People


Profiles of some of the chefs, foragers, bartenders, team members and interesting people with whom we’re working.

ridson and ridson botanist apron

An apron with meaning

A new collaboration with Risdon and Risdon, apron-makers, has…
Abi Clephane in the Botanist Tent
Vijay Mudaliar - Native bar, Singapore

Over to Goodhope Gardens

Aristea macrocarpa
Fynbos Fire
James Donaldson in the woods

Meet our Forager James Donaldson

James Donaldson, our first full-time forager, lives at Newton near Bridgend, and has a degree in Botany from Edinburgh University.
Richard and Mavis Gulliver Jim McEwan The Botanist gin

Dr. Richard and Mavis Gulliver Retire

We enjoyed a very splendid cake last week, beautifully baked by Katie to mark the retirement of our botanical scientists Dr. Richard and Mavis Gulliver.
liz knight
Forager profile - Liz Knight
Ellen Zachos demonstrating a wildcrafted cocktail with The Botanist Gin

Forager Profile - Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos, author of Backyard Foraging, and other titles, originally got into foraging via her work at New York Botanic Gardens.

Universal Works

Since 2014, we've been involved in celebrating Nottingham-based Universal Works' new seasons collections. Last week saw the launch of their SS17, 'Revolution'.
Mushroom Bitters

Mushroom Bitters

Turkey Tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor, is very plentiful in the New York area and in lots of places [including Bridgend Woods, Islay! Ed. See wiki for more info about how to ID it.
Mina Ebihara The Botanist Gin academy on Islay

Mina's Global Garden

Mina Ebihara of Mugiya, Mayazaki Prefecture, managed to recreate a drink that had already won plaudits in Japan, using all Islay, foraged herbs.
mark williams

Forager Profile - Mark Williams

We are very glad to have Mark Williams, Scotland’s only full-time foraging tutor, with us regularly on Islay, sharing some of his knowledge of native plants
Caitlin Hill

Interview with Caitlin Hill

Caitlin Hill, of 'Mother's Ruin' Gin Bar, Cape Town, visited us this October as part of the #BotanistSA foraged cocktails winners' delegation.
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