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Laura Aldridge, Plant Scenery of the World, Inverleith House

Plant Scenery of the World

Plant Scenery of the World brings together new and commissioned works by contemporary artists alongside archival material and contemporary botanical drawings from the collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Stanhopea ruckeri – back from the dead

I’ve recently been working alongside Clare and Bruce, the horticulturalists who maintain the Botanics Orchid collection, to stock-take, curate and verify the collection. As part of that process…

A Story Behind Every Plant

  Every wild collected plant in the huge living collection at RBGE comes with a story. Of course, some are more interesting than others… In 2014 Katherine Dixon…

The Soap Tree – Yucca elata

The Yucca elata was donated to RBGE as seed from Michigan University Botanic Garden in 1995 and was subsequently planted in the newly landscaped Arid Lands House in…

New Reekie – a toast to the titan arum

The first flowering in Scotland of the world’s largest “flower” is something to celebrate. So what better tipple than the wine produced by the decendants of the plants…

Begonia 'Non Stop Yellow'

Don’t stop ‘till the first frost

                  The two entrance borders to the Palm House were filled with the tuberous Begonia ‘Non Stop Yellow’ in May….

Biological control of pests in glasshouses

The never ending problem of dealing with greenfly and whitefly on the Botanics collection of plants under glass is now being tackled with biological control. Wasps that parasitise…

World War 1 Poppy Field

The summer of 1914 was the beginning of World War 1. In summertime this year, it will mark 100 years since it began. In memory of those who…

Glasshouse Plant Profile: Theobroma cacao L.

Description Cocoa is an evergreen tropical tree, usually 5 to 8m tall. The flowers are small, yellowish white to pale pink and grow directly from the trunk. In…

Glasshouse Plant Profile: Tahina spectabilis

Description: This rare palm can reach a height of over 18m in its natural habitat, and has large fan-shaped leaves. It has an unusual lifecycle, flowering only once…

Musa sanguinea

Exotic Feasts

The tropics produce a huge variety of fruits and foods, some would be familiar to you, but many are not well known in other parts of the world.

Main Glasshouse Range

Main Glasshouse Range

The radical design of the main range of glasshouses, opened in 1967, has been hailed as one of the most innovative in the 20th Century.

Palm House

Introduction to the glasshouses

Let the glasshouses take you on a journey of discovery through the world of plants. In our ten landscaped environments you will find plants that have adapted to a variety of different growing conditions, from rainforests to deserts.

Canary Island planting

Temperate Lands House

Along the walkway and in the glasshouse below it, are plants from Mediterranean climates all over the world. In this area you will find plants from the Southern Europe, Western Australia, California, South Africa and some parts of South America.

Lowland Tropics House

The plants on display in this house are from the same geographical region as the Montane Tropics House (South-East Asia). This wet-warm habitat has driven the huge diversity of plants which can be found in this region.

Rhododendron stenophyllum ssp. angustifolium

Montane Tropics House

Holding collections from the mountain regions of South-East Asia (Borneo to Indonesia and the island of New Guinea) this house showcases one of the long term research groups – the Vireya Rhododendrons.

Euphorbia ledienii

Arid Lands House

This house displays some of the adaptations plants have made to the prolonged droughts and extreme temperatures of the desert regions across the world.

Aristolochia grandiflora

Rainforest Riches House

As you walk in to this house you are greeted by the heat and humidity of a South American rainforest, one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Victoria amazonica

Plants and People House

Whilst the tropical plants in this house may be unfamiliar, the products produced from them are part of your daily life.