Scotland and UK

Growing your own vegetables

ISBN 978 1 906129 84 2 Paperback, 245mm x 186mm, full colour throughout, £10 +p&p

This practical guide from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh explains the techniques you need to grow a variety of vegetables in any available space. Along with methods, tips and horticultural expertise there are lots of inspirational ideas to keep you eating your own crops all year round.

Drawing on the experience of expert staff, this book offers simple and concise instructions to get you started. Based on the courses we offer, our Edible Gardenings Project and even our work with children, this comprehensive book will help you make the most of your outdoor space through the seasons.

The Benmore Fernery: Celebrating the World of Ferns

The Benmore Fernery Cover

 by Mary Gibby, ISBN 978 1 906129 29 3 Paperback, 245mm x 186mm, full colour throughout, fully illustrated. £6 +p&p.

Discover the world of ferns with this new 40 page illustrated guidebook from RBGE by  Professor Mary Gibby. The history of the Benmore Fernery and its restoration is charted and you can use it to discover more about RBGE's fascinating fern collection at any of the four Gardens.

Wych Elm

Wych Elm Cover

Edited by Max Coleman, Paperback ISBN 978 1 906129 21 7, Hardback ISBN 978 1906129 25 5, 276x219mm, Paperback £20 +p&p, Hardback £25 +p&p

Wych Elm is a celebration of a quintessentially British tree. This book describes in detail for the first time the ecological and cultural history of a tree species ravaged by Dutch elm disease but still thriving in its last European stronghold in the Highlands and West coast of Scotland. In a fascinating story of life, death and rebirth this book shows how every part of the wych elm can be recycled, both in nature and the hands of skilled craftspeople, earning it the title of the phoenix tree.

Field Key to Wild Orchids of Scotland

by Patrick Woods and Mary Bates (1993) HMSO, ISBN 0 11 495105 5, softback, ii + 30pp, £1.95 plus 60p p+p (UK)

A pocket-sized reproduction of the field key with fine line drawings. Ideal for identification in the field.


Orchids of the British IslesOrchids of the British Isles

Michael Foley & Sidney Clarke
ISBN 0 9541916 1 7, Hardback, 270 x 200mm. Extent 320 pages, illustrated throughout with over 300 colour photographs. Published by Griffin Press in association with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. £45 plus £5 p&p (UK)

Orchid enthusiasts will delight in the definitive new book Orchids of the British Isles. Michael Foley's authoritative text provides a full description of every species (plus 60 variants and hybrids) along with distribution maps. These are accompanied by Sidney Clarke's stunning plant portraits and habitat photos, taken in the course of a decade of orchid-hunting. Chapters on orchid biology and ecology, conservation and cultivation complete the picture. In addition, Sid Clarke, former principal photographer at the Garden, discloses the secrets of his art in a chapter on plant photography. Orchids of the British Isles is a full-colour, hardback title published by Griffin Press in association with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. 

Scottish Wild Plants: their history, ecology and conservationScottish Wild Plants

by Phil Lusby & Jenny Wright; photographs by Sidney Clarke (2001) Paperback: ISBN 0 1 841830 119, viii + 116pp, £12.95 plus £2 p&p 

This attractive book publicises the wealth of Scotland's native flora by highlighting a selection of over 40 of the rarest species. The text focuses on their features of interest, the history of their discovery and in some cases the complicated story of their correct identification, their particular ecological needs and current status. The beauty of these plants, and the range of plant types are superbly captured by colour photographs. These also illustrate the variety of Scottish habitats in which these species grow. The history and development of our Scottish flora and the main environmental features that determine its variation are described. A regional survey of habitats highlights many of the most important botanical areas in Scotland. Threats to our native plants and current initiatives to protect them through legislation, habitat protection and careful management are also discussed.

Book of the Scottish GardenThe Book of the Scottish Garden

by Brinsley Burbidge; text by Fay Young (1989)
Paperback (RBGE): ISBN 1 872291 22 8, 168pp, £9.99 plus £2.50 p+p (UK)
Hardback (Moubray House Publishing): ISBN 0 948473 12 6, 168pp, £14.95 plus £3.50 p+p (UK)

The Scottish Garden presents a unique photographic record of many of Scotland's finest gardens, from Logan Botanic Garden in the far southwest to the Castle of Mey on the north coast of Caithness. It includes full-colour photographs of over 50 gardens - personal and evocative images all of which demonstrate the presence of a real sense of Scottishness. Fay Young provides a perceptive commentary. 

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