Hedge your bets 1 of 5

Hedge your bets 1 of 5

Hedges are integral to the design and ecology of the garden. Forget the quick fix provided by larchlap panels, take time to make a choice of the many species that will give privacy, act as a windbreak, divide areas and provide a home to insects, birds and shelter to many mammals. A hedge is indeed [...]

Greening the Garden

Greening the Garden

The Phenology Team are busy getting the Garden ready for summer. Every year they make sure that the Great Hedge separating the demonstration garden from the herbaceous border greens up nicely for visitors to enjoy. When Nature fails to provide the perfect conditions, the team helps out with environmentally friendly (green) green paint. The results [...]

Featured Image: Botanics Heron

Featured Image: Botanics Heron

It is a pleasure to feature Alexis Manson‘s beautiful shot of the heron that often hangs out at Edinburgh botanics. If you wait long enough at this time of year you can see the heron pick up one of the frogs in our pond. A grizzly sight and not at all pleasant for the frog! [...]

Culprit identified in the case of the fallen flowers

Culprit identified in the case of the fallen flowers

Grey Squirrels were introduced from North America in the mid 19th Century and in most of the UK have displaced the native Red Squirrel. The Grey Squirrel is bigger and stronger than the native Red Squirrel and carries a Parapoxvirus, which causes a fatal infection in red squirrels. Grey Squirrels can be very damaging to plant [...]