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Visual art review: Plant Scenery of the World, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Recently the critic Alastair Sooke dismissed “a dreary-sounding exhibition called Plant Scenery of the World“, while another commentator, Laura Cumming wrote that “one keenly feels the lack of an Inverleith House show, now that Paul Nesbitt’s marvellous programme . . . has been so ruthlessly cancelled by philistines. A collection of botanical images doesn’t cut it . . .”

Had either of these journalists bothered to see the exhibition they so casually damn, in absentia, they would have taken an altogether more positive tack. Granted, the maverick curator Nesbitt is not involved here, but his talented colleague, Chloe Reith, is. She has performed a splendid balancing act.

On the one hand, she has heeded the wishes of the powers-that-be who want to see the…

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