Latest blog stories connected with learning at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Dec 212016
Gardens are good for you

Images from Nacadia, a therapy garden at Horsholm Arboretum, Denmark   Gardening is good for you, and it is now official. The use gardening in the treatment of psychiatric patients goes back to the nineteenth century and Thrive and its Scottish Offshoot Trellis have been focusing on horticultural therapy for nearly 40 years. Now a […]

Nov 282016
Elephants foot yam ( Arid house)

  Elephant’s foot yam Family: Dioscoreaceae Description Elephant’s foot yam is a spectacular shrubby climber, which grows up to 1.5m high. It has a huge tuber reaching a diameter of up to 75cm, which is mainly exposed above ground. The epidermis (skin) of the tuber is greyish-brown and hard, with numerous small plates of thick […]

Nov 282016
Scotland the Bread

This year the Edible Gardening team has been taking part in project called ‘Scotland the Bread’. The majority of the bread we eat in Scotland is made from imported wheat (the wheat that is grown in Scotland usually goes to animal feed). ‘Scotland the Bread’ aims to produce better quality home grown wheat for bread […]

Nov 172016
Aloe elgonica ( Arid lands of glasshouses)

Aloe Aloe Elgonica Family:Aloaceae Description A succulent clump-forming perennial that has robust rosettes of brownish green leaves. These leaves are armed with teeth and often have a rose-purple blush at their centre. The flowers are orange-red in colour and borne on an upright branched inflorescence. Place of origin This beautiful high altitude Aloe has a […]

Nov 162016
Reflections on my first growing season as Community Gardener with the Edible Gardening Project

Community Gardener Lizzie Oldroyd joined the Edible Gardening team in May, here are a few of her reflections on her first growing season at RBGE; The fingertips are nipping again now, as another winter rolls around.   With all the punnets of soft fruit long since harvested and growing into a fuzzy memory of longer days and […]

Nov 142016
Solandra grandiflora ( Chalice flower) temperate walkway in glasshouses

Chalice Flower Solandra grandiflora  Family:Solanaceae  Description: This perennial liana (climbing vine) grows rapidly, reaching up to 30 metres in its natural setting. It climbs up into forest trees using the strength of the trees’ branch framework as support. The large, creamy-yellow chalice-shaped flowers are highly scented, though short lived. The shape of the flower amplifies […]

Nov 012016
Black nightshade trials

Visitors to the Garden have been asking questions about this year’s Really Wild Veg trial plots that contain various black nightshade species. Jan, who tends the plants, has passed on these interesting bits of feedback on the uses of black nightshades: While I was picking today I was approached by an Edinburgh woman and her grandmother […]

Sep 202016
Community Garden Produce Show at the Harvest Festival

The Edible Gardening Project held it’s 6th annual Harvest Festival on the 17th and 18th September. The event is a celebration of the vegetable growing year with music, garden tasters and family friendly activities, it’s a big hit with the visitors. A regular feature of the festival is the community gardens produce show. We invite […]