The Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh contains approximately 3 million specimens of plants and fungi from around the world. The oldest specimen dates from 1697 but the main bulk of the historic specimens come from the 19th century. The more recent specimens reflect the taxonomic and geographic focus of researchers and collectors at the RBGE over the past hundred years.
The collection is actively used to support research at the RBGE and at other institutions around the world. We receive visits from about 200 scientists per year. We send out on average some 4,000 specimens on loan per year. We add 10,000 new specimens to the collection each year.