Edinburgh Garden news

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

Discover the wonders of Nepal on new audio trail

Protecting Scottish trees and herbs for the future

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has collected seeds from 14 trees and 29 conservation priority herbs this year, to help deliver Scottish species into the UK National Tree Seed Project and the UK Flora Project. Both projects aim to protect British plants and are coordinated across the UK nations by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Royal recognition for Georgian cottage reborn

An internationally-important seat of learning from the Scottish Enlightenment which fell into dereliction and was painstakingly dismantled to be reconstructed two miles across the capital has received the royal seal of approval. Simultaneously the oldest and newest building at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), the incredible Botanic Cottage has been officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal this (Thursday) morning.

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