Adapting to climate change

Adapting to climate change

In May, Scotland published its first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme -  a set of actions to increase Scotland’s resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. RBGE is helping to produce a number of climate change indicator cards for the natural environment. The cards, developed by ClimateXChange, measure progress in how we are helping [...]

Flora of Nepal Expedition 2014

Flora of Nepal Expedition 2014

In a few days time the Flora of Nepal project are about to leave for an expedition to Mid-West of the country. Leading the expedition is Dr Colin Pendry from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; also going are Dr. Patrick Kuss from the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich;  Alan Elliott a PhD researcher at [...]

Whisky Bill

Whisky Bill

In a sunny spot to the south of the rock garden are several plants of Penstemon filiformis. Revelling in this summer’s warmth and flowering profusely in response to the high sunshine levels that replicate the native California these plants originate from. The seeds were collected in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California. Found in the [...]

RBGE at War - Hume and Fallow's stories

RBGE at War – Hume and Fallow’s stories

As a fan of eminent plant collector George Forrest (1873-1932), I’d long known that two of his plant introductions had been named after former RBGE gardeners killed in the First World War; Roscoea humeana, named for Private David Hume and Buddleia fallowiana for Sergeant George Fallow. What I found curious was that Hume’s name appears [...]