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The environmentalist and the diplomat: an Edwardian legacy
Against all received knowledge that the heroes and villains of Edwardian plant-hunting are already fully documented, new research shines a much-needed light on a plantsman and social activist from England’s Lake District who achieved prominence as…
B2K, a milestone in international biodiversity accounting
Fieldwork and old-fashioned sleuthing are combining to unravel mysteries of the plant world. Now, B2K has been conquered: not a mountain, but a milestone in the study of biodiversity for partner scientists in Asia, the Americas and Edinburgh.…
The Botanics named the most visited attraction in Scotland
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has been announced as Scotland’s busiest visitor attraction for 2020. Figures released from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) show the Garden attracted 452,479 visitors during its 350th…
Twenty-five-year-old mystery solved as Salvia is named after late female botanist
A new species of plant has been named after the late botanist Rose Clement, more than 25 years after her research indicated that it was probably unknown to science. While researching the genus Salvia in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden…
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:…
Conservation hopes for greatest botanical enigmas
Bizarre, strangely beautiful and highly elusive, parasitic plants have been defying comprehension for centuries. Now, new international research calls for prioritisation, scientific focus and horticultural resources to ensure these weird works of…
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…
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