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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.


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.

High-value timber species in Tanzania’s coastal forests will be exhausted in 30 years

High- value timber species in Tanzania’s coastal forests will be exhausted in 30 years, according to research by Tanzanian and UK scientists.

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).

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.

Appointment of a Trustee to the Board of RBGE

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP today (22 August 2016) announced the appointment of Chris Wallace as a Trustee of the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

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