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

Feb 212017
Thought for Food: Community fridge initiatives

    Blog by Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh student For some, accessing fresh, nutritious food can be a challenge. Fruit and veg can be hard to transport and relatively expensive. At the same time, tonnes of fresh produce go to waste every year. A possible solution: ‘Community Fridges’. People donate fresh food that they […]

Feb 212017
Thought for Food: Charity spotlight

    Blog by Fanni Barocsi, University of Edinburgh student Charities around Scotland and other parts of the world play a vital role regarding food security in local communities. Here I provide an overview of the many organizations and charities committed to helping promote food security and sustainability in Scotland. Nourish Scotland works hard to […]

Feb 092017
Thought for Food: Reflections

    As placement students from the University of Edinburgh at the Royal Botanic Gardens, our first day was far from conventional. Cristina was “amazed and entranced by the beauty, different colours, sounds and smells” of the gardens. We headed towards the oldest… but newest building in the Gardens, the Botanic Cottage. It travelled, brick […]

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 […]