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Botanic Cottage Garden Social August Blog

…to Covid-19 restrictions we are not meeting as a group yet, but instead our Garden Social tutor Jaimie is producing a written blog. Over to Jaimie… Nature Reasons to be…

Meet the orchid centenarians

…their source will all be added.   Stanhopea saccata Bateman This plant was part of a lot bought through Protheroe & Morris, Auctioneers, London, that arrived in the garden on…

Monthly dementia friendly garden social

…simple ignorance, suppose The self same Power that brought me there brought you. Our Garden Socials at the Botanic Cottage are kindly supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery….

Botanic Cottage Garden Social September Blog

…to Covid-19 restrictions we are not meeting as a group yet, but instead our Garden Social tutor Jaimie is producing a written blog. Over to Jaimie… Autumn Equinox and Harvest-…

Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile – linking our collections

…book and on display in the John Hope Gateway were all prepared from plants growing in UK gardens or native habitats in Chile. Many of the plants used are growing…

Roland Edgar Cooper (1890-1962)

…Smith became Keeper of the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Calcutta. While in Calcutta, and then later in Lloyd Botanic Garden Darjeeling, Cooper studied botany and horticulture under the…

RBGE World War One Service Roll

…country. The publication of this list as an Official Record of the Garden will preserve for all time the story of the loyalty of our Garden Staff, and will carry,…

Cupressus himalaica

64. Cupressus himalaica Silba CUPRESSACEAE Weeping Himalayan cypress; Bhutia: chandang, tchenden Woodcut after drawing by J.D. Hooker, from Hooker’s Himalayan Journals This tree, with beautiful drooping foliage, occurs wild in…

Pinus bhutanica

…research undertaken for the Flora of Bhutan at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Like the blue pine, its needles are in clusters of five, but it differs in its gracefully…

Picea smithiana

…Wallich in memory of Sir James Edward Smith, the ‘late immortal President of the Linnean Society’. It was introduced to cultivation by George Govan, Superintendent of Saharanpur Botanic Garden, who…

RBGE Botanic Cottage Garden Social July Blog

…the garden currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff have written a related topic for July: the Edinburgh Coastline. A different view of Edinburghshoreline.org.uk: from the Firth of…

Cedrus deodara

…Indian plants in larger Victorian gardens and parks. Seed was exported on a large scale from the Saharanpur Botanic garden from the 1840s onwards – 2000 lbs (900 kg) of…

Moutan Paeonies

One of the most historically important plants in RBGE is currently in flower in the Woodland Garden, immediately to the west of the old sweet chestnut tree opposite the Caledonian…

Yushania anceps

…British gardens in 1910 and 1966. Photograph of herbarium specimen collected by Roland Edgar Cooper in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, 1916   RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet Accession Number:19693382 Scientific Name:Yushania…

A treelet

One can only surmise that the description of Neoshirakia japonica in the Flora of China as “a treelet to 8 metres tall” refers to its diminished stature as a tree….

Hugh Cleghorn & Economic Botany

Two new books are shortly to be published by RBGE about one of the Garden’s most significant, but forgotten, benefactors – Hugh Cleghorn of Stravithie (1820–1895). Some of the most…

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

…the Garden by A. McL. May in an article titled “Birds of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh” published in Journal of the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden Guild 1(1): 32-33 (1914)….

Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour (1853-1922) – an appreciation

…with shudders ever after.” Farrer, ‘My Rock Garden’, 1908, p8 The RBGE Rock Garden in c.1874 with Head Gardener James McNab. Roland Edgar Cooper was one of the gardeners who…

June 2019 Garden Wildlife Report

…— its close relative A. cucurbitina is already on the Garden’s list. The galls of nine gall-mites were found. Garden Snail was seen on 6th, 17th and 28th. Finally, a…

Rhododendron thomsonii

…now my valued travelling companion in Eastern Himalaya’. Thomson (1817–1878) went on to become Superintendent of the Calcutta Botanic Garden and, with Hooker, was joint-author of the Flora Indica of…