Edinburgh Garden news

The Age of Chocolate

It is one of the most popular flavours in the world and by 2016 chocolate will be a $100 billion dollar industry. Yet, as worldwide demand increases by 2.5 per cent a year, there are genuine fears the industry will fail to cope with growing public hunger for the product. Now, however, new research suggests the source of this cherished confection is much older than ever realised – and may have close relations capable of sustaining our sweet-toothed appetites.

Celebrating the completion of Chilean plant book

Celebrating the completion of a remarkable 10-year conservation project on the Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are (left to right) Paulina Hechenleitner, Josefina Hepp, Martin Gardner, RBGE Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE, Gülnur Ekşi and Işık Güner.

25k lottery windfall to boost international conservation

A £25,000 award will boost Scottish scientists’ race against time to tackle plant extinctions around the globe after RBGE was named as one of 63 charities to receive an extra Impact Award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Two of RBGE’s oldest trees in battle for Tree of the Year title

The Edinburgh Garden’s 200-year-old Sabal Palm and a Giant Redwood in the avenue at Benmore have won through to the final of Scotland’s Tree of the Year competition.

Diversity and beauty of Chile celebrated in new art exhibition

A selection of 50 specially-commissioned unique watercolour paintings shows the remarkable beauty and diversity of plants native to Chile in a new exhibition at RBGE.

Butler’s ‘Girl’ Comes Home

One of the earliest and most prominently sited acquisitions made by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has returned to RBGE, after an absence of over 30 years.

First month in for our new Director of Horticulture & Learning

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) recently appointed Director of Horticulture and Learning is Kevin F H Reid  NDF  MBA. Mr Reid comes to RBGE having served as Director of Ness Botanic Gardens, part of the University of Liverpool, from July 2006.

A warm welcome to our new apprentices

Settling in just fine. Jennifer Wright and  Kevin Klein-Woolthuis, both 19-years-old, settle in to their new roles in the RBGE's modern apprenticeship scheme.

Birthday Honour at RBGE

New Trustee appointed

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