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Field Notes from a Hidden City

Among the stellar line-up of nature writers speaking at the Connect With Nature festival at the RBGE this weekend we have Esther Woolfson in conversation with Chitra Ramaswamy…

April 2018 Garden Wildlife Report

April 2018 began as March had ended – snow, rain and cold. Flooding throughout the Garden on 4th meant that it had to be closed as none of…

Rhododendron annae

A fine Rhodo

Nestled into the flora in the sunken courtyard to the north of the centre glasshouse is a fine specimen of Rhododendron annae. A Forrest collection from SW China,…

The beauty of Paris

Allium paradoxum

Destined for the bucket

Easily introduced to the garden when lifting and dividing Snowdrops from another area; Allium paradoxum is an invasive coloniser of cultivated ground. This form of wild garlic has…

The IMPRESSIONS project: Our climate future?

Developing strategies to manage high-end climate change in Scotland and Europe IMPRESSIONS (Impacts and risks from high-end scenarios: Strategies for innovative solutions) is a 5-year EU project that…

An 1850s major visitor attraction and other historical Garden wildlife records

Recently I was fortunate to be given a folder of clippings and photocopies from various sources, ranging from two 1935 faunas of Midlothian to extracts from the Garden’s…

Ganoderma wood decay on Nothofagus betuloides

The extent of decay of Nothofagus betuloides by Ganoderma revealed.

Anemone nemorosa

A floral carpet for May Day

Anemone nemorosa provides a carpet of white or light blue flowers lasting several weeks. Colonising the woodland floor where deciduous canopies are not causing excessive shade. Appreciate these…

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.

Connect with Nature Festival

Nature writing can begin with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. We have brought together a diverse group of writers for our first Botanics nature…

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…