A personal welcome to the Botanics! Whether you are one of our regular visitors or have yet to visit the Botanics, I hope you will enjoy exploring this web site and visit our four Gardens soon.
Without plants there would be no life on Earth. We are dependent upon them for the very air we breathe, not to mention the food we eat and many other products that sustain our daily lives. With plants and their habitats under threat around the world there is an urgent need to understand, protect and conserve them. This is a daunting task but the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has over 330 years of experience in working with plants and the environment. Our continuing success is due to:
- Our skilled and dedicated staff who are leaders in their fields and work in over 40 countries around the world,
- Our world-renowned Living Collections in our four Gardens, each with its own climate, allowing us to grow plants from all over the world, and
- Our first-class research facilities - the Laboratories, Herbarium and Library.
We are well placed to make an increasing contribution to the conservation of plants in Scotland and in the world at large.
We hope that you will share our passion for plants and our concern for the future.
Stephen Blackmore CBE FRSE
Regius Keeper and Queen's Botanist
Professor Stephen Blackmore's book, Gardening the Earth: Gateways to a Sustainable Future was published by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in July 2009. To find out more information or to order the publication click on the Publications link here.