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Growing greener credentials at Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden, one of Dumfries & Galloway’s leading visitor attractions, has underscored its commitment to saving the environment by being one of the first Gardens in Scotland…

New signage is coming to Inverleith

The installation of new welcome and navigation signage for the Edinburgh Garden starts on Wednesday 21 March and will continue for a couple of weeks. You may have…

Goodbye to old friend 19665087A – Ostrya carpinifolia

There is a certain quiet bench in the Edinburgh garden where lunch can be enjoyed even on the most crowded of days. In addition to its seclusion the…

Chinese Hillside

Who stole our ting?

Suggesting a meeting at the ting is always a good, if slightly cruel, test of garden knowledge.  Many visitors and quite a few staff don’t know that the…

Public lecture: The greening of the Arctic

Thursday 18th January sees the Botanical Society of Scotland lecture – The greening of the Arctic with Dr Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh. Isla Myers-Smith is a global change…

Project Soothe Exhibition Report

We have finished pulling together the results from the Project Soothe Exhibition that we held here at RBGE in September and October last year. If you are one…

Plant destroyers in action

Visitors to the gardens will be familiar with the foot baths at all entrances. These foot baths are just one of the measures we take to protect our…

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Botanics Stories

We’d like to say a big thank you to the thirty two thousand people who visited Botanics Stories in 2017 and invite you all back next year to…

Glencoe (Photo: © The National Trust for Scotland)

Wildlife from a wild place: the flora and fauna of Glencoe National Nature Reserve

This Thursday sees the Botanical Society of Scotland Christmas lecture – Wildlife from a wild place: the flora and fauna of Glencoe National Nature Reserve with Dan Watson from National…

How interconnected are you with nature?

During the recent Project Soothe Exhibition we asked visitors a simple question: How interconnected are you with nature? Please tick the picture below which best describes your relationship with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Stable URIs for natural history collections – The Movie

If you are like me you are probably counting the days to Stars Wars 8: The Last Jedi. Films often seem to take a long time to arrive…

You have now been Soothed

The dust has finally settled from the Project Soothe Exhibition and we have had a chance to catch our breath and take stock. The exhibition was a resounding success…