Edinburgh Garden news

Lichens - making invisible nasties visible

Healthy human lives depend on clean air. But, air pollution is recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the biggest environmental health issues of our time, contributing to around 40,000 UK deaths every year. So, how can you tell if the air is clean? The answer is now at hand, thanks to researchers at RBGE who have published an easy-to-use air quality self-assessment package that could ultimately help save lives through people power.

Planting the seeds of a new partnership for Garden and MSP

Ben Macpherson MSP, recently elected member for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, has made his first behind-the-scenes visit to RBGE, meeting personnel across the Science and Horticultural Divisions who are behind research and conservation initiatives at home and around the world.

Dedicated horticulturist receives BEM

Major boost to help save the Alpine House.

RBGE is celebrating the news that it has received a £46,215 funding boost from SITA Trust to help restore the Garden’s Heritage Alpine House.

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners' Question Time Summer Garden Party arrives in Scotland for the first time

The cream of Britain’s horticultural broadcasters are Scotland-bound as BBC Radio 4’s annual Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) Summer Garden Party prepares to be hosted at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  on Saturday, July 9.

Children dig deep at the Botanics thanks to a Scotmid Community Grant

An innovative schools project at Scotland’s premier Garden has received a significant boost from the country’s leading independent co-operative society. A £2,500 Scotmid Community Grant to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is now providing funding for around a thousand children from the Edinburgh area to get out of the classroom and learn more about the natural world.

The Botanic Cottage throws open its (traditionally crafted) doors

The Botanic Cottage has opened its doors to its first visitors.  Rescued in 2008 from demolition at its previous location, the historic RBGE site on Leith Walk, the 18th century Cottage has undergone a wholesale move and a traditional rebuild, reviving the historic building as a new centre for community and education work in the Garden.

People’s Postcode Lottery Charity of the Week

To mark 2016 National Gardening Week, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is hosting a Spring Festival as People’s Postcode Lottery’s national Charity of the Week. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an amazing £450,000 to RBGE for 2016, supporting projects at home and abroad.

Botanic Garden’s Regius Keeper is Conferred Professor

Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), has been conferred an Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh. As part of this, he is now associated to the School of Biological Sciences

Pandas eat more than shoots and leaves

The UK's only two giant pandas, based at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, are providing their support – and poo - to scientists at RBGE who aim to improve conservation in the wild through better understanding of exactly what members of this iconic species eat.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)