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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

United Kingdom - City of Edinburgh - Edinburgh

Institution Code: E

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

RBGE Temperate Palm House
RBGE Temperate Palm House

About the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a Non Departmental Public Body established under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985, principally funded by the Scottish Executive. It is also a registered charity, managed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by Ministers. Its mission is to “explore and explain the world of plants for a better future” and its primary functions are as a centre of scientific and horticultural excellence, keeper of the national collections and promoter of science in the public domain.

The four Gardens of RBGE - Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan - comprise the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland and are numbered among the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland, bringing together many inter-related cultural areas of activity.

Main Address:
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
City of Edinburgh EH3 5LR United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 (0)131 552 7171
Fax: 44 (0)131 248 2901
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Simon Milne
    Curator's Name: Dr. David Rae
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Robert Cubey
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 51
    Educational Staff Number: 10
    Research Staff Number: 80
    Administration Staff Number: 30

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: N
    Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1670
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: N
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 32 Hectares
  • Total Area: 32 Hectares
    Latitude: 55.965367
    Longitude: -3.209172
    Annual Rainfall: 637 mm
    Altitude: 20.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 150 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 500 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Benmore Botanic Garden Logan Botanic Garden Dawyck Botanic Garden

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 3000000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 5
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 800000
    Number of Volunteers: 30

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 25034
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 14846
  • Special Collections:Campanulaceae
    ZingiberaceaeThe International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), ad-hoc conservation collection in the collection (see publication Sibbaldia No.1 44-80)

    Plants for the UK Biodiversity action plans i.e. Woodsia ilvensis (Oblong Woodsia)

    Research collection for the taxonomic and systematics undertaken in the garden.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y