Edinburgh Garden news

International agreements for plant conservation

Martin Gardner with Darwin specimen

Darwin specimen goes on public display

John Mitchell and Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE

Future of alpine conservation replicates heritage horticulture

The enigma of surgeon James Barry – and others - celebrated at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

A fascinating new gem from the archives of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is on public display this week in a special exhibition marking the significant roles played by women within the organisation over its five-century span. And, having already revealed the written proof that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a former student, another notable signature has come to light in the form of James Barry.

Research without borders celebrated in plant diplomacy

A celebration of plant diplomacy has taken place at RBGE with a delegation of Russian dignitaries witnessing the opening of a new Siberian Section of the capital’s world-renowned Rock Garden.

Climate pins down dreaded tree disease

Trees saved by bad weather. It isn’t an often-heard claim. Yet, scientists are suggesting this could be exactly what has happened on the Isle of Man with research, newly-published in the New Journal of Botany, indicating that thousands of healthy elm trees on the self-governing dependency have avoided infection by Dutch elm disease thanks to the island's weather being too cold and windy for the pathogen to take hold.


Action for new species discovered on brink of extinction

Tiny, tropical and delicately beautiful Begonia elachista is an enigma in the world of plant research and conservation. Today (Friday) all at once it officially becomes the newest of its kind known to science; the smallest identified species of Begonia on the planet and recorded as critically endangered - in the name of tourism. The race is on to provide protection and hope for the future, starting with horticultural and scientific research at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Working Art Groups Announced

Edinburgh coastline to be turned into living laboratory

Talented artist and inspirational teacher receives New Year Honour

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