Edinburgh Garden news

Statement from RBGE 18.10.2016

After considerable consideration the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has accepted that, in the interests of prioritising its core mission To explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future, it must be pragmatic about the overall diversity of its wider commitments.

As part of this, Inverleith House will no longer be dedicated to the display of contemporary art, and RBGE is looking at options for the alternative use of the building. RBGE will continue to use both the overall setting of the Garden and other existing indoor spaces to engage our visitors with art in the Garden environment. No member of staff will lose their job in the adjustment. The intention is very much that we intend to retain our reputation as an art venue across the board, be it for botanical art, illustration, performance, photography, sculpture and contemporary art.

Through this change the organisation will remove the various inevitable financial risks attached to running a high-profile gallery. It will also free-up resources to concentrate more fully on its scientific and horticultural research and conservation work and provide greater scope to encourage public engagement with the environment.

Trees believed extinct found thriving at royal palace

Tree experts have been excited by the “discovery” of two mature specimens – until now thought to be extinct in Britain – within Her Majesty The Queen’s garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh city centre. Now thoughts are turning to propagation of the rare royal 100ft-tall Wentworth elms (Ulmus 'Wentworthii Pendula).

Logan Curator to help save threatened plants in Vietnam

Benmore horticulturists return from fieldtrip to British Columbia

Scientific framework for tropical America

Game of cones: school gamers recruited to save trees

With new threats to tree health never far from the news, the game plan for seven Scottish research institutes has been to work with computer game designers and create a freely-available platform on which young players can pit their wits against pests and diseases in the virtual forest survival strategy game CALEDON. The ultimate aim being to encourage a new generation of much-needed tree health specialists.

Exhibition draws delight on a flourishing 200-year relationship

Building a DNA-based identification system for life

The Wicker Man returns to Logan

Light in the Garden opens at Dawyck

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