Lichens as Air Quality Indicators

Lichens as Air Quality Indicators

The journey begins.  8am.  I’ve just cycled north to south through the bustling traffic heavy centre of Edinburgh.  I arrive, lock up my bike, pull out a clip board, hand lens, compass, tape measure and field guide and survey the scene… Ever noticed the rather odd looking green or grey container – box – shed […]

Watching - Plants & Sleep

Watching – Plants & Sleep

Last night saw the final performance of Watching, a collaborative project between musicians, historians, sleep scientists and primary schools which began in January 2014. The Garden provided the ideal location for a show which took inspiration from the historical uses of plants to treat insomnia (or ‘watching’). The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh have worked with […]

The humble gardener plays major role in saving the planet

The humble gardener plays major role in saving the planet

Visiting public to botanic gardens such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) maybe drawn to these unique spaces for many reasons. However, whatever the motive it is hoped that for the enlightened visitor they will appreciate the intrinsic differences between a botanic garden and other green spaces in the city. On entering the Garden […]

What to do in Your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: MARCH

What to do in Your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: MARCH

March heralds the start of the spring however in Scotland the weather can still be very cold and frosty. Gardening books and seed packets give a range of crops that can be sown from March onwards. In Scotland this advice should be treated with caution. It is best to sow seed once the soil has […]