Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


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Address and contact details
20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH3 5LR
Tel: 0131 552 7171
Fax: 0131 248 2901
Email: postmaster@rbge.org.uk
Web site: www.rbge.org.uk
Latitude: 55° 57' 57" N
Longitude: 3° 12' 12" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1670
Ownership:Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Garden code:E
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Personnel
Regius Keeper: Professor Stephen Blackmore
Director of Horticulture: Dr David Rae
Deputy Director: David Knott
Outdoor Curator: David Knott
Glasshouse Curator: David Knott
Contact person: Dr David Rae
Total Staff:200
Total Horticultural Staff:85- 45 in Edinburgh
Policies
Accessions:Yes, apply to Curator
Collections:Yes, apply to Curator
Physical environment
Altitude:20-40 m
Soil type:Sand, acid
Aspect:Varied
Total area:32 ha
Area heated:1.5ha
Other sites of collection:Dawyck Botanic Garden
Logan Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden
Weather recordsRecords kept
Temperature
Average daily:9.2 °C
Av. monthly max:12.55 °C
Av. monthly min:5.81 °C
Absolute maximum:30 °C
Absolute minimum:-15.5 °C
Wind
Direction:West
Strength:Above average (7.76)
Rainfall
Average annual:698 mm (439-931)
Month of maximum:October (2.58 mm/day)
Month of minimum:April (1.45 mm/day)
Plant collection
Families:351
Genera:2,733
Species:13,374
Taxa:17,382
Accessions:34,695
Plants:Records 68,621
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Northern Europe, Southeastern Europe, Southern Africa, Arabian Peninsula, China, Eastern Asia, Indian Subcontinent, S.E.Asia, Indo-China, Malesia, Caribbean, Western South America, Brazil, Southern South America
Special families within the collections:
Araucariaceae, Cephalotaxaceae, Cupressaceae, Phyllocladaceae, Pinaceae, Podocarpaceae, Sciadopityaceae, Taxaceae, Taxodiaceae. Aceraceae, Berberidaceae, Betulaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Ericaceae, Escalloniaceae, Fagaceae, Gentianaceae, Grossulariaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Musaceae, Oleaceae, Orchidaceae, Primulaceae, Rapateaceae, Rosaceae, Ruscaceae, Saxifragaceae, Umbelliferae.
Special genera within the collections:
All conifers, Abelia, Arisaema, Astilbe, Berberis, Bergenia, Gentiana, Lonicera, Primula, Rhododendron, Ribes, Rodgersia
Special collections:
Scottish flora,
Cryptogamic garden,
Target 8 Species:
TARGET 8 PROJECT TAXON LIST   UK Red Data List 2005SAP lead partnerWELSH Red Data List 2008IRISH Red Data List 1987IRISH Red Data List 2005TARGET 8 PROJECT datasheetGarden(s)
Alchemilla glomerulans
B VU T8 RBG Edinburgh
Alchemilla wichurae
B EN T8 RBG Edinburgh
Calamagrostis scotica
Scottish Small-reed
B VU UKSAP
T8 RBG Edinburgh
Cerastium nigrescens
Arctic Mouse-ear
B EN UKSAP
T8 RBG Edinburgh
Erigeron borealis
Alpine Fleabane
B VU T8 Dundee BG
RBG Edinburgh
Euphrasia cambrica
B W VU UKSAP
EN T8 RBG Edinburgh
Euphrasia rivularis
B W VU UKSAP
EN T8 RBG Edinburgh
Euphrasia rotundifolia
B EN UKSAP
T8 RBG Edinburgh
Euphrasia vigursii
B EN UKSAP
T8 RBG Edinburgh
Gentianella campestris
Field Gentian
B W I VU EN prop T8 St.Andrews BG
RBG Edinburgh
RBG Logan
Gnaphalium sylvaticum
Heath Cudweed
B W I EN CR RE VU T8 RBG Edinburgh
Homogyne alpina
Purple Colt's-foot
B EN T8 Dundee BG
RBG Edinburgh
Lychnis alpina
Alpine Catchfly
B VU T8 Dundee BG
RBG Edinburgh
Lychnis viscaria
Sticky Catchfly
B W NT VU T8 Plantlife
RBG Edinburgh
Minuartia rubella
Mountain Sandwort
B VU T8 RBG Edinburgh
Oenanthe fistulosa
Tubular Water-dropwort
B W I VU T8 RBG Edinburgh
Oxytropis campestris
Yellow Oxytropis
B VU T8 RBG Edinburgh
Phyllodoce caerulea
Blue Heath
B VU T8 RBG Edinburgh
Sagina saginoides
Alpine Pearlwort
B EN T8 RBG Edinburgh
Salix lanata
Woolly Willow
B VU UKSAP
National Trust for Scotland
T8 RBG Edinburgh
Dundee BG
Woodsia ilvensis
Oblong Woodsia
B W EN UKSAP
CR T8 RBG Edinburgh
Dundee BG
Record Keeping:Kept since 1838
Computerised since 1968
Record System:BG-Base
Phenological records:Daily (2002); Weekly (2005); International Phenological Garden (2007); Rhododendron (2008); Poplar clones (2007)
Plant-collecting trips:International
Belize, Chile, China, Nepal
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 2,000,000 wild collected & cultivated specimens. Code E in Index Herbariorum
Library:75,000 items, 150,000 journal volumes, 40,000 slides, 100,000 archive items. Public access by appointment
Research facilities:General biological laboratories, molecuylar laboratories, cryopreservation, sub-cellular microscopy, seed banking, molecular
Publications:Garden catalogue, garden guides, List of publications available. Catalogue on Internet.
Edinburgh Journal of Botany,
The Botanics,
Sibbaldia
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic, public education, special courses. MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity of plants and Fungi. HND Horticulture with plantsmanship.
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:John Hope Gateway at West Gate with exhibitions, restaurant, gift shop and plant shop. Inverleith House Gallery and Terrace Café. East Gate Cafe
Access to the collections
Public access:Free to all outdoor areas of the gardens.
A charge for entry to all glasshouses
Visitors per year:750,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm summer, to 5pm spring and autumn, to 4pm in winter
Guiding principles behind the collection
To document, display and scientifically interpret global plant and fungal diversity, thereby enhancing our knowledge of plant biology, evolution, conservation, habitats and sustainable utilisation for the long-term benefit of humanity.
Numbers for the whole of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, including the other three sites of Dawyck Botanic Garden, Logan Botanic Garden, and Younger (Benmore) Botanic Garden.
– Families: 351
– Genera: 2,733
– Species: 13,754
– Taxa: 17,382
– Accessions: 34,695
– Plants: 68,621 (Plant records)
Location map
Location map

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