The Botanics Magazine Back Issues

Issues 13 to 57 are available in downloadable PDF format. Please click on the image or title below to download. 

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Issue 57, Summer 2014

  • Developments at Dawyck and Logan - Exciting projects in the two Garden
  • Floral tribute - A centenary poppy field at the Edinburgh Garden
  • Ancient wisdom in a modern world - A new exhibition challenges our relationship with our environment

Issue 56, Spring 2014

  • Collecting Conifers - In field in Japan
  • Sylva - A celebration of trees
  • Kids take over - What happened when local schoolchildren ran the Garden

Issue 55, Winter 2013

  • Light of a life - Celebrating 150 years of the Redwood Avenue at Benmore Botanic Garden
  • Time for reflection - The Regius Keeper looks back on his time at RBGE
  • Health and happiness - the healing role of botanic gardens

Issue 54 - Autumn 2013

  • BioBlitz - A snapshot of the wildlife at the Edinburgh Garden
  • In safe-keeping - A recent conifer collection trip to Chile
  • A new home for alpines - A look at the new Alpine House at the Edinburgh Garden

Issue 53 - Summer 2013

  • A Neotropical collaboration - RBGE's work in Colombia
  • Big 5 - What is your favourite plant?
  • Scientifically speaking - The Talking Science project is launched

Issue 52, Spring 2013

  • The Year of Natural Scotland - Introducing a home grown celebration
  • Science Festival - An exciting programme of events for all
  • Teaching green fingers - Extending the reach of our Certificate in Horticulture

Issue 51, Winter 2012

  • A bright Christmas - Celebrating the season at RBGE
  • Making a masterplan - RBGE's outline to modernise the Edinburgh Garden
  • A focus on fungi - Developments in RBGE's mycological research

Issue 50, Autumn 2012

  • Catching a mate - How diatoms reproduce
  • Reworking history - The Woodland Garden at Edinburgh is redeveloped
  • RBGE through the lens - The winners of the 2012 Photography Competition

Issue 49, Summer 2012

  • A paradise restored - RBGE's work in Afghanistan
  • Healthy recovery - RBGE's response to January's storm damage
  • Desert ferns - A new group of plants for the Arid Lands House

Issue 48, Spring 2012

  • Counting the cost - Storm damage at RBGE
  • Cataloguing a nation's trees - RBGE's work in the Congo
  • Namesakes - RBGE's plant name legacy

Issue 47, Winter 2011

  • On China's summits - Ten years of the Lijiang Project
  • Stepping up - Stonework restoration at Dawyck
  • Time to Grow - Promoting careers in horticulture

Issue 46, Autumn 2011

  • Remember the forests - International Year of Forests celebrated at RBGE
  • Gales across the Gardens - Wind damage at RBGE
  • Grow your own - Introducing RBGE's Edinble Gardening Project

Issue 45, Autumn 2011

  • Silver Anniversary - A look back at 25 years of Inverleith House
  • Lovely lilies - Maintaining the pond in the Glasshouses
  • Summer comes to Logan - New developments and colour

Issue 44, Spring 2011

  • Spring Treasures- Alpines at the Edinburgh Garden
  • Open season - What's new at RBGE's four Gardens
  • Plants and the polymath - Patrick Geddes and RBGE

Issue 43, Winter 2010

  • Tropical diversity - Exploring RBGE's work in South America
  • Recording nature - Logging RBGE's biodiversity
  • Lock down - Behind the scenes of RBGE's Quarantine Unit

Issue 42, Autumn 2010

  • Official Gateway opening- Her Majesty The Queen opens the John Hope Gateway
  • A world of begonias- RBGE's global Begonia research
  • An enlightened Victorian- James Duncan's Benmore legacy

 Botanics 41 CoverIssue 41, Summer 2010

  • Staying green - Keeping on target with our environmental progress
  • Horticultural expertise - Work on the Herbaceous Border
  • Growing ideas - The work of students in the Garden

  Botanics 40 CoverIssue 40, Spring 2010 

  • Big on biodiversity - Celebrations at the Garden
  • James McNab - Remembering an influential Curator
  • Postcard from Oman - Reporting from the Arabian peninsula

Issue 39, Winter 2009

  • Barcoding botany - Taking taxonomy to a new dimension
  • Colombian connection - An RBGE scientist's work in South America
  • Horticultural bicentenary - Celebrating the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society

 Issue 38, Autumn 2009

  • A Warm Welcome - An exclusive photographic tour of the John Hope Gateway
  • The Benmore Fernery - A Victorian dream restored
  • Botanising in Iraq - Supporting the recovery of key skills

Issue 37, Summer 2009

  • Gateway to the Garden - A new chapter opens in RBGE's history
  • Celebrating John Hope - An eminent Enlightenment scientist
  • The Wych Elm - Scotland's forgotten native

Botanics 36, Spring 2009Issue 36, Spring 2009

  • Darwin's botanical legacy - The quest continues at the Garden
  • The Biodiversity Garden - A unique garden for the John Hope Gateway
  • Rebuilding the Benmore Fernery - A new lease of life for a Victorian treasure 

Botanics Winter 2008 coverIssue 35, Winter 2008

  • Celebrating snowdrops - Festival and conference at RBGE
  • Meet the relatives - A world of ginger research at the Garden
  • Getting ready for the John Hope Gateway - preparing the opening exhibitions 

Botanics Autumn 2008 coverIssue 34, Autumn 2008

  • Global reach - The international appeal of RBGE's new education courses
  • Branching Out - A look back at RBGE's events programme
  • BISCOT blooms - Botanical art based in Scotland

Issue 33, Summer 2008Issue 33, Summer 2008 

  • Helping hand for the Garden - Thirty years of the Sibbald Trust
  • A welcome in the Borders - Dawyck's new Visitor Centre
  • A holistic approach - RBGE's Herbology Diploma

Issue 32, Spring 2008Issue 32, Spring 2008

  • Facing an uncertain future - Climate change and botanic gardens
  • Tribute to a natural historian - The life and work of Douglas Henderson
  • A celebration of rhododendrons - RBGE hosts the 2008 International Rhododendron Conference

Botanics - Winter 2007Issue 31, Winter 2007

  • Growing together - A celebration of China and RBGE
  • The apprentice - Learning to love a miniature world
  • Monkey puzzle man - New biography of Archibald Menzies

Issue 30Issue 30, Autumn 2007

  • Turkish delights - Instanbul's urban oasis
  • Personal journeys in plantsmanship - Garden's students right on track
  • Saving Scotland's species - A framework for action

Issue 29Issue 29, Summer 2007

  • Science of the Seasons - Monitoring the signs of spring
  • Scotland's phoenix tree - The prospects for our elms
  • Inspirational education - New courses at the Garden

Issue 28, Spring 2007Issue 28, Spring 2007

  • Celebrating Linnaeus - The father of scientific naming turns 300
  • A whole new experience - what awaits visitors to The Gateway
  • Home and Away - this Easter's Science Festival highlights

Issue 27, Winter 2006Issue 27, Winter 06

  • Mountains of opportunity in Laos - valuable botanical training for a land short of experts
  • Argyll's lost garden - Glenbranter's exotics remind of a chapter in RBGE's history
  • At your service! Meet the new Visitor Services team

Issue 26, Autumn 06Issue 26, Autumn 2006

  • Biodiversity of Belize - conserving a fragment of the great Maya Forest
  • A royal family affair - The Queen Mother's Memorial Garden opens
  • Small wonders at Dawyck - discover autumn colour, fungi and native gems

Botanics Summer 06 coverIssue 25, Summer 2006

  • A vision shared - Creating the Gateway: Scotland's national Biodiversity Interpretation Centre
  • In the land of the dragon's blood tree - see Soqotra this summer in our new exhibition
  • Real life communication - the vital message of the Gateway

Botanics Spring 06 coverIssue 24, Spring 2006

  • Seasonal treasures - RBGE's world-renowned alpine collection
  • Unsung heroes - The diverse lives of Scottish Lichens explored
  • Beech Hedge centenary - An old favourite celebrated

Winter 05 Issue 23, Winter 2005

  • Right on target - meeting our global conservation commitments
  • CThe Gaoligong Shan - a return to the magnificent mountains
  • SYNTHESYS - sharing skills across Europe

Autumn 05Issue 22, Autumn 2005

  • Building Bhutan's mountain garden
  • Conifer conservation
  • Sowing seeds of knowledge
  • Honouring Scotland's own rainforests through art

Summer 05Issue 21, Summer 2005

  • The hidden world of diatoms
  • Antipodean adventures
  • Windows on the World wide open
  • Celebrating two Scottish greats with our summer exhibitions

Spring 05  Issue 20, Spring 2005

  • Scotland's sub-arctic willows
  • Useful trees of Peruvian Andes
  • Volunteers' gift of time
  • Recalling 42 years at Benmore

Winter 04 Issue 19, Winter 2004

  • Bizarre and beautiful images from electron microscopy
  • Botanical illustration: a deep-rooted tradition still thrives
  • Lijiang project receives official recognition
  • Chilean land-purchase initiative

  Autumn 04Issue 18, Autumn 2004

  • Race to study and conserve the flora of South East Asia.
  • How horticulture therapy changes lives
  • Life under glass
  • A legacy opens doors for Chilean students

Summer 04Issue 17, Summer 2004

  • Genetic studies of disjunct populations
  • A fascination for ferns
  • Inverleith House re-opens
  • Summer exhibitions
  • Dawyck's silver jubilee

Spring 04Issue 16, Spring 2004

  • George Forrest, plant hunter
  • Birdlife in the four Gardens
  • Delicate work of the Herbarium Mounter
  • Garden's new Gateway
  • Science Festival fun

Winter 03  Issue 15, Winter 2003

  • Global gardeners
  • The charm of mosses and lichens
  • Japan - islands of plenty
  • Flowering times
  • 19th century Indian watercolours 

Autumn 03Issue 14, Autumn 2003

  • Teach, Empower, Grow
  • Autumn Glory
  • Best of British
  • Gateway for the Future
 

Summer 03Issue 13, Summer 2003

  • Gesneriad Gems
  • Return of the Hornworts
  • Story of a Stream
  • Eden's Orchestra

 

The following issues are not available to download.  Please contact the Publications Dept via Contact Us or call 0131 248 2991 to check availabily of printed copies.

Issue 12

Issue 12, Spring 2003 

  • Cerrado: Brazil's tree savanna
  • Spring sensations at the four Gardens
  • Glasshouse redevelopment
  • Ten years of Garden Guides

Issue 11, Winter 2002

  • Expedition to China's Gaoligong Shan
  • World Summit on Sustainable Development
  • RBGE's Trustees
  • Storytelling in the Garden
  • Funding for Scottish flora

Issue 10, Autumn 2002

  • Botanic gardens and biodiversity
  • Vietnam's valuable conifers
  • A right royal garden
  • Adult education
  • Introducing the Campaign Board

Issue 9, Summer 2002

  • Sir George Mathewson and the Campaign
  • Floras of Southwest Asia
  • Dawyck

Issue 8, Spring 2002

  • Bhutan
  • Benmore
  • Treasures from the Archives

Issue 7, Winter 2001

  • The Herbarium
  • Botanical illustration
  • Logan

Issue 6, Autumn 2001

  • The Lijiang Project
  • Scientific education at RBGE
  • The Children's Garden

Issue 5, Summer 2001

  • Island exploration
  • Flora Celtica
  • The Galapagos

Issue 4, Spring 2001

  • Global biodiversity
  • People need plants
  • Exhibitions
  • Science Festival 2001

Issue 3, Autumn 2000

  • The Living Collections
  • The Spice Route
  • A Scottish Winter
  • Learning Plantsmanship

Issue 2, Summer 2000

  • Conservation of Scotland's rare plants
  • Exploring Scotland
  • Education Matters

Issue 1, Spring 2000

  • Feature on RBGE
  • Overseas expeditions
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival 2000
  • Business activities

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