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a botanical glimpse

We were delighted to be approached by graduating MA Art, Space and Nature student from the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), Audrey Yeo. Audrey presented a botanical glimpse…

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Festival Fun with Frankenstein’s Plants

This year for the first time, the herbarium team ran Frankenstein’s Plants, an event for the Edinburgh Science Festival. Participants were able to build their very own unique…

Integration of Glomeromycota slides in to the RBGE collection

The RBGE was donated a large and important collection of specimens of Glomeromycota (arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi) by Dr. Chris Walker. The collection mainly consists of nearly 16,000 scientifically…

Joint digitisation project

We have recently completed a joint project with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural History Museum London (NHM), to digitise important genera in the pea and…

Salix lanata and Woolly Originals

We collaborated with Sarah Clarkson from Woolly Originals https://woollyoriginals.com/  who created a design based on our herbarium specimens of Salix lanata.   Sarah visited the Herbarium here at RBGE…

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WeDigBio at the Botanics

There’s a first time for everything and last week the RBGE herbarium digitisation team hosted its first WeDigBio onsite transcription event! Worldwide Engagement for Digitising Biocollections, WeDigBio, is…

Ericaceae of Australia

Onwards and upwards to our next virtual expedition!

Following a very successful first expedition on DigiVol with ‘Proteaceae of Australia’ we are launching our second project ‘Ericaceae of Australia’. Our first project was launched as part…

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WeDigBio 19-22 Oct 2017

Help us unlock our collections data for use by researchers across the globe! As part of this year’s WeDigBio event, 19-22 October, we are launching a project to…

Xanthoria parietina

Spinning a Yarn

Over the past year, Glasgow based artist Simone Landwehr-Traxler has been studying some of the lichen specimens in the Herbarium at RBGE from the islands of Scotland.   Her…

Cast seeds

A sculptural take on our Herbarium collection

In May 2017 the Scottish sculptor Bobby Niven visited the Herbarium here at RBGE for a tour of the collection. He was on a fact finding mission as…

Sadie Barber

International Women’s Day 2017: Sadie Barber

Sadie works as a Senior Horticulturist in the glasshouse research collections.  She works closely with scientists studying the evolution and genetics of certain plant groups.  Her time at…

Tiina Sarkinen

International Women’s Day 2017: Dr Tiina Sarkinen

Tiina is originally from Finland and is a Biodiversity Scientist in Edinburgh working on the economically important plant family Solanaceae.  This family includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and chilli…

Subhani Ranasinghe

International Women’s Day 2017: Subhani Ranasinghe

Subhani is originally from Sri Lanka and is currently working on her PhD, studying members of plant family Gesneriaceae from Sri Lanka (African violet family).  She has already…

Kate Hughes

International Women’s Day 2017: Kate Hughes

Kate is a Senior Horticulturist who works on a variety of projects focussed on building and sharing horticultural skills within RBGE and overseas. She is sub editor of…

Jacqui Pestell

International Women’s Day 2017: Jacqui Pestell MBE

Jacqui is an artist and Director of Botanical Illustration at RBGE, designing and teaching a wide variety of courses.  She is passionate about spreading the skills to enable…

Sangeeta Rajbhandary

International Women’s Day 2017: Dr Sangeeta Rajbhandar

Sangeeta is Professor, at Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, doing her own research, teaching and supervising PhD and MSc students. She has worked as a Darwin Scholar…

Louise Galloway

International Women’s Day 2017: Louise Galloway

Louise is a Glasshouse Supervisor with joint responsibility for managing staff and curating the collections.  During her career, she has been part of several plant hunting expeditions to…

Sabina Knees

International Women’s Day 2017: Dr Sabina Knees

Sabina is a botanist specialising in the flora and vegetation of the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Middle East. This work includes conducting mountain surveys by helicopter in…

Paulina Maciejewska-Daruk

International Women’s Day 2017: Paulina Maciejewska-Daruk

Paulina is a Glasshouses Horticulturist at RBGE and was born in Warsaw in Poland.  She graduated with a Masters degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences and moved…

Regina Davidson

International Women’s Day 2017: Lady Regina Davidson

Regina was a Software Enablement Program Manager at IBM both here in the UK and Paris.  She is a volunteer in the Library at RBGE researching many of…