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A botanical legacy as never seen before

An insightful peek at the rarely seen objects supporting the work of a leading international research centre is presented exquisitely in the newly published Botanical Treasures: Objects from the Herbarium and Library of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Set alongside alluring images of antique and contemporary archive specimens sit rich textual passages presenting powerful stories about plants and people from around the world.

Unmasked: the botanical Kiwi who hitched to Britain

A tiny botanical gem that made its home over just four sites along the southern reaches of Britain has finally found its true roots on the other side of the world.

Unique Yew hedge to be created from historic and threatened trees

Young plants propagated from ancient and threatened yew trees and collected from around the world are being used to create a unique heritage hedge and important conservation resource in Scotland at RBGE.

New plant discovery doffs cap to 20th century greats

Scientists in the UK collaborating with colleagues in Vietnam have made the rare discovery of a previously unknown plant group or “genus” and, within it, five species of delicate flowers that are all new to science.

Royal Society makes David Rae its horticultural first

A career dedicated to serving and improving the world of horticulture has been recognised through election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) for Dr David Rae, Director of Horticulture and Learning at RBGE. It is believed he is the first horticulturist to be elected a Fellow.

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