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Audio Tours: Privacy Policy

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) publish a series of mobile phone apps that provide audio information about locations in and around our gardens. To do this the…

Garden Buildings: Introduction

Building for Nature Buildings have been important to gardens for thousands of years – from the humble wooden shed for potting to magnificent glass palaces in which to…

Inverleith House

Inverleith House was designed by David Henderson in 1773 and built the following year. It stood at the heart of Sir James Rocheid’s estate, which comprised not only…

Caledonian Hall

Built by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society when this part of the Garden was under their care, the Caledonian Hall is a beautiful example of a Victorian exhibition…

East Gate Lodge

William Henry Playfair was responsible for some of Edinburgh’s grandest buildings, including the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland, but the East Gate Lodge is…

The Herbarium

Officially opened by HM The Queen in 1964, the Herbarium and Library was built to house the collection of three million preserved plant specimens held by the Royal…

The Linnaeus Monument

This handsome monument honours the great Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who popularised a system of sexual classification of plants in the 18th century. It originally stood in the…

Main Glasshouse Range

When built in 1967 the 128 metre long main glasshouse range was regarded as the greatest innovation in glasshouse design in a century. The then Curator of the…

The Temperate Palm House

Completed in 1858, the Temperate Palm House is the tallest traditional Palm House in Britain, with a height of 21.95 metres. Designed by Robert Matheson, the glasshouse cost…

The Botanic Cottage

Designed by two of the most renowned’ architects of the 18th century – John Adam (brother of Robert) and James Craig (designer of Edinburgh’s New Town plan) –…

The John Hope Gateway

Named after one of the most visionary leaders in the history of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the John Hope Gateway is one of the best visitor welcome…

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…

Nuclear internal transcribed spacer (ITS) primers

There are lots of different primers that sit in slightly different parts of the ITS locus, some forward and some reverse. There’s a very well-worn printout stored on…

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…

Edinburgh tree data meeting @RBGE – Now 2 Feb (cancelling the 26th Jan) still 13:00 to 15:00

Dear Edinburgh tree data person, I have sent you to this blog page because you have been involved in some correspondence on Twitter about http://contours.org.uk/edtreemap/ You may remember…

The Wee World of Lichens – Garden Trail

Welcome to the world of the small! Let us take you on a tour of the lichens you can find here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Pick…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 1 Rock Garden & Bridges

‘Life on rock’ Lichens are a rich part of our natural heritage – they thrive in the clean air and varied habitat of Scotland. In the UK we…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 2 Poplar Tree

‘Colouring the landscape’ Ever noticed bright orange covered twigs and tree trunks in the landscape – especially as you pass farms or on busy road verges?  Or bright…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 3 Azalea Lawn

‘Health indicators’ The Azalea lawn is a thing to behold in summer – bright swashes of bold colour and wonderful fragrant smells.  But delving between the blooms you…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 4 Glasshouse Pavement

‘Extreme Survivors’ Lichens evolved at least 400 million years ago, they occur on every continent and are extremely diverse (there are thought to be approx. 30,000 species of…