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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).

Jane Gardner Trio

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.

Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools (1969–2014) at Inverleith House

Inverleith House is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in the UK by legendary American artist, Tony Conrad (b. 1940, Concord, New Hampshire).

Sounding Scotland’s Wild Plants in Music

Award-winning string duo High Heels & Horse Hair will be performing Baroque and contemporary compositions inspired by Scotland's plant life at RBGE on Saturday 18 October. TRANSPLANTED is a musical depiction of native plants, celebrating their diversity and many uses in society over the centuries.

Gates Get Golden Touch

The magnificent Grade A-listed Golden Gates at Benmore Botanic Garden have been restored and replaced after an absence of almost 10 years.

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