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Conifer Ex-situ Conservation
Ex-situ conservation programmes are usually additional to in-situ measures and may also be undertaken as a precautionary measure before species go extinct in the wild. Ex-situ conservation of plants may involve a range a methods, including seed…
Our conservation genetics research focuses on threatened and important plant species. We’re using a combination of genetic and ecological methods to help answering key ecological questions and informing conservation and management decisions. The…
Botanic Garden grows links with Nepal
Two centuries of activity dedicated to the plants of the Himalaya has fostered a unique role for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in the relationship between Nepal and the United Kingdom. Such was the declaration of His Excellency Dr Durga…
2017 Overall Winner: Gabriela Silveira [Hi-res images available on request] With its mission of exploring, conserving and explaining the world of plants for a better future, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) places importance on…
Sensory treat at Dawyck this weekend
A week after its record-breaking plant sale, Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, resumes a more relaxed countenance on Sunday, June 3, when a Sensory Tour provides visitors with the opportunity to touch, smell and interact with a selection of…
Finding hope for nature in The Lost Words
[Hi-res images available on request] A poetic and artistic rallying-call for us all to stay connected with nature is set to inspire adults and children at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The Lost Words (May 19 – September 2) is a…
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…
Graham Charles George Argent - Edinburgh’s Indiana Jones of Botany.
Born: Hertfordshire, 15 May, 1941 Died: Ullapool, 24 April 2019, aged 78 Graham Charles George Argent, known as George to the botanical community, was appointed as Tropical Botanist on the staff of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in…
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…
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