Press Releases 2014

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Threatened seeds of Lebanon find protection in Edinburgh

10 December 2014

Crucial conservation efforts in Lebanon are set to benefit from high-level skills transfer workshops in Scotland this week.

Cairngorms offer up botanical secrets

3 December 2014

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.

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

18 November 2014

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.

Sounding Scotland’s Wild Plants in Music

7 October 2014

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.

Gates get Golden Touch at Benmore

3 October 2014

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

Beautiful, bountiful and priceless: a botanical legacy as never seen before

18 September 2014

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. 

RBGE’s ‘Night in the Garden’ joins Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

11 September 2014

Following the launch of Botanic Lights – Night in the Garden, the new evening light event at RBGE this winter, organisers have today announced support of £25,000 from Homecoming Scotland 2014

Unmasked: the botanical Kiwi who hitched to Britain

1 September 2014

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.

A time for remembrance and reflection at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

4 August 2014

At the heart of the Garden this month, a wild poppy meadow stands as a poignant and transitory memorial to those who fought and died in World War One.

Colourful Logan is Golden Green in new Award

29 July 2014

Logan Botanic Garden has scored a double success, with the news that it has earned a Gold Award for its Green Tourism credentials – just months after securing coveted five-star status from VisitScotland.

Sun shines down on Dawyck royal visit

24 July 2014

The sun shone brightly throughout an informal visit by HRH, The Princess Royal, to Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, on Wednesday, July 23.

Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden at Inverleith House

16 July 2014

Inverleith House is delighted to present the first UK exhibition outside London by one of the most radically inventive and influential artists our time.

View from the top as new Regius Keeper visits Benmore

16 June 2014

Plans for the rehanging of the historic Golden Gates, creation of a Chilean Viewpoint Refuge and reinvention of the Formal Garden were just some of the plans discussed when Benmore Botanic Garden Curator Peter Baxter welcomed Simon Milne MBE, recently appointed Regius Keeper of RBGE, to the organisation’s world-class west coast site.

Botanic gardens at the heart of the commonwealth

5 June 2014

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) will be celebrating our place in the heart of the Commonwealth with events at all our Gardens and at Glasgow Botanic Garden over the summer.

Schools programme at Logan gets boost from local trust

3 June 2014

Pupils from schools throughout Dumfries & Galloway will get the chance to participate in an educational programme at Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, thanks to a £2,500 award from a local trust.

Wooing the woolly willow back into the wild

21 May 2014

The traditional horticultural practices and cutting-edge scientific technology being used in tandem to save one of Scotland’s most threatened plants was demonstrated when Graeme Dey MSP, the Scottish Parliament’s Woolly Willow Species Champion, visited RBGE.

Dawyck becomes the first carbon neutral botanic garden in the UK

19 May 2014 

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, today (Monday 19 May) launched a new hydro-electric scheme at Dawyck Botanic Garden, making it the first carbon neutral botanic garden in the UK. 

The Botanics 'takes the lead' with Assistance Dog Day

14 May 2014

RBGE will host an Assistance Dog Day on Sunday 15 June to highlight the accessibility of the Garden. The day has been officially launched by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism. 

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to mark Centenary of First World War with Poppy Field

14 April 2014

RBGE will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War by creating a poppy field at the centre of its Edinburgh site.

Unique Yew Hedge to be created from Historic and Threatened Trees World-wide

8 April 2014

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.


31 March 2014

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s landmark work, Sylva, the RBGE is presenting an exhibition of drawings of British trees and woodland by Sarah Simblet, commissioned for The New Sylva.

New Man In Charge Steps back to the future at Dawyck

19 March 2014

Curator of Dawyck Botanic Garden, Graham Stewart, welcomes Simon Milne MBE, newly appointed Regius Keeper of RBGE on his first official visit to the organisation’s world-class arboretum in the heart of the Scottish Borders.

New plant discovery doffs cap to 20th century greats

18 March 2014 

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

14 March 2014

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.

Honoured for work in Scottish plant conservation

21 January 2014

Sustained dedication to the conservation of plants in Scotland merited an MBE in the New Year Honours list for Dr Heather McHaffie of RBGE.

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