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Cotoneaster seedlings

Seedling surprise

Looking for a cheap source of plants to bulk up your hedge or boundary shelter? Stay observant as you weed through the borders. There are often numerous seedlings…

Looking for Prumnopitys andina in gardens around the world

Martin Gardner (@RBGE_ICCP ) is looking for cultivated trees of the threatened Chilean Plum Yew – Prumnopitys andina  If you are growing Prumnopitys andina or know of it growing in cultivation…

Rosa californica

A propensity to propagate

Cover, undergrowth, shrubbery; all terms for a mass of woody growth that provides shelter to biodiversity. Flowers, foliage and fruit through the seasons add to the interest of…

An expedition to Perthshire to rescue the rare and endangered Polygonatum verticillatum

Polygonatum verticillatum (also known as Whorled Solomon’s Seal) is a rare and endangered perennial plant of steep sided wooded gorges; now only found at nine locations in the…

December 2017 Garden Wildlife Report

December 2017 was a mixture in terms of weather, with several cold snaps and frosty mornings, as well as some milder spells. Total rainfall was just over 49…

Overnight Freeze

The overnight freeze left a myriad of ice crystals covering the garden this morning. The coldest day yet this year at -3.1 °C. These during and after images of…

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…

Cornus mas

Review of the year 2017

January 1st 2017 arrived with a light overnight frost and bright sunshine. The mild weather continued and with it the fragrance from the open flowers of Sarcococca, Hamamelis and Viburnum…

Tree rings, a log of the trees life

The Arboretum team recently had to take down a group of 5 Scots Pine trees behind the Schools Education Building in the Garden. The Schools Education Building also known as…

Lonicera deflexicalyx

Bright berries

A light, open growing deciduous shrubby Honeysuckle, Lonicera deflexicalyx bears its fruit in pairs at the leaf axles or nodes, along the stem. These small berries are a…

The Sweet Chestnut project (The Afterlife of a Tree)

Building on the biodiversity the garden supports  Regular visitors to the garden will have noticed a mature Sweet Chestnut in the later stages of its life with only a…

Nerine bowdenii 'Pink Triumph'

Two late Nerines

For a late season blast of vibrant colour a patch of Nerine bowdenii ‘Pink Triumph ‘ is flourishing in a sheltered spot to the SE of the tropical…

November 2017 Garden Wildlife Report

                      November 2017 was a real ‘autumn’ month, with lovely golden colours and plenty of frosty mornings as…

Delphinium beesianum

A second flush

The mild weather has thrown up spikes of late season flowers. This herbaceous Delphinium beesianum has flowers sitting aside the dry brown seed pods of the summer flush….

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…

How do the Botanics make you feel?

During the recent Project Soothe exhibition at the Botanics participants were asked to mark on a map of the garden places that Soothed them, Excited them or made…

Acer davidii ‘George Forrest’

History of the cultivar This cultivar was described in 1959 by James Keenan, a former member of staff at the Botanics. He described this cultivated form of A….

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…

October 2017 Garden Wildlife Report

October 2017 was another mild month with some stormy weather that closed the Garden on a couple of occasions.  It was warmer than average, with below-average rainfall (53.2…

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…