Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

Lotus flower Nymphaea lotus Family: Nymphaeaceae   Description A beautiful species with green leaves to red-brown, and a varying number of purple spots. It is often used in aquariums as it produces under water leaves before forming floating leaves. The flowers which last up to 4 days have a slight fragrance, and are 15-25cm across, [...]

Really Wild Veg - July update

Really Wild Veg – July update

New interpretation panels have been installed to help explain the purpose of the Really Wild Veg growing trials across four gardens in Scotland. At the Botanics the panels are in the Demonstration Garden and in the planters on the decking outside the John Hope Gateway Building. The aim of the project is to explore how [...]

The Story Behind a Commemoration: Mary Stewart

The Story Behind a Commemoration: Mary Stewart

In a quiet corner of the Copse in our Edinburgh Garden sits a bench in memory of Mary Stewart, overlooking rhododendrons and the odd towering Magnolia. Its inscription reads: Mary Katharine Stewart (1923-2012) RBGE Friends Committee Member and Garden Guide If you often wonder about the people that are remembered on the varying commemorations within [...]

Victoria amazonica

Victoria amazonica

Giant Water Lily Victoria amazonica Family: Nymphaeaceae Description The upper surface has a rather quilted appearance. The purplish-red under surface has a network of ribs, clad in abundant sharp spines, possibly a defence against herbivorous fishes and manatees. Air trapped in the spaces between the ribs enables the leaves to float. The flowers are white [...]