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Cryptomeria japonica grove

Where the Nothofagus obliqua has been lost Garden volunteers have replanted with a grove of 5 Cryptomeria japonica.

A tale of two Toothworts

Toothworts (Lathraea: family Orobanchaceae) are a small genus of parasitic plant. Two species – one native, the other introduced – occur in Britain and both are currently (April…

Nothofagus betuloides branch failure due to wood decay fungi.

Failure of Nothofagus betuloides branch due to wood decay in the Secret Garden

Cirsium purpuratum EIKJE 212

A chance encounter with a Japanese Serow made this collection of Cirsium purpuratum in 2013 especially memorable.

Primula veris ssp. macrocalyx

Primula

Considering the cold weather that has characterised early April the new foliage on Primula sieboldii ‘Fantasy’ has emerged with its usual fresh appearance. The foliage has a deeply…

RBGE Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin has teamed up with RBGE to create a limited edition Gin. The Gin is made with plants from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Most of the…

Blair Castle

  When we arrived at Blair Castle, we were met by a 15-foot-high steel gate, complete with shiny padlock. It opened on Easter weekend – a week away…

Branklyn Gardens: A Torch-Lit Tour

A thought popped into my head when I was having dinner in Perth. Ten minutes away from where Paul, (head of propagation at Iseli – My boss in…

Osmunda regalis

Coming of age for old fibre

A huge mass of Osmunda regalis has been dug out on its eighteenth anniversary, see attached image. A mass of fibrous root is a characteristic of this terrestrial…

A concept to modernise RBGE

During the Plantsmanship course, we were given the task of proposing a concept to improve the accessibility of the RBGE collection. RBGE is diversely accessible to a multitude…

Eranthis hyemalis 'Guinea Gold'

A golden glow to start April

Forsythia giraldiana a wild collected species from China produces a delicate scent from butter yellow flowers on deciduous wood. In other areas of the garden the ground flora…

Rhubarb March 2018

Rip roaring rhubarb

Rhubarb seed sown in the spring of 2017 germinated and the resultant seedlings were set out in the south facing market garden area. These rootstocks, dormant through the…

Is Plantsmanship the best HND course in Scotland for horticulture?

The Plantsmanship course at RBGE encompasses a magnitude of topics. Accompanied with SRUC and University of Edinburgh this course offers complete immersion into the plant world. Few courses…

Silent Space at Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden is the first garden in Dumfries & Galloway to join Silent Space – encouraging people to switch off their phones and truly relax. It follows…

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…

Rhododendron leaves in winter: A moving tale

If you’re ever in the Garden when the temperature is near or below freezing, you may notice that some of the evergreen rhododendrons look rather sorry for themselves….

Clematis henryi

An early scented Clematis

Growing on the south facing wall of the glasshouses in full sun is Clematis henryi. Found growing naturally at forest margins, on shady slopes amongst shrubs and along…

Crocus chrysanthus 'Snow Bunting'

The real deal

The Crocus chrysanthus cultivar ‘Snow Bunting’ emerged unscathed from the Siberian snow that fell in quantity last week. Predominantly white petals with purple and yellow striations at the…

Early flowering of Prinsepia utilis

  Walking along the path at the foot of the Chinese Hillside last week I noticed that recent clearing has exposed some interesting plants from among the previously…

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…

Snow overhang

Gutters and gulley’s

March the first was the start of the metrological spring and what weather we are seeing. The last time there was this amount of snow in the garden…