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New photography exhibition reveals hidden beauty of seeds and fruits
In a new exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), internationally acclaimed photographer Levon Biss explores the astonishing ingenuity and diversity of nature through intensely magnified images of seeds and fruits. Working closely…
UK’s largest plant fossil is on the move
The 10-ton fossilised remains of Pitys withamii, the oldest tree in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, (RBGE) will soon be on the move as part of the Garden’s ambitious Edinburgh Biomes project. Measuring 10.5 metres in length, and an incredible…
Eleventh hour hope for the planet lies in botany without boundaries
Joint work, international collaboration and equity are key to addressing environmental sustainability in our time. That is the message from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), where against the backdrop of the global pandemic, scientists,…
Botanics puts sea greens back on the menu
An inspiring exhibition featuring the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) seaweed collections and telling the story of the role marine vegetables have played in Scotland over the generations will draw to a close on Sunday. Cooking Sections:…
Stone plants of the desert finding sanctuary in Edinburgh
During the week Sir David Attenborough was seen crossing continents in search of desert plants, species featured in his Green Planet series highlight an important aspect of life much closer to home. The Glasshouses of the Royal Botanic Garden…
Conservation hopes for greatest botanical enigmas
Bizarre, strangely beautiful and highly elusive, parasitic plants have been defying comprehension for centuries. Now, new international research* published today (Wednesday, March 23) calls for prioritisation, scientific focus and horticultural…
Antiques Roadshow shines a light on Botanics' rare Darwin specimen
A botanical specimen collected by Charles Darwin and preserved at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the rare objects examined by Fiona Bruce in this week’s episode of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. The gentian Gentianella…
Heritage Fund awards £4 million to restore historic glasshouses
Funding will support re-display of rare and endangered historic plants The two A-Listed Victorian Palm Houses and a modernist range of 1960s glasshouses at the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh are to be restored thanks to a £4 million…
Secret identity of a renowned Sabal revealed
A much-loved palm, nurtured over two centuries at one of the world’s leading plant science and conservation institutes, has been unveiled as a botanical enigma. Nearly a year after it was felled at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), experts…
From Darwin To Dinosaurs: Edinburgh Welcomes World’s Natural History Experts
A network of international experts, unable to meet since 2019, will finally gather in Edinburgh next week to discuss how best to preserve and manage the world’s priceless natural history collections. In the post pandemic world, awareness is higher…
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