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Nepal: An introduction to the natural history, ecology, and human environment of the Himalayas

Edited by Georg Miehe and Colin Pendry

The Himalayas are Earth’s greatest mountain range, including its highest peaks, and they have profound effects on Asia’s climate, biodiversity and human cultures. Nepal is a microcosm for the Himalayas and this book, a companion volume to the Flora of Nepal, provides the definitive account of the country’s environment. It includes contributions from more than forty international experts describing the region’s geology, geomorphology, hydrology, climate, soils, evolutionary biology, ecology, palynology, ethnobotany, anthropology and conservation.

The publication of Nepal: An Introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment of the Himalayas is the direct culmination of four years of work, but it is built on the four decade career of the lead editor, Georg Miehe, one of today’s leading authorities on the ecology of the Himalayas. The forty five other authors who have contributed to the book represent many of the foremost experts on the Himalayas.

The book includes a wealth of stunning pictures and although it is primarily written for a professional audience, it will have wider appeal to others with an interest in the region.

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Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile

Book coverBy Martin Gardner, Paulina Hechenleitner and Josefina Hepp.  Paintings by acclaimed Turkish artists Gülnur Ekşi, Işık Güner and Hülya Korkmaz. Published October 2015.

A rare opportunity exists to own a copy of a truly exceptional large format book featuring 81 newly-commissioned botanical watercolour paintings showing the remarkable diversity of plants associated with the woods and forests of Chile. Each painting is accompanied by information on the habitat, conservation, cultivation and uses of the plant, drawn from the authors' decades of experience working with Chilean plants both in their native habitats and in cultivation, providing fascinating insights into this relatively little-known flora.

Published in a limited edition of 450 numbered copies and presented in a slip case, the book has been produced to a very high standard worthy of the paintings within and presents a rare opportunity for an investment to be greatly valued and cherished.

The English-language edition is now available to order for £200 plus P&P. Please send the order form to As of January 2016 fewer than 100 copies of this edition are still available to purchase.

A Spanish edition of the book is due to be published in March 2016. Please contact us for further information and to pre-order copies.

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Rhododendrons of subgenus Vireya, 2nd edition (Paperback)

Vireya rhododendrons are an attractive group of plants with a greater diversity of flower form than any other group of rhododendrons. They are widely grown around the world for their beautiful and sometimes powerfully perfumed flowers.

Published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, this enlarged second edition incorporates new material, including 10 new species and many new and improved illustrations.

The paperback edition, priced at £40 (plus postage and packing) is now available. Please contact us to place your order.

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Plants: Healers and Killers

Plants: Healers and Killers examines 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.

The book is priced at £15.00 and is available at the Botanics Shop and to order directly from us here.

A book of treasures...

 Botanical Treasures: Objects from the Herbarium and Library of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building which houses our extensive collections and offers a glimpse into some of the rarely seen and exquisite objects we hold. The selection, made by RBGE research and curatorial staff, gives an insight into the work of these two important collections. 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 among many others.

This book won runner up in the Best New Publications category of the Association for Cultural Enterprises Awards 2015.

The book is priced at £12.50 and is available at the Botanics Shop and to order directly from us here.

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 and the people who have worked in it through the ages . It contains over 100 beautiful black and white photographs.

 The book is priced at £12 and is available at the Botanics Shop and to order directly from us here.

 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.

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