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Illustrations in the RBGE Library & Archives
The Collection also provides an insight into the history of the Garden through illustrations commissioned by several of its Regius Keepers, notably John Hope and John Hutton Balfour, and by artists that are particularly associated with the…
Algae is the term used for a large polyphyletic group of photosynthetic organisms. They are primarily aquatic (marine and freshwater), but can also be terrestrial. The algae collection has been built up over the last 200 years, with the earliest…
Care and Conservation of Specimens
We have a duty to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections. To protect our herbarium specimens from loss or damage, we have specifically designed storage and strict specimen handling guidelines. The condition of the…
Integrated Herbaria & Major Collections
The Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has a rich history. Originally founded from the Herbarium of the University of Edinburgh and the Botanical Society of Scotland, there then followed the incorporation of many large, historically…
Members of the Herbarium team are actively involved in many local, national and international projects in which the collections are a fundamental part. RBGE has also taken a leading role in developing curatorial systems and digitisation processes,…
The collections have been listed in the order that they occur in the Herbarium.
The herbarium regularly welcomes artists in to work with the collections. A wide variety of work results from these collaborations, with pieces that are inspired by the natural forms found within our collections. Some recent collaborations have…
Regulations - Library and Archives
The Library and Archives of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are national reference collections and, as such, are open to all. In registering to use the collections, you agree to abide by our regulations which are essential to ensure the…
Fungi are an essential part of many ecosystems. The diversity of fungi is only partly understood, and many new species are yet to be discovered. Most fungi are microscopic and hard to detect, but others intermittently produce fruiting bodies –…
Lichens are very diverse; there are c. 20,000 to 30,000 species globally. They are ecologically important; they break down rocks forming stable soils, and they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere making it available for plant growth. Scotland is home…
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