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In memory of Private John Mathieson Brown (1887-1917)

The story of Private John Mathieson Brown, who was killed on the 24th November 1917, takes us away from the Western Front in Belgium and France, and focusses…

In memory of Lance Corporal Samuel Stewart (1883-1917)

The RBGE Guild’s publications are invaluable to those researching RBGE’s 20th century history. Based on Kew Garden’s Guild which is still in existence, ours was established in 1913…

What soothes you?

We are excited to have created an exhibition with the Project Soothe team at the University of Edinburgh Department of Clinical Psychology  in the Real Life Science Studio…

Thought for Food: Personal stories

People are, by their nature, storytellers. As food is a rich topic for conversation it makes sense to try to gather people’s thoughts about food through the medium…

In memory of Private Duncan Coutts (1892-1917)

Duncan Coutts was born on the 20th June 1892 to John, a garden overseer, and his wife Euphemia (nee Riddel) at Methlick, Aberdeenshire. He was a Probationer Forester…

Thought for Food: Broadening your horizons

Blog by Andy Crofts of the Big Picnic project I think I am an adventurous eater but I’ve always understood that some plants are poisonous and that applies…

In memory of Private John Hatley (1879-1917)

John Hatley wasn’t at RBGE very long, joining us on 23rd July 1914 as a labourer at the age of 35. Genealogical researcher Garry Ketchen has been able…

Thought for Food: Robin Gourlay

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students We met Robin on a rainy afternoon at the Government offices in Saughton House….

‘Dig for Victory’ at the Botanic Cottage

By  Julie Parkin (Schools Education Tutor) and Cath Evans (RBGE Education Officer) Our new Schools Programmes are settling in well in the Cottage and we held our first Dig…

Thought for Food: Chelsea Marshall

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students We met Chelsea Marshall on a sun filled morning at the Summerhall Café to…

Devil’s Advocate: Let Them Eat Potatoes

Thanks to the tireless work by Wikileaks an interesting letter has come to light addressed to the Devil himself from one of his advocates in our world. It…

Thought for Food: Eating local and seasonal

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, University of Edinburgh student Some weeks ago, we wrote about the Permanent Global Summertime and the impression that supermarkets give us that all…

Thought for Food: A dive into academia

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students Dr. Wendy Wrieden is a member of the Food Security Advisory Group working on…

Thought for Food: Storytelling

On Thursday 2nd March the Thought for Food participants gathered at the Botanic Cottage for lunch and to discuss the next steps of the project. Soup was made…

In memory of Private Thomas Aird (1878-1917) and Private Thomas Young

When war began in August 1914, whilst most of RBGE’s male staff were joining the Royal Scots and the Cameron Highlanders, two of our staff members enlisted in…

Thought for Food: Ben Dell

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students Ben is kind, talkative and passionate about growing food. He says he has been…

Thought for Food: Andy Crofts

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students Andy’s passion for plants is clear. What he enjoys most about his job is…

John Richard Ferisy; “old soldier he”

In researching those past members of RBGE staff who enlisted and were killed during the First World War I’m aware of all those who enlisted and survived the…

Thought for Food: Permanent global summertime

Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, University of Edinburgh student Have you ever asked yourself where the bananas that you eat come from? Have you wondered the same about…

Thought for Food: Community fridge initiatives

Blog by Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh student For some, accessing fresh, nutritious food can be a challenge. Fruit and veg can be hard to transport and relatively…