Walks and Talks

John Muir – Nature’s Apostle

Will Collin, of Dunbar’s John Muir’ Birthplace, will explore the development of Muir's influence as a preservationist from his childhood in Dunbar to his death in 1914, and his consequent legacy as 'Father of America's National Parks' and ‘patron saint’ of modern environmental consciousness.

November Garden Guided Walk.

November Garden Guided Walk.

Enjoy a walk around the Garden with one of our Garden Guides looking at a landscape devoid of leaves.

Coffee Morning: In the Footsteps of Kingdon Ward

Hear about a recent visit to Myanmar, collecting herbarium specimens in this land of great biodiversity.

Botanical Treasures - Behind the Scenes

Join staff and authors of our recent publication Botanical Treasures for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the hidden gems in our Herbarium and Library collections.

The Naming of the Shrew: A Walk with John Wright

The Naming of the Shrew: A Walk with John Wright

Join John Wright, forager and author, on a stroll around the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to explore the people and the stories behind the names we use to organise nature.

John Wright: The Naming of the Shrew

John Wright: The Naming of the Shrew

Author and forager John Wright will speak about this latest book - The Naming of the Shrew.

Artist Book Spotlight: Jean Johnstone

A poetry reading with a difference - you do the reading, silently... Jean Johnstone invites you to slowly unwrap her artists books to experience the fine words of leading contemporary poets in the context of each individual art work. All of her small books contain one poem only, each complemented by delicate images from the natural world, on Lokta, Tsasho and Resho papers. Jean Johnstone is a Scottish artist who uses etchings, pen and ink drawings, leaf and bark papers, beeswax, silk and linen, to create handmade, hand-scripted artist’s books. She has made works with many Scottish poets, including John Burnside and Kathleen Jamie.

Evening Talk: Chocolate - History, Facts and Myths

Evening Talk: Chocolate - History, Facts and Myths

Ali Gower, owner of The Chocolate Tree (one of the very few chocolatiers in the UK who make their own chocolate) will explain the challenges of making chocolate from bean to bar. A range of produce will be offered for tasting.

Talking Trees

Talking Trees

Let the RBGE’s volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world.

Evening Talk: In the footsteps of George Forrest with the Friends of RBGE - John Mitchell

A chance to see and hear firsthand details of the Friends of RGE'as recent botanical tour or China's Yunnan province under the skilled leadership of RBGE's Alpine plants expert John Mitchell.

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