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Kate mounting the specimen

Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterity

New Reekie at its peak The flowering of our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) was a tremendous event with c 19,000 people visiting the Glasshouses to see the plant growing from…

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how we can help our plant, fondly called New Reekie,… Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterityThe flowering of our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) was a tremendous event with c…

Sadie Barber

First cut

First cut of the Amorphophallus

Finished specimen

Finished specimen

Sadie Barber interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about Reekie

Our very own Sadie Barber was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about our Amorphophallus titanum. You can listen to the interview below….

New Reekie

…2015 will see an exciting botanical first for Scotland when the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) flowers at the Botanics. This native of the Sumatran rainforest has been nurtured at the…

Sadie Barber

International Women’s Day 2017: Sadie Barber

…plant groups. Her time at the Garden has included cultivating the famous Amorphophallus titanum, or ‘New Reekie’, which flowered for the first time in Scotland in June 2015. #teamrbge #BeBoldForChange…

New Reekie – a toast to the titan arum

Titan arum in flower at the Botanics for the first time. The first flowering in Scotland of the world’s largest “flower” is something to celebrate. So what…

New Reekie – growing the largest flower head in the world

Tip of the titan arum flower bud showing the emergence of the yellow spadix (15th June). Being the largest flower head is one of the titan arum’s…

Scent of seduction

With the flowering of our titan arum for the third time this summer minds have been turning to how we can help our plant, fondly called New…

New Reekie – in the heat of the moment

A small army of staff and volunteers, dubbed the ‘Titan Arum Army’, is sweltering alongside New Reekie to help explain this extraordinary tropical plant to visitors. However, heat…

An 1850s major visitor attraction and other historical Garden wildlife records

…insect (the phasmid Phyllium bioculatum, illustrated above) that, for about a year-and-a-half in the mid-1850s, proved to be as much of an RBGE ‘visitor attraction’ as the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus

Lowland Tropics House

…will hopefully give you an idea of how large trees in this region can reach. At the back of this Glasshouse you will find our biggest pot plant our Amorphophallus

Henry Noltie’s Botanical Novelties and other adventures

…Sikkim 1992. Kew Edinburgh Gothenburg Expedition to NW Yunnan (KEG), 1993 Henry digging an Amorphophallus in Yunnan 1993. Participant in Darwin Initiative/Scientific Exploration Society Namdapha Rainforest Project, January 1994 Forestry…

Sense and Perception in Plant Scenery of the World

…not exclusively visual. Recently crowds gathered in Edinburgh not only to witness the rare spectacle of the world’s largest flowering plant in bloom, the Amorphophallus titanum, but to also to…

June 2019 Garden Wildlife Report

…which was attracted by the foul scent of the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) that flowered again in the glasshouses in June 2019 (overnight, 23rd/24th). June’s other new Garden beetle record…

Primula denticulata

Review of the year 2015

…the soil to keep hydrated. June was the month when, after many years of waiting the Amorphophallus titanum flowered. The first time the Titan Arum had flowered in Scotland and…

It’s Opening Now! (2015)

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), one of the world’s biggest and smelliest blooms, is now in full flower. It’s a first for…

BBC News: Edinburgh gardens wait for ‘smelly’ giant plant

More coverage of our remarkable Amorphophallus titanum this time on the BBC News. Watch the video here….