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The Sibbaldia & PlantNetwork Conference 2020: Promoting Excellence in Horticulture

Without the garden and glasshouses there would be no RBGE. The care and curation of the landscape and plants of RBGE is carried out by over 70 horticulturists,…

RBGE 1970-2020

Rediscovering a fifty-year old article prompted us to explore RBGE’s last half-century at the forefront of science, conservation, horticulture and learning. 2020 will inevitably go down in history…

Fungi-inspired fabrics

Anna Stoane is a Multidisciplinary Textiles Designer who recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. Anna’s graduate collection The Hidden Kingdom was inspired by ten species of fungi…

Climate change threatens the survival of one of Scotland’s most biodiverse marine habitats

Maerl beds are one of the world’s most biodiverse habitats – but most people haven’t even heard of them! Maerl, a free-living red seaweed with a hard calcium…

Closing the Loop

In March 2020, RBGE was due to host ‘Closing the Loop’ in partnership with Applied Arts Scotland – a workshop for makers exploring environmentally sustainable approaches to materials and making, to complement the Think Plastic exhibition in the John Hope Gateway. However, the temporary closure of the Garden, due to COVID-19, shifted this workshop into the virtual realm. The title of this discursive workshop ‘Closing the Loop’ drew on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s concept of circular economies, as described by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Harvest Festival produce competition

If you’ve been growing your own vegetables this year why not take part in the Edible Gardening Project’s harvest festivities? Take part in our produce competition by submitting your photos and help us celebrate our love of homegrown veg!

Seeds of Hope: Planting of Ginkgo trees grown from trees that survived the Hiroshima bombing

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Nursery have been growing on some very special seeds. In 2015 seeds were gifted to the City of Edinburgh as part of the…

RBGE Botanic Cottage Garden Social July Blog

On the first Friday of each month the Botanic Cottage hosts a drop-in session for those living with dementia and their family members, always with an RBGE inspired theme. Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are now producing a written form of these sessions and send out paper copies to anyone who might not easily access a computer. Any films included can be sent out on a DVD for them to access too.

Monitoring the Health of the World’s Forgotten Forests

More than half of the tropics are too dry to support moist forest and are instead home to dry forest and savanna. Today RBGE has led the publication of a new protocol for permanent forest plots in dry forests.

Using Herbarium Specimens to Understand Patterns of Plant Diversity

The oldest specimens in the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was collected in 1697, a little over 320 years ago. It was collected by Alexander Brown…

Chloris Via-Melvilliana – addendum, June 2020

Botanopithecus has continued to watch for the arrival of new plants in the street. Six of those recorded in 2005, but not seen on 6 May, have now…

Botanical Artist Marianne Hazlewood to be featured on Gardener’s World

Those of us familiar with the work of Marianne Hazlewood at the Botanics will be interested to know that she is featured in an up coming BBC Gardener’s…

The Botanic Cottage

I was studying History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh with a focus on architectural archaeology. I had no idea how important the stories held in the stones of this unassuming cottage would become to me.

Six new species of Vaccinium from New Guinea

Six new species of Vaccinium (the genus containing the blueberry and cranberry) from New Guinea have just been published in the Edinburgh Journal of Botany. These are the…

The Other Library, Archives & Photography Team

A series of posts from our volunteers … Laura Gunstensen – Library Volunteer The ‘Botanics’ have always been a very special place for me since I arrived, fresh…

The Other Library, Archives & Photography Team

A series of posts from our volunteers … Helen Bennett A period of secondment from Scottish Arts Council in 2006 confirmed my ambition to volunteer with Royal Botanic…

The Other Library, Archives & Photography Team

A series of posts from our volunteers … Jane Gardner My name is Jane Gardner and I am retired.  I have lived in Edinburgh for nearly six years…

Why it takes 100 years to get to know a plant

At the Botanics we discover new species – it’s one of the things, in addition to growing plants and telling people about them, that we have been doing…

The Other Library, Archives & Photography Team

A series of posts from our volunteers … Paul and Ruth Maxwell We came to be Volunteers at RBGE quite by chance in that while attending a Fine…

Access to Scholarly Information During the Coronavirus Closures

As with all other aspects of our lives, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the scholarly communication process. With most libraries closed, a number of publishers have made…