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A book of treasures...
The latest RBGE publication Botanical Treasures: Objects from the Herbarium and Library of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building which houses our extensive collections, offers a glimpse into some of the rarely seen and exquisite objects we hold. The selection, made by Herbarium and Library staff, gives an insight into the work of these two important parts of RBGE. Each treasure has been photographed and its importance to our unique collection is explained in detail, with tales of daring exploits, discoveries which changed science, and the history of our Edinburgh Garden all ensuing.
This book won runner up in the Best New Publications category of the Association for Cultural Enterprises Awards 2015.
The book is available at the Botanics Shop and to order directly from us here.
Plants: Healers and Killers
Our new publication Plants: Healers and Killers will be in our Botanics Shops soon. A great new book examining the history, folklore and medicinal uses of 16 iconic plants and fungi, and the active substances that can be isolated from each. From notorious murders, accidental poisonings, possession by evil spirits and witches' brews to medicines that have revolutionised therapeutics, this book explores the power of plants and their ability to both heal and kill.
Available to buy
How the Garden Grew
How the Garden Grew: A Photographic History of RBGE is a collection of images from the RBGE Archive showing the Garden through the ages and the people who have worked in it. It contains over 100 beautiful black and white photographs and is £12, you can order it from us here, or buy it at the Botanics Shops.
A good time to start growing your own
Growing your own vegetables, written by members of our Education department and the team behind the Edible Gardening project, is a great book to get you started in your own garden. It is full of hints and tips, space-saving ideas and helpful crop information. Whatever the space you have available this book will help you grow the food you want to eat and keep you harvesting all year round.
Green Universe - A Microscopic Voyage into the Plant Cell
In Green Universe, Stephen Blackmore takes us on a journey through time and space – from the origin of the first cells more than three billion years ago, through their complex intertwined history, to the myriad forms they now take and the perfectly-adapted organs and organisms they make up. Although we cannot live without them we tend to take plants for granted, as though they were all more or less the same, when nothing could be further from the truth. The more closely we look at the world around us, the more we can understand our own place in the complex web of life.
Wild Flowers book available
Wild Flowers: a sketchbook by Charles and John Raven, edited by Henry Noltie has been published by RBGE and is available to buy in the shop. Click here for more information. The book includes drawings made between 1930 and 1935, largely the work of the remarkable father-and-son team: Canon Charles Raven (1885-1964), who was a distinguished theologian, naturalist and historian of science, and his son John (1914-1980), a classics don and passionate field botanist. In 1942 the Ravens wrote ten chapters intended to accompany a selection of their drawings, explaining how the collection was made. The chapters are published here for the first time, 70 years after their conception, in time to celebrate the centenary of Mary Raven, who made some of the early drawings. The book has an Introduction by Henry Noltie.