Edinburgh Garden news

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

The annual Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) Summer Garden Party bids a fond farewell to Wales as it gets ready to head to Scotland for the first time, where it will take place in the spectacular setting of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on Saturday 9th July 2016.

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.

Guttied by the hunger for Sapotaceae

It has been dubbed “the most important plant family you’ve never heard of” and from Saturday, March 19 to Sunday, July 24 visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) can discover just how much we have relied upon the pantropical Sapotaceae for everything from golf balls to intercontinental communication and continue to exploit it with advancements in skin care and miracle sweeteners. Even the iconic hornbill bird has a place in Nature Mother of Invention, the major exhibition in the John Hope Gateway.

Expert group declares RBGE a “fantastic asset” for Scotland

The work and achievements of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) have received a glowing report from an independent, international and high-profile peer group, appointed by the Scottish Government and whose findings are made public today (Thurs, February 18).

Appointment of Trustees to the Board of RBGE

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two Trustee positions on the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden (RBGE).  Each appointment is an opportunity to help shape the future of one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens and require specialist knowledge and experience in two areas: Communications and Visitor Destination/Business Development.

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RBGE’s Financial Model Attracts International Interest

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh may not be the most likely hotbed of financial innovation, yet it is leading the way with a concept that could bring about positive changes in spending policy on public services around the world.

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