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Honoured for dedicated service at Benmore

9 May 2018

More than 30 years of outstanding contribution to the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) – and almost 25 specifically dedicated to Benmore Botanic Garden – has been honoured with a day of celebration and recognition for Sir Peter Hutchison Bt. CBE FRSE.

Literature and Art Connecting for Nature

8 May 2018

A dazzling array of literary and artistic talent will lead the call to Connect with Nature, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) first festival of nature writing, later this month. Mark Cocker, Esther Woolfson and Jim Crumley are three of the authors bringing their experiences to life in a weekend of inspirational talks, lively discussions, workshops and tours on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

Natives: rejoicing in artistic and scientific excellence

28 February 2018

A stunning award-winning exhibition summoning back the linguistic beauty of nature tops the bill of the spring and summer season at RBGE. 

Conifer conservation boost: from Chile to back again

6 February 2018

The government of Chile’s decision to create a network of national parks over a massive 10 million acres has been hailed as a significant boost for leading conservation experts pioneering international ex-situ management and protection strategies throughout Britain and Ireland. Within the new network, in Patagonia, grow magnificent Fitzroya (alerce), tall long-lived conifers of particular interest to the International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), based at RBGE.

3 May 2017

China has invested more resources than any other country in reversing deforestation and planting trees. However, given the large scale of these programmes it has been difficult to quantify their impact on forest cover. A new study shows that much of China’s new tree cover consists of sparse, low plantations as opposed to large areas of dense, high tree cover. The results of the study could help policymakers track returns from tree-planting investment and identify suitable environments for future afforestation, aiding efforts to sequester carbon, prevent soil degradation and enhance biodiversity.

Research without borders celebrated in plant diplomacy

10 March 2017

A celebration of plant diplomacy has taken place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (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

23 February 2017

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.

Action for new species discovered on brink of extinction

17 February 2017

Tiny, tropical and delicately beautiful Begonia elachista is an enigma in the world of plant research and conservation. Today all at once it officially becomes the newest of its kind known to science; the smallest identified species of Begonia on the planet and recorded as critically endangered - in the name of tourism. The race is on to provide protection and hope for the future, starting with horticultural and scientific research at RBGE.

Working Art Groups Announced

10 February 2017

A group with experience in education, the arts and the creative industries has been engaged to advise the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on the strategic direction of its future arts programme.   

Protecting Scottish trees and herbs for the future at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

19 December 2016

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

15 December 2016

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.

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

14 December 2016

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

4 October 2016

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

21 September 2016

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.

Lichens - making invisible nasties visible

29 June 2016

Planting the seeds of a new partnership for Garden and MSP

27 June 2016

Ben Macpherson MSP, recently elected member for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, has made his first behind-the-scenes visit to the RBGE.

Major Boost To Help Save Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Alpine House

15 June 2016

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is celebrating the news that it has received a £46,215 funding boost from SITA Trust to help restore the Garden’s Heritage Alpine House.

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners' Question Time Summer Garden Party arrives in Scotland for the first time

20 May 2016

The annual Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) Summer Garden Party bids a fond farewell to Wales as it gets ready to head to Scotland for the first time, where it will take place in the spectacular setting of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on Saturday 9th July 2016.

The Botanic Cottage throws open its (traditionally crafted) doors

10 May 2016

The Botanic Cottage has opened its doors to its first visitors.  Rescued in 2008 from demolition at its previous location, the historic RBGE site on Leith Walk, the 18th century Cottage has undergone a wholesale move and a traditional rebuild, reviving the historic building as a new centre for community and education work in the Garden.

People’s Postcode Lottery Charity of the Week

13 April 2016

 To mark 2016 National Gardening Week, RBGE is hosting a Spring Festival as People’s Postcode Lottery’s national Charity of the Week. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an amazing £450,000 to RBGE for 2016, supporting projects at home and abroad.

Botanic Garden’s Regius Keeper is Conferred Professor

12 April 2016

Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), has been conferred an Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh. As part of this, he is now associated to the School of Biological Sciences.

Guttied by the hunger for Sapotaceae

21 March 2016

It has been dubbed “the most important plant family you’ve never heard of” and from Saturday, March 19 to Sunday, July 24 visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) can discover just how much we have relied upon the pantropical Sapotaceae for everything from golf balls to intercontinental communication.

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the map 


A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Financial Model Attracts International Interest 

18 January 2016

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Scotland may not be the most likely hotbed of financial innovation, yet it is leading the way with a concept that could bring about positive changes in spending policy on public services around the world.

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