Mikania micrantha: The Forest Killer Invading Nepal a Mile-a-Minute

We just published “Mikania micrantha: its status and impact on people and wildlife in Nepal” in a new book, Invasive Alien Plants: Impact on Development and Options for Management,…

Understanding the Caatinga, Brazil

This week’s Science Club talk was given by Ph.D. student Moabe Ferreira Fernandes. His research focuses on understanding diversity and evolutionary patterns within Brazilian Caatinga. The Caatinga is…

Scots “Father of Nepali Botany” to Feature on BBC Nepali Service

Two hundred years ago a new chapter of British-Nepali relations was beginning and one of the first Western scientists to be able to explore Nepal was the Scottish…

November 2017 Garden Wildlife Report

                      November 2017 was a real ‘autumn’ month, with lovely golden colours and plenty of frosty mornings as…

Searching for bamboo and giant panda…..poo…..

On a mountain in China a giant panda spends hours sitting eating bamboo but there is no time for a scientist to sit when you are trying to…

Bleached

It is always a treat to see bright autumn colour, yet occasionally the reverse happens. The colour has drained from the foliage of Viburnum orientale to such an…

Podcast: Chatting with Marianne Hazlewood about Botanical Illustration

It was a pleasure to sit in the garden with Marianne Hazlewood and talk about her journey from graphic designer to botanical artist as well as the origins…

Mini moss “trees” from New Zealand

I’m just back from field work in New Zealand with Yoan Coudert, a French CNRS funded researcher based at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. A major objective…

59 Forms within a Scale of Rarity

Last week we were privileged to have Dr Raquel Negrão present her work on developing a deeper understanding of what we mean when we say a plant is…

Targionia hypophylla – a global puzzle

Karla Yunuen Magaña Marcial is a bryologist on a mission to solve a global puzzle. She is visiting the Botanics from  her home institute, Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas…

‘Tis the season… For admiring lichens!

Last February, RBGE launched the Wee World of Lichens, a self-guided safari-style exploration of the frequently overlooked but fascinating world of the small. Now that the leaves are…

The Secret World of Rhododendrons – A talk by Dr Richard Milne

Botanical Society of Scotland together with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh invites you to a talk by Dr Richard Milne, University of Edinburgh on Thursday 30th November 2017…

Delphinium beesianum

A second flush

The mild weather has thrown up spikes of late season flowers. This herbaceous Delphinium beesianum has flowers sitting aside the dry brown seed pods of the summer flush….

New ginger east of Wallace’s Line

The genus Zingiber is distributed from India to the Pacific but only a few species are known from east of Wallace’s Line, where we discovered this new species…

Coffee and skulldugery in Ceylon, 1796

At the weekend I went to look at the new exhibition on coffee at the John Hope Gateway. The exhibition is borrowed from the Berlin Botanic Garden, but…

Can you trust a label? Verifying what’s in two popular herbal supplements.

Herbal supplements are ‘big’ business – the global herbal supplements and remedies market is forecast to reach $107 billion USD in 2017. A recent press release by the…

In memory of Private John Mathieson Brown (1887-1917)

The story of Private John Mathieson Brown, who was killed on the 24th November 1917, takes us away from the Western Front in Belgium and France, and focusses…

A sudden concentration of Bryologists

Despite a reputation for being rather a rare breed, this week, purely by chance, we have found ourselves with an embarrassment of bryologists at the Gardens. As well…

International Botanical Congress (IBC17) – Living Walls

Our short damp November days offer the perfect opportunity for leafing through reels of photographs from earlier in the year; many of mine are from a short trip…

Podcast: Dodgy Joints at Fifty?

You may have noticed that the Front Range of the glasshouses has been closed to the public at odd times over the last few weeks. While the spectacle…