The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) means many different things to different people. The majority of the 800,000 visitors who we welcome to our four magnificent Gardens each year seek to revel in the beauty of 15,000 species of plants from around the globe. Many are keen to explore and understand the diversity of plants on which our wellbeing depends. For others, it is a world class scientific institution and a centre of excellence for plant conservation and education. For those of us who work here, it is all these things and we are privileged to be part of one of the World’s finest and most respected botanic gardens.
RBGE continues to be at the forefront of plant science and horticulture, with its contribution to the conservation of plants extending to more than 80 countries. As we face global environmental change and the threat of extinction of around two thirds of plant species the relevance and significance of our research and conservation programmes cannot be understated. From saving the whorled Solomon’s-seal in Scotland to studying the ginger family in Asia, RBGE’s team of scientists deliver a demanding range of research and conservation programmes – by undertaking intensive field work, using the Garden’s living plant collection and drawing on the three million specimens in our Herbarium and extensive research Library.
The education programmes we offer put these resources and expertise to very good use. From primary school to PhD, for amateurs and professionals, the courses are in high demand. Information about courses can be found on this website and range from taxonomy and practical horticulture to botanical illustration and garden design.
The four Gardens Edinburgh, Benmore (Argyll), Dawyck (near Peebles) and Logan (Galloway) are major tourist attractions, inspiring and delighting visitors from all over the world. Each has a different character, climate and composition and all provide a warm welcome.
There are many ways that you can benefit from an association with, and support the work of, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Whether it is by becoming a volunteer, a member, a patron or donor, participating in an event or by visiting the Gardens, we would welcome your contribution and look forward to seeing you very soon.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Regius Keeper, Simon Milne, MBE