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Saving species magnificent, new and on the brink of extinction
Stunning gingers, exquisite begonias and one miniscule moss are in the incredible line-up of plant species described as new to science by leading experts at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) over the last 12 months. Working around the…
Iconic poppies climb in retreat from climate change
Meconopsis Integrifolia 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.…
Joint meeting of SPNHC & ICOM NATHIST
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and National Museums Scotland are hosting the first-ever joint conference between two major Natural History Collection organisations: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)…
The days are closing in but there still is time to enjoy the autumn's vibrant colours at all fours Gardens. Follow one of our expert guides or discover by yourself the most stunning views on offer before winter arrives. Benmore Walk through…
National Tree Week
National Tree Week, organised by The Tree Council is the UK's largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. Between 23 November and 1 December, people will be planting trees around the country. Trees are…
RBGE as an organisation Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity and a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored and supported through Grant-in-Aid by the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR). It is governed…
Specimen Preparation and Care
We add thousands of new plant specimens to the Herbarium collection every year. In addition to specimens collected on RBGE expeditions, we receive gifts and exchanges from other herbaria, and specimens from the RBGE research plant…
General Lab Facilities
Biosecurity Plant health and host/pathogen interactions: our laboratory facilities are licensed for work with quarantine listed plant pathogens, either on host plant material, soil or as pure cultures. We also have facilities to support research…
From the very basic problems of how to break up different kinds of tissue in order to extract DNA, to working with the "pre-fragmented" DNA that is found in historic specimens, working in a Botanical Garden laboratory is full of…
Visiting RBGE Library
The Library and Archives is a national reference collection and we welcome visits from all researchers including visiting academics and members of the public. Books and other items from the collections will be retrieved for you by Library staff…
Browse through our diverse range of formal and informal education programmes for people of all ages and at all levels
RBGE publications include a range of titles with books on botany and botanical taxonomy, gardening and horticulture, art and history, children’s books and Guidebooks for all of our Gardens.
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