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Iconic poppies climb in retreat from climate change
Prized by gardeners worldwide, several species of the iconically beautiful Meconopsis (Himalayan poppies) could soon be threatened in their native habitat as climate change pushes them to ever smaller mountain sanctuaries. Within 50 years they…
Top authors and poets connect with nature in Edinburgh
Avid readers will get the chance to meet some of the UK’s finest authors and poets at Scotland’s only festival of nature writing and poetry at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) this weekend (8 and 9 June). Among the line-up for the Connect…
Learning about the bare necessities of life at Logan
Nearly 400 primary school children from around the Rhins of Galloway are enjoying a special insight into the natural world during a week of themed sessions at Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer. Each day, from April 29 to May 3, the younger P1…
Golden Day for Scotland’s most exotic Garden
Logan Botanic Garden, one of Scotland’s leading visitor attractions, is marking the 50th anniversary of it becoming part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) with a special event today (Wed 17 July). The Garden at Port Logan, known as…
Gift of conifer trees for international conservation
A very special parcel has been unwrapped by conservationists at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden in Hong Kong, with the best of wishes for a fresh start in the new year, from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Forty rooted cuttings of the…
350th Anniversary launch
As it marks its 350th year, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh highlights urgent need to protect the world’s plants The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will mark its 350th anniversary by undertaking a year-long programme of events and activities to…
Delivering nature - and learning - without boundaries
Children and adults deprived of their usual open access to nature are snapping up a raft of new learning opportunities from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). When the country went into lockdown, the research institute moved up a gear to…
Discovering more of Earth’s mega-rich plant diversity
More than one new plant species for every week of the year – from a mighty conifer to tiny tropical flowers and miniscule diatoms – 56 new species have been described as new to science by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh during the last 12…
Hardly an overnight success: 100 years to discover plant species
While the act of discovering a species is often seen as a thrilling moment, newly published research demonstrates the initial encounter is just the beginning of a long process. Understanding what a species represents actually, on average, takes…
Grasslands: not wastelands but creations of ancient creatures
In a world of assumptions, for hundreds of years the people of Madagascar have been widely blamed for destroying their own magnificent environment: by making grassland from forest. Now, new research from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal…
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