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Thailand – Flora and Craft

We are currently hosting an exhibition ‘New for Old’ which presents the outcomes of craft exchange and collaboration between eight Thai craft makers, and four Scottish craft makers…

Curious objects – contemporary art and palms

An exhibition currently at Bargain Spot in Edinburgh Objects from the Temperate Palm House shows a stunning range of work by eleven contemporary artists, displayed on or incorporating…

Fringe Sustainable Practice

I’m delighted that yet again Fringe shows here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  have been shortlisted for the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. Last year’s winners were the…

CakeFest

On 21 June crowds flocked to the Garden to take a look at quite a spectacle being contstructed. Over 50 baking teams had been planning, baking and icing…

Watching – Plants & Sleep

Last night saw the final performance of Watching, a collaborative project between musicians, historians, sleep scientists and primary schools which began in January 2014. The Garden provided the…

Book Week Scotland 2014

I’m getting excited gearing up for our Book Week Scotland events that kick off in less than two weeks. Some visitors may not realise that we have a library…

Little Free Library at the Botanics

If you have been to the Garden recently you may have spotted our Little Free Library, situated between our Glasshouses and main Science buildings. The concept of a…

Science Festival at the Botanics

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014 programme was launched today, and it looks like another smasher! Tickets are now on sale, and we have got lots to offer families…

Sea Change at the Botanics – A short film by Summerhall TV

The Sea Change exhibition runs until 26 January 2014 at the John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. www.rbge.org.uk/seachange

Patchwork Meadow

Wild plants are not only part of our landscape, they are integral to our culture and history. Plantlife’s unique project celebrates our fascination with wild plants in the form of…

Chusan Palm

Trachycarpus fortune This hardy oriental palm survives not only the Edinburgh climate, but in the far north west of Scotland. At Scourie in Sutherland a specimen is growing…

Bangkoule palm

Livistona carinensis This desert fan palm, native to Somalia in NE Africa, to Djibouti and to Yemen in southern Arabia, is found along creek sides and in valley…

Bangalow palm

Archontophoenix cunninghamia This Australian palm bears attractive trusses of violet flowers followed by red fruits. It occurs in warm humid tropical and subtropical forests. Its popular name reflects…

Canary Island date palm

Phoenix canariensis This solitary palm can reach heights in excess of 40 metres in its native islands, where it is also known as the pineapple palm. It is…

Fishtail palm

Caryota mitis Gracefully arching overhead are the tall fronds of this distinctive palm, with each leaflet resembling the tail fin of a fish. In common with most of…

Latanier palm

Roscheria melanochaetes This young palm gives gives visitors a chance to get up close – but beware the rings of black spines at each leaf junction with the…

Slender lady palm

Raphis humilis This elegant palm is native to southern China and tends, as here in the Tropical Palm House, to produce a dense stand of many thin stems,…

Rattan

Calamus flagellum Rattans are unusual vine-like palms which do not produce the characteristic clustered crown of foliage. Instead, they have long spaces between each leaf on their very…