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Signing-up for conservation commitments in Nepal

A new era has dawned in scientific, horticultural and conservation collaborations between the UK and Nepal with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RBGE and the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation Department of Plant Resources. The development flags up a significant commitment to long-term capacity building in plant research, conservation and education in the South Asian biodiversity hot-spot.

New Trustee appointed

The Botanics opens up to Edinburgh’s budding gardeners

Edinburgh’s would-be garden enthusiasts have a perfect excuse to come to the Botanics this month. The Garden is hosting a series of drop-in sessions to encourage visitors to cultivate their own produce at home. 

New Trustee announcement

We are delighted that The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Professor Ian Wall as a Trustee to RBGE. Please click here for the full story.

RBGE contends title as Britain’s finest

After a hugely successful year, topped by its critically-acclaimed Botanic Lights event in November, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is starting 2015 with the news that it has been nominated for the prestigious “Garden of the Year” title in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. Now, the race is on to attract support and bring in a winning vote before the end of the month.

New Year Honour tops remarkable year for chief horticulturist

A 36-year career of inspirational leadership in the world of horticulture has been recognised with an OBE in the New Year Honours for Dr David Rae FRSE, recently retired Director of Horticulture and Learning at RBGE.

Threatened seeds of Lebanon find protection in Edinburgh

Crucial conservation efforts in Lebanon are set to benefit from high-level skills transfer workshops in Scotland this week (w/c 8 Dec).

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Buster Keaton ‘steamboats’ his way to the Botanics

The silent movie classic “Steamboat Bill Jr” featuring Buster Keaton is being screened at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) later this month.

Cairngorms offer up botanical secrets

Two striking discoveries in the Cairngorms National Park have served to underscore the need for increased research into Britain’s extensive – but often overlooked - communities of lichens. The call comes after Dr Rebecca Yahr, a Lichen Biodiversity Scientist at RBGE, uncovered two tiny botanical gems clinging unnoticed in one of the country’s most heavily documented mountain regions. Now, the quest is on to discover how many more scientific surprises are waiting to be found, right under our feet.

British seeds of yesterday boost hope for tomorrow’s Mediterranean conservation

Endangered in its homeland, the majestic cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is about to make a remarkable comeback: at key “safe-sites” around the British Isles.

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