Trakke production

Trakke x The Botanist

orache feral food

Five Fave Feral Foods

Today marks the beginning of wild and feral food week, an initiative…
Sweet Gale and Blossom Bitters
spring snowflake islay

Here and Now - A New Year

Forest Bathing - Tree canopy

Forest Bathing

Retuning to nature. While 'forest bathing' may conjure up images of a steaming tin bathtub under a blossomed tree canopy - which we would love too

Here and Now - Transitions

Not able to get to Islay? Take a read to get a flavour of what’s be happening during the seasonal transitition this past month. From sloes to hazel there a seasonal change in the air.
Lady's bedstraw drying

Here and Now - July

The summer months have proffered a long, hot and dry season here taking us all quite aback on Islay. With weeks of sunshine and no rain...
Forager Summit 2018

Foragers Summit 2018

The Botanist Wild Rosehip Syrup - Kate Hannett

Kate's Wild Rosehip Syrup

Along wooded pathways to the north east of Islay can be found clumps of wild field roses and I gathered some of their few rosehips last month
picking rose petals to infuse in gin

How to Make Infused Gin

Our homemade rose petal-infused gin has been a hit as of late on the Laddieshop's Botanist tours, having been used in a couple of our featured cocktails.