Traditional Alpine House

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Traditional Alpine House

Built in 1975, our Traditional Alpine House cultivates many rare alpine species. However, as a cedar wood construction it has now reached the end of its useful life, and desperately needs to be restored.

Alpine plants need conditions that cannot easily be created outdoors. However, the design of the Traditional Alpine House, where plants are grown in clay pots and plunged-in sandbeds under glass, protected from rain but with plenty of air ventilation and shading, supports these plants’ needs and demonstrates this important historic method of growing such species. The Alpine House and its surrounding area are full of vibrant colour from Draba, Dionysia and Androsace. Bulbs such as Cyclamen, Fritillaria and tulips also thrive, as do primulas, gentians and Chilean crocuses.

It is important to educate the public in the myriad ways to reconstruct appropriate climates and settings for Alpine plants in the UK. With your help, restoring RBGE’s Traditional Alpine House alongside our modern Tufa House will showcase both the heritage and modern approaches together, providing our diverse collection of alpine plants with the best possible range of settings to flourish.

Please donate today and help reach our fundraising target to restore the Traditional Alpine House in the Edinburgh Botanics.

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