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Martyn Rix

Martyn Rix is a botanist and plant collector who has served as botanist to The Royal Horticultural Society. He studied botany at Trinity College, Dublin, and did a PhD on Greek and Turkish Fritillaria at Cambridge, contributing to the Flora of Turkey. Editor of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, Martyn Rix has co-authored numerous botanical guides with Roger Phillips.


  • Crockery and crocuses

    The passions of a Victorian enthusiast: George Maw 1832–1912

    From Issue 39

    In Turkey the tireless George Maw was able to indulge in both his loves. He found inspiration for the decorative tiles made by his family pottery. And he discovered the plants that inspired his magnificent book on crocuses. By Martyn and Alison Rix.

  • Along the Rocky Road

    Flowers in the high passes of the Taurus

    From Issue 31

    When spring arrives in the high passes of the Taurus Mountains, a dazzling display of flowers comes out to greet it. Story and photographs by Martyn Rix

  • Wild Beauties of the Deep South

    Native flowers of the Turkish Riviera

    From Issue 29

    Martyn Rix sidesteps the concrete condos of the Turkish Riviera to go searching for native flowers. In the valleys of the Taurus Mountains and on the unspoilt rocky headlands of the coast, he finds wild gladioli, tassel hyacinths, Persian fritillaries

  • La Vie en Rose

    Sourcing the best attar of rose

    From Issue 23

    The intoxicating scent of attar of roses, the oil distilled from the petals of damask roses, has worked its magic on men and women for centuries. Martyn Rix traces the history of the damask rose from its roots in Neolithic times and travels to Isparta in southwest Anatolia to see how these precious petals yield up a liquid worth its weight in gold. Photographs by Berrin Torolsan and Martyn Rix

  • Wild About Ida

    From Issue 26

    Mount Ida is a paradise for wild flowers. Martyn Rix prospected the area from cool, damp north to hot, dry south. There he found and photographed dwarf flax, giant hogweed – and plants that grow nowhere else in the world

  • The Turkish Garden

    From Issue 13

    Martyn Rix introduces a special issue devoted to Turkey’s horticultural heritage, from the splash of the urban window box to the splendour of a mountain hillside

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