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General Subjects => Alpines => Topic started by: Maggi Young on August 01, 2012, 10:41:44 AM

Title: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on August 01, 2012, 10:41:44 AM
New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden: The SRGC was delighted to be able to make a donation towards the building of a new alpine house at RBG Edinburgh.
From the latest news report on the BBC website about this exciting development :
'A new £200,000 glass house for alpine plants is to be built at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The building, set to open to the public next spring, is the first in a British botanic garden dedicated to growing Alpine plants in limestone (tufa).

In the garden's present alpine house plants are in pots but in the new structure they will be in their natural rock face environment.

The move will help conservation of alpine plants across the world.

For 140 years the organisation has pioneered the growing of wild-collected alpines.

However, severe space restrictions mean the vast majority of plants held in Edinburgh have never been on public display.
Decline in habitats

John Mitchell, alpines supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, said: "Our existing alpine house was built in 1975 and demonstrates the traditional way of growing plants in clay pots.

"Now, we have an opportunity to show how alpine growing techniques have evolved in the last 30 years.

"The new structure will sit next to and complement the traditional house by showcasing the latest techniques in the cultivation and care of alpines.

"The tufa will form a natural rock face for the plants to grow, rather than traditional pots, and is proven to significantly improve the quality and survivability of plant material.

"This will allow us to grow a wider range of species that are in decline in habitats around the world."

Funding has come from the Scottish government, Biffa Award, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Scottish Rock Garden Club and Alpine Garden Society, as well as trusts and private donations'.

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I have copied the report above for the benefit of overseas readers who may not be able to access the link direct.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-19063530 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-19063530)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: admin on August 01, 2012, 06:07:24 PM
It's great that the SRGC has been able to help with the funding of this project.

I'll be down there next spring to check it out for sure.  :)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Lesley Cox on August 04, 2012, 10:22:47 PM
I wondered if they have ambitions to design boats for the super rich and are showing that they understand pointy ends..... ;).

No, we've got that industry sown up. ;D
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on August 31, 2012, 01:09:51 PM
Thought everyone might like to see the ground works for the new Alpine House and the roof in the factory. Neither are my images.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on August 31, 2012, 08:04:02 PM
Thanks Alan - crikey,  that roof  section looks to be sturdy, doesn't it?
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on September 01, 2012, 11:18:50 AM
Well alpines are delicate wee things after all!
The latest I heard was that its all due to be going up on the 10th. I'll take my camera and make sure I post some pics of the proceedings.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on September 18, 2012, 12:53:01 PM
The construction of the new RBGE Alpine house is underway and its a beast of a structure.

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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: ichristie on October 10, 2012, 05:02:32 PM
Hello Alan, good to see you this week, the Alpine house looks great can't wait for next stage plenty room for wee treasures within, cheers Ian the Christie kind.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: fermi de Sousa on October 11, 2012, 09:00:23 AM
We might have to plan a return vist to Edinburgh after the Czech RG Conference next May ;D
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on December 01, 2012, 02:12:50 PM
The building of the tufa wall  at the new alpine house is progressing well - the photo is from the RBGE's twitter pages
 
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Jiri Papousek on December 02, 2012, 09:58:17 PM
Thanks Maggi, nice to see the progress. Here are few pictures of Alpine house with tufa wall from BG in Tuebingen in Germany. I was there 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on December 02, 2012, 10:09:16 PM
That's impressive, Jiri.  The tufa looks good - but the Tübingen glasshouse is not a very exciting shape    :-\ ;)

I guess Michael Kammerlander was only interested in making a good alpine house for the plants - and who could blame him!
http://www.botgarten.uni-tuebingen.de/tiki/tiki-index.php?page=Alpinenhausbau (http://www.botgarten.uni-tuebingen.de/tiki/tiki-index.php?page=Alpinenhausbau)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: David Nicholson on December 03, 2012, 08:27:46 AM
............ - but the Tübingen glasshouse is not a very exciting shape........................................

No points yer see, you gotta have points these days ;D
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on December 12, 2012, 02:14:50 PM
From the latest "Botanics" magazine ....
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on December 18, 2012, 01:39:08 PM
Afternoon from a dreich RBGE. Thought I'd post a couple more shots of the tufa wall progress after a wee procrastination walk.

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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Dionysia on December 18, 2012, 05:57:21 PM
Although the Tuebingen alpine house may not be an exciting shape they are getting good results which is surely the most important thing. Brigitte Fiebig and her team visited Gill and I , Eric Jarrett, Nigel Fuller and Hans Kaupert last spring. They are building a collection of dionysias of known wild origin and came to collect some plants and take cuttings. They have had excellent rooting results and I know Michael Kammerlander was pleased with their progress when he visited them a few weeks ago. As an added bonus they have sent some seed collected from their plants as they are not interested in garden pollinated seed.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on December 18, 2012, 06:27:49 PM
Although the Tuebingen alpine house may not be an exciting shape they are getting good results which is surely the most important thing. Brigitte Fiebig and her team visited Gill and I , Eric Jarrett, Nigel Fuller and Hans Kaupert last spring. They are building a collection of dionysias of known wild origin and came to collect some plants and take cuttings. They have had excellent rooting results and I know Michael Kammerlander was pleased with their progress when he visited them a few weeks ago. As an added bonus they have sent some seed collected from their plants as they are not interested in garden pollinated seed.

Of course you are right, Paul - it is how the structure works as a plant-house that matters. Very good that the Tuebingen team is getting this help from you guys- reminds me of the relationship of several Scots with Gothenburg in their early days. So much good can come - in both directions - from such co-operations.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: ronm on December 18, 2012, 06:46:42 PM
I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere on the Forum, but don't ( at least ) some of the so called publicly owned Botanic Gardens say that they are not allowed to disseminate plant material?? ???
In these days of such Institutions begging for money from anywhere ( as opposed to running a self financing business ), I still think it would make sense for them to become more sustainable by playing to their strengths, i.e. exploiting their ability to grow material to excess. Instead of a direct sales policy ( which I believe is the problem ), maybe a subscription to the charity they represent ( or however they have veiled themselves ) allowing subscribers access to treasured material, along the lines of subscriptions to seed / plant collecting trips in the past.
Let us face it, rumours of preferential 'sneaking' out of material and / or 'black market' dealing in rarities has been rife for many years. This is not meant to be directed particularly at this particular botanic garden, but an attempt to seek from knowledgeable Forumists what exactly is the position regarding wild collected material and Botanic gardens?
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Lesley Cox on December 18, 2012, 08:44:58 PM
This is the case with, e.g. the Dunedin Botanic Gardens here in NZ. They are not allowed to distribute either seeds or plants which they've received in the first instance from other similar institutions. This is a great shame as many rare things are grown and if lost there.....?

I have sold but also given many plants to the DBG, mostly alpines, and when I asked for a cutting of one recently, to replace what I'd lost, was told of this policy. I pointed out that their plants had come from me in the first place but either they didn't believe me or their records were in error because I still was unable to be given a cutting.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on December 18, 2012, 09:27:47 PM
The rule for many Botanic Gardens is that they will not disseminate material from plants of wild origin. This is to comply ( theoretically) with the desire of many countries, not to have "foreigners" benefitting financially from their natural resources and the fear is that material getting "out" into the wider world may be used for commercial gain.  This takes little account of the capacity of  expert amateurs to grow plants that could take the strain off wild populations. Neither does it take account of the service so many of amateurs growers have done for Botanic Gardens in sharing material, such as has been written of above- and of replacing rare plants when botanivc gardens have managed to  lose them .... it seems that Tuebingen has behaved very sensibly in sharing seed of plants that is of garden origin- not important to them from their strict provencance/wild origin rules, but very useful for gardeners!

There are instances, it must be said, of slavish and somewhat nonsensical adherence to "rules" which actually have fairly narrow applications - perhaps they just find that easier!
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on December 19, 2012, 10:18:01 AM
I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere on the Forum, but don't ( at least ) some of the so called publicly owned Botanic Gardens say that they are not allowed to disseminate plant material?? ???

Publicly owned is the key thing here. Governments sign up to treaties and conventions like the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Publicly owned Botanic Gardens are therefore constrained by the laws the country signed up to. Private individuals and companies are also subject to the same laws but it is harder to enforce so they get away with it. Yes the CBD was primarily set up to stop explotation of biological resources that are worth huge sums of money to drugs companies and valuable resources like timber but Horticulture however small fish it is in comparisonis percieved by developing countries as a source of income especially when they hear about how many millions its worth to our economy. The CBD was ment to be about giving back to the country of origin, training, education, capacity building, cheap medicines etc. But people want cold hard cash its as simple as that.

It is increasingly difficult to work or gain permits to even study plants without collecting in certain areas of the world - particularly vocal latin and south American countries and India for example . If Botanic Gardens are seen to be using thier position for even a percieved financial benifit those countries will flat refuse to permit any access to their plants or collections etc for legitimate rsearch purposes for fear of losing out finincially and then who benifits?  If our government had not signed the CBD we would be in the position of botanic gardens/research institutes who do not get any sort of offical access to where they want to collect or do research because their Governement have not signed the CBD. We've has been audited in the past by countries wanting to know what collections from their country we hold, who had been given access, and where material went. Suffice to say they werent happy.

Think of the flipside. You'd expect a national outcry if bus loads of the "chinese alpine garden society" tourists went to Sutherland and helped themselves to a Primula scotica or Turkish nurserymen came helped themselves and commercialised it to the detriment of the wild populations.

The world has changed significantly since the good-old day of the famous collection trips. People need to move on and help find a happy medium where they can get access to plants from countries without being seen to helping themselves. Like supporting initiatives such as in-country cultivation of plants that can them be exported so everyone gets what they want - this is already happening with at least one nursery who exported tens of thousands of bulbous plants from India that were grown on in the country before exported to the UK - they even put plants back into the wild populations they took their inital stock from. Thats almost verging on a Christmas miracle.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Tim Ingram on December 20, 2012, 09:51:00 AM
There is a little piece about this in the latest 'Plantsman' (Plant Hunters Convene). Individually those who have a great interest in plants, from whatever perspective, tend to have similar views, but collectively we seem to diverge. What can be said is that many people who collect seed and plants from the wild make close and significant links with local people (eg: Chris Chadwell and Stella and David Rankin) and that must be a very valuable thing in increasing awareness about the diversity and value that plants have, both commercially and aesthetically.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: ChrisB on April 20, 2013, 01:14:27 PM
Our group were treated to a guided tour of the rock garden and the alpine houses on Thursday.  Thought you might like to see how the new one is progressing.  Also just a few shots I took on our tour....

I was most impressed with the Narcissus cyclamineus which is seeding everywhere...
Also, Hacquetia; Adonis and Pulsatilla... 

Very windy day so it was hard to take photos.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: ChrisB on April 20, 2013, 06:50:54 PM
here is the narcissus pic.......
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: krisderaeymaeker on April 20, 2013, 10:06:07 PM
Our group were treated to a guided tour of the rock garden and the alpine houses on Thursday.  Thought you might like to see how the new one is progressing.  Also just a few shots I took on our tour....
I was most impressed with the Narcissus cyclamineus which is seeding everywhere...
Also, Hacquetia; Adonis and Pulsatilla... 
Very windy day so it was hard to take photos.

Now we get an impression Chris , thanks to share your pictures. Actually , this afternoon we where discussing this project in Utrecht. It was my friend Ger who mentioned it .....He was in Edinburgh for lectures las month ...   
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: ChrisB on April 20, 2013, 10:52:11 PM
Holes have been drilled into the tufa rock and before we left they were putting soil into some of the outside ones.  There is soil behind the rock wall and although you can't see it, there is a special netting in front of the wall as well as the glass overhang, but lots of air movement is going to happen all the time.  Brilliant idea and its coming together nicely.  We got to see the plant plugs that are ready to be planted as soon as the holes are filled, but it will take a long time, more than a thousand plants to go in it.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on June 14, 2013, 12:04:37 PM
A good friend of the SRGC, Elisabeth Zander of Connecticut, attended an SRGC "viewing" of the new  RBGE alpine house and tufa wall this week. Elisabeth was kind enough to send me some photos.....

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the unveiling

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the dedication plaque of the new house

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John Mitchell  of RBGE and SRGC - explains  how the hundreds of  holes drilled in the tufa  are planted

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Gesneriads, including Jankaea heldreichii
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on June 14, 2013, 12:19:16 PM
Further photos from Elisabeth:

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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: David Nicholson on June 14, 2013, 07:26:57 PM
Looking good
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Philippe on June 14, 2013, 08:58:51 PM
I was only once in Edinburgh, for 20 years, but this was at a time I didn't have much interest for plants, and sure none for alpines which I didn't even know. Would be time to think about a little trip to Scotland again. The pics of the new alpine house really make me think that I must absolutely visit the garden too in Edinburgh, and spend then some days in the Highlands after that!
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on June 14, 2013, 09:17:13 PM
Philippe, 20 years is too long - you must visit Scotland again!

Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on June 14, 2013, 09:17:46 PM
Elisabeth has kindly sent another photo of the new alpine house ...[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Brian Ellis on June 14, 2013, 10:31:13 PM
Wow, thanks to Elisabeth and Maggi.  I feel the urge to travel North again!
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Tim Ingram on June 15, 2013, 12:23:06 PM
If I am not too cheeky - here is the New Alpine House in our garden partway through construction. It has the advantage that it can be dismantled easily and put up anywhere! Seriously the Edinburgh House looks very dramatic but I can't say very elegant - but I would also love to come and see the planting, and the re-made peat bed areas. Are alpine houses now forms of sculpture? And will this filter down to our private gardens - could be fun.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on June 17, 2013, 04:17:24 PM
It may have already been unfairly christened "the bus shelter".
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on June 17, 2013, 04:27:22 PM
It may have already been unfairly christened "the bus shelter".
Cruel - understandable, but cruel!

 See this pic of a great colour form of Primula tangutica from Alan via the RBGE twitter feed :
https://twitter.com/alan_elliott/status/344746051246379008/photo/1
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Mark Griffiths on July 04, 2013, 11:50:30 PM
looks pretty fab.

The one in Edinburgh looks quite nice too  ;D

(seriously I hope we will get some more pics when the plants are a little more established in those tufa boulders)

Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Tony Willis on July 05, 2013, 12:31:51 AM
The tufa wall is fabulous and given time should look striking as the plants develop,as to the building it is difficult to find words that are polite to describe it.I am a fan of modern architecture but this piece seems totally unsympathetic to it's surroundings.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Stan da Prato on August 11, 2013, 05:27:02 PM
Today the Borders group of the SRGC visited the Botanics to see the new house and  enjoy  a guided tour led by Ron McBeath.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Stan da Prato on August 11, 2013, 05:30:14 PM
some more
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on August 11, 2013, 06:21:48 PM
Dryer there than here, it seems- lucky Borderers to have avoided the rain showers for their visit  :) .... and to have Ron for a guide!!

Campanula fragilis in  picture RBGEvisitRon 07 is already settling in nicely to its new home.  That bodes well, eh?

Thanks, Stan :)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: fermi de Sousa on August 12, 2013, 06:34:01 AM
Thanks for posting those pics, Stan.
We'll definitely have to put it on the itinerary for our next visit to the UK :)
Probably give it another year or so to mature, though ;)
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 03, 2014, 10:48:32 PM
Nice to know that things are still looking good in the "old" alpine house at RBGE - pix via Alan E.

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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 03, 2014, 11:05:34 PM
Again via Alan :
 Gymnospermium albertii  -  one of the more unlikely members of the Berberidaceae  ;)
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 04, 2014, 02:10:53 PM
More from Al E. on RBGE alpines.....

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Dionysia curviflora x tapetodes

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Crocus etruscus 'Zwanenburg' opening "behind the scenes"
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 05, 2014, 11:48:35 AM
If only I had a PA for all my IT related tasks. Maggie fancy running come climate or phylogenetic analyses for me?
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 05, 2014, 12:36:37 PM
Al, I doubt I would recognise a phylogenetic analysis if it fell on my plate of cake!   ::)

Happy to post your photos though, to keep members up to date.  ;)

My best wishes, by the way, for all your PHD work!  8)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Tim Ingram on February 05, 2014, 12:41:47 PM
I really wish we weren't at the opposite end of the country! I would be visiting EBG at every opportunity otherwise - beautiful display. I think Maggi is already running IT for many of us - can there be a better plant related Forum anywhere? I get more out of it every day.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: angie on February 05, 2014, 12:52:26 PM
Maggi thanks for posting the pictures of the alpine plants in the old alpine house, really lovely. Just cheers you up on a miserable day.

Tim I wish I was at your side of the country I would never be away fro Wisely and all the other wonderful gardens.

Angie  :)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Ian Y on February 05, 2014, 01:07:23 PM
I would just like to remind all those who use/prefer using mobile devices that you can now access our forum using Tapatalk, as I am right now on my iPad.
This free app makes posting text or pictures from smartphones etc as easy as uploading them Via Facebook  or Twitter.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 05, 2014, 01:12:46 PM
Al, I doubt I would recognise a phylogenetic analysis if it fell on my plate of cake!   ::)

Happy to post your photos though, to keep members up to date.  ;)

My best wishes, by the way, for all your PHD work!  8)

Cheers. I had half thought and have again recently about doing a thread about my project as its so Himalayan in focusb but maybe try to not to scare people.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 05, 2014, 01:15:59 PM
There is tremendous interest in Himalayan plants - so I would have thought that your idea would be very well received, Al.
Plenty room for a thread for you in the forum !  8)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 07, 2014, 02:16:13 PM
Call it guilt or whatever but to save maggie doing it. Currently looking good at the Botanics in Edinburgh

Primula allionii 'Anne Griffith'
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Primula allionii 'Crowsley Variety'
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Primula allionii fairly recently collected by John Mitchell and Harry Jans in the French Alps
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 07, 2014, 02:20:38 PM
More from the Botanics in Edinburgh mostly from the Alpine house but a few things from through the back

Crocus sieberi
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Crocus sieberi 'Albus'
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Crocus corsicus
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Crocus biflorus pulchricolor
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Crocus anatalyensis
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 07, 2014, 02:24:02 PM
Corydalis schanginii ssp ainae from Kazakhstan
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Corydalis wendelboi from Turkey
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Fritillaria stenanthera again from Kazakhstan
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Ian Y on February 07, 2014, 02:28:41 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share your pictures from RBGE with us Alan
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 07, 2014, 02:35:05 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share your pictures from RBGE with us Alan

No probs Ian.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 07, 2014, 02:35:26 PM
Narcissus romieuxii ssp. romieuxii Jim Archibald #805 collected in Morroco 1966
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Anyone who saw Great British Garden Rival these are the Iris reticulata Carol Klein potted up in the program doing well.
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And the final one Rhododendron 'Harry Tagg' currently flowering and making part of the research block in glass smell nice
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 07, 2014, 03:14:42 PM
It may be just wishful thinking, but I could swear I got a whiff of that Rhodo just now........ delicious!
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: johnw on February 07, 2014, 10:57:23 PM
Is this a Madennia house at RBGE?  If so Davidian would be delighted.

johnw about to sneeze.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on February 08, 2014, 10:36:55 AM
Is this a Madennia house at RBGE?  If so Davidian would be delighted.

johnw about to sneeze.

Its not a big collection but yes there are a few in that backup house - mostly old collections by Kingdon-ward, R.E. Cooper and the likes. These tender rhodos are housed seperately from the Vireya collection.
I think most of everything in that house is also on public display in the Montane tropics. We sent a bunch of recently propagated material down to Logan as its the mildest of our gardens to see how they do outside down there.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on February 17, 2014, 07:56:29 PM
See Al E's  photos on the RBGE facebook page to see a selection of plants from the Alpine Section today : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.750047408338938.1073741888.112856778724674&type=1&l=8ee07ef68e (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.750047408338938.1073741888.112856778724674&type=1&l=8ee07ef68e)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Chris Johnson on February 17, 2014, 08:19:55 PM
Brilliant.

It's very much appreciated when members take images of these collections for all to enjoy, especially those far flung who cannot attend.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 10, 2014, 08:06:54 PM
From Al Elliott: Behind the scenes TheBotanics alpine yard looks great just now. Too much for the Alpine house to display

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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 10, 2014, 08:08:53 PM
Again from Al: Dionysia curviflora behind the scenes at The Botanics looking like a 'hungry hippo'
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Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: alanelliott on March 11, 2014, 10:06:33 AM
Thanks Maggie.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 11, 2014, 11:09:22 AM
Thanks Maggie.
Thanks to you  for taking the photos, Al!  :D
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 11, 2014, 09:55:07 PM
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Al's photo from today:
Primula allionii in profusion
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Botanica on March 12, 2014, 09:43:32 AM
This botanic garden it's a dream for me ...
Plants are incredible with thousand flowers !!
Thank's for sharing !
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Lesley Cox on March 12, 2014, 10:29:45 AM
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Al's photo from today:
Primula allionii in profusion

Oh gosh!
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 12, 2014, 12:44:59 PM
Two  "modern apprenticeships" are  on offer from RBGE : http://www.apprenticeshipsinscotland.com/job/3751/modern-apprenticeship-in-horticulture-at-the-royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh/ (http://www.apprenticeshipsinscotland.com/job/3751/modern-apprenticeship-in-horticulture-at-the-royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh/)

"Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture

2 Year Fixed Term Contract
Location: Edinburgh
Starting Salary: £5,853 (£112 per week)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is currently looking to recruit two Modern Apprentices to work and train within the garden in Edinburgh.

Successful applicants will be offered an initial 2 year Modern Apprenticeship in which time they will attend Oatridge College on day release basis to work towards an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.  As part of their 2-year work placement at RBGE, the successful candidates will undertake rotational placements in all areas of the garden including; arboriculture, alpine, glasshouses, herbaceous, lawns and nursery.

Successful candidates will also receive 25 days of annual leave, a protective clothing allowance and will be given the opportunity to participate on selected elements of other RBGE professional courses including visits and study tours.  At the end of the 2 years, the successful applicants may also have the opportunity to extend their apprenticeship and go on to undertake an SVQ Level 3 horticultural qualification. As this is a Modern Apprenticeship scheme, applicants must be aged between 16 and 19 years old.

To get an application pack, please contact 0131 248 2980 and leave your name and home address and quote “Apprenticeships in Scotland” or alternatively send an e-mail using the “Apply Now” button below detailing your name and home address and a pack will be sent out to you.

Completed applications must be returned to:
HR Team,
20a Inverleith Row,
Edinburgh,
EH3 5LR

by 5pm on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. An assessment day will be carried out on 3 June 2014.  "
Title: Modern apprenticeships at Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 12, 2014, 04:30:08 PM
Alternative link for Modern Apprenticeship applications :
http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies#vacancy5 (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies#vacancy5)


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    Membership Manager (Maternity Cover)
    Scottish Plant Conservation Officer
    Casual (Fee Paid) Schools Education Tutors
    On-Line Learning Co-ordinator (Initial 1 Year Fixed term Appointment)
    Modern Apprenticeship in Amenity Horticulture (2 Year Fixed Term Appointment
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Membership Manager (Maternity Cover)
Fixed-term appointment, based in Edinburgh
Starting Salary £25,690 (Band D)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has an opportunity for an experienced Membership Manager to join our Membership and Development Team. This role is for a fixed-term period of 13 months.

This is a highly target driven post and the successful applicant will be tasked with successfully developing and growing membership income across all categories to achieve annual targets. The post holder will be expected to manage an efficient and effective membership programme and encourage the promotion of membership across all four Gardens.

Full details of the post including a job description and person specification can be found on this page. Although ideally full-time, applications on a part-time basis could be considered for exceptional candidates.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire, to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 9am on Thursday 13 March. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of this date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

Interviews will be held on Friday 21 March, with an anticipated start date of Tuesday 22 April.
Scottish Plant Conservation Officer
Permanent, full-time based in Edinburgh
Starting Salary £25,690 (Band D)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the world's leading research orientated Botanic Gardens, and is located in a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its scientific innovation and cultural interest.

We are seeking to employ a Scottish Plant Conservation Officer to:

    Provide expertise and deliver information on Scotland’s plant biodiversity to underpin conservation programmes
    Be involved in collaborative flagship conservation projects, with a clear focus on ‘making a difference’
    Provide training in plant identification, surveying/monitoring and specimen collection
    Generate income from consultancy and grant proposals.

Applicants should be educated to PhD level or have equivalent experience in biodiversity science/conservation biology/plant ecology. The successful applicant will have a good knowledge of the Scottish/UK flora and an understanding of contemporary conservation issues in Scotland. Experience of field work, excellent communication skills, and the ability to write concisely and clearly are also required.

A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page. Further details of RBGE’s science and conservation activities can be obtained from www.rbge.org.uk/science (http://www.rbge.org.uk/science). Informal enquiries about this post can be directed to Dr Antje Ahrends, Head of Genetics and Conservation (a.ahrends@rbge.org.uk).

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to recruitment@rbge.org.uk or to the HR department, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR by 5pm GMT on Friday, 4 April 2014.

If you have not heard from us by the 30 April 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.
Casual (Fee Paid) Schools Education Tutors
£40 per half day or £80 per full day session

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is looking for part-time education tutors to deliver and develop schools programmes at RBGE. We are looking for tutors to deliver half or full day practical educational programmes for school classes from P1 to P7 and/or S2 to S5. Our current schools programme can be viewed online http://www.rbge.org.uk/education/schools (http://www.rbge.org.uk/education/schools)

We are looking for experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic individuals, with a teaching qualification and excellent communication skills. botanical, horticultural qualifications would be an advantage, but are not essential.

Informal enquiries can be made to Susie Kelpie (Education Officer) either by telephone 0131 248 2970 or e-mail s.kelpie@rbge.org.uk.

If you have a passion for plants and are interested in sharing your skills and becoming part of the education team at one of the world’s most inspirational botanic gardens, please submit your CV with a covering letter, the names and addresses of two referees as well as a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to recruitment@rbge.org.uk or to the HR department, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LRby 21 March 2014

No recruitment agencies please.

 
On-Line Learning Co-ordinator (Initial 1 Year Fixed Term Appointment)
Full-time based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Starting salary £25,690

We launched PropagateLearning, our new virtual learning environment (VLE) in 2013, to enhance development and delivery of our remote and blended learning courses (www.propagatelearning.net (http://www.propagatelearning.net)).

Our aim is for PropagateLearning to become THE best on-line learning platform for horticulture & plant sciences and we are looking for a motivated and innovative individual to join our team. The key aspects of the role are to coordinate the further development of the VLE, support our tutors and create dynamic on-line content. While this post is based within our Learning team, there may also be a requirement to develop content for other departmental areas. The post is initially for one year, but the aim is to make it sustainable and this is an exciting opportunity to help us achieve our vision.

Applicants should have previous experience with virtual learning environment course design, management and content creation. You’ll need to be familiar with Moodle, Blackboard or similar online learning environment CMS, as well as the use of HTML plugins and experience of their “best use” in learning. A good understanding of current social media in learning communications would also be useful, as would HTML/JavaScript authoring, and a good general understanding of what makes an effective learning course.

Full details of the post, including a job description and person specification can be found on this page.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post, as well as telling us where you saw the post advertised. You should also complete and return an equal opportunities questionnaire and send everything to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by midday on Friday 21st March 2014.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.
Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture
2 Year Fixed Term Contract, based in Edinburgh
Starting Salary £5,853 (£112 per week)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is currently looking to recruit two Modern Apprentices to work and train within the garden in Edinburgh.

Successful applicants will be offered an initial 2 year Modern Apprenticeship in which time they will attend Oatridge College on day release basis to work towards an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.  As part of their 2-year work placement at RBGE, the successful candidates will undertake rotational placements in all areas of the garden including; arboriculture, alpine, glasshouses, herbaceous, lawns and nursery.

Successful candidates will also receive 25 days of annual leave, a protective clothing allowance and will be given the opportunity to participate on selected elements of other RBGE professional courses including visits and study tours.  At the end of the 2 years, the successful applicants may also have the opportunity to extend their apprenticeship and go on to undertake an SVQ Level 3 horticultural qualification. As this is a Modern Apprenticeship scheme, applicants must be aged between 16 and 19 years old.

To get an application pack, please contact 0131 248 2980 and leave your name and home address or alternatively send an e-mail to apprenticeship@rbge.org.uk detailing your name and home address and a pack will be sent out to you.  Completed applications must be returned to the HR Team, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR by 5pm on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. An assessment day will be carried out on 3 June 2014.
Title: Courses at Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 12, 2014, 04:36:42 PM
Courses at  Edinburgh Botanic Garden : http://www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/Education/professional_courses/RBGE%20Professional%20Course%20Prospectus%2014-15.pdf (http://www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/Education/professional_courses/RBGE%20Professional%20Course%20Prospectus%2014-15.pdf)

ALSO: More apprenticeships still available from Myerscough College : http://www.myerscough.ac.uk/?page=workbased-apprenticeship-vacancies (http://www.myerscough.ac.uk/?page=workbased-apprenticeship-vacancies)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 14, 2014, 06:24:36 PM
Today's photos from Al Elliott

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in the "old" alpine house

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Iris aucheri 'Olof'- named by  Gothenburg Botanic Garden
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Matt T on March 14, 2014, 06:42:55 PM
Oh WOW! The "old" alpine house is still my favourite part of RBGE.
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Arie.v on March 15, 2014, 02:14:06 AM
We are booked for the discussion weekend in October, and arriving in Edinburgh on the 28 of September we will be visiting the RBGE for sure, as we had John Mitchell at our place for dinner during his visit to our Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society it has been a dream, and is coming true.
I also received the first time attendee grant, so more money to spent for our trip.
So keep posting those pictures Maggi. as my mouth is watering with every picture I see. :)
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: Maggi Young on March 15, 2014, 11:29:21 AM
Arie, congratulations of being awarded the DWE bursary- it will be great to see you and Lee again, this time in Scotland.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 17, 2014, 06:05:01 PM
News from the RBGE : http://www.rbge.org.uk/ (http://www.rbge.org.uk/)
"The world’s biggest begonia! RBGE scientists over in Sao Tome (Island in the Atlantic)have found the extraordinary plant Begonia baccata."

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and "Reach down & appreciate the odour of Scoliopus bigelovii.Generally referred as 'malodorous', we couldn’t agree more! "

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 17, 2014, 06:37:01 PM
Belated congratulations to Dr David Rae,  Director of Horticulture/Learning of the RBGE on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)  : http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/royal-society-makes-david-rae-its-horticultural-first (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/royal-society-makes-david-rae-its-horticultural-first)

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Dr David Rae


Title: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - new gesneriads found
Post by: Maggi Young on March 20, 2014, 02:11:16 PM
http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/new-plant-discovery-doffs-cap-to-20th-century-greats (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/new-plant-discovery-doffs-cap-to-20th-century-greats)

New plant discovery doffs cap to 20th century greats - click here to see original piece (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/new-plant-discovery-doffs-cap-to-20th-century-greats)

Quote
Scientists in the UK collaborating with colleagues in Vietnam have made the rare discovery of a previously unknown plant group or “genus” and, within it, five species of delicate flowers that are all new to science. Even more remarkably one of these specimens was collected in 1933 but has only now been classified and scientifically described at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Now, the new genus has been named in honour of two of the 20th century’s most prolific botanists.

All the specimens are grouped as part of Gesneriaceae - the African violet family –  and were collected over the years in a little-studied area of southern Vietnam. They then lay, without their importance being recognised, in herbaria - repositories of preserved and labelled plant specimens - until RBGE-based scientists were able to examine the collections in more detail, incorporate evidence from molecular data, and prove without doubt that they represented a brand new group of plants within the wider family.

The new genus has been named Billolivia in honour of two of the most prolific botanists of the 20th Century, the late Brian Laurence Burtt - known as Bill - and Olive Hilliard, both of whom were based at RBGE and specialised in the research of the African violet family. Between them, Burtt and Hilliard described hundreds of new species.

Paying tribute to the international collaboration behind this latest research, RBGE Director of Science, Professor Pete Hollingsworth, underscored the need for continued taxonomic advancements: “Discovering new species is important. But, finding entirely new genera is particularly exciting. The Gesneriaceae family contains many indicator species for intact ecosystems which are useful for setting conservation priorities. Many species are also of horticultural interest,” he said.

“The rate of habitat destruction in the tropics is proceeding at an unprecedented rate and one of these new species has already been designated as ‘Critically Endangered’. This is a race against time to discover and understand the world’s biodiversity before it is lost: knowing what species exist – and where they occur – is a pre-requisite to conserving them. This work could not have been done without strong collaborative links with botanists and collectors in Vietnam working closely with the team in Edinburgh.”

Part of the flora of Vietnam and its neighbours, Cambodia and Laos, is being written in Edinburgh and this research is an important contribution to an understanding of plant diversity in this high biodiversity region.

Photo from RBGE twitter:
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 20, 2014, 02:16:43 PM
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Regius Keeper, Simon Milne, MBE

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New Regius Keeper's Message : http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/regius-keepers-message (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/regius-keepers-message)

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: jomowi on March 20, 2014, 09:50:55 PM
Delighted to see that the new gesneriad is to be named after Bill Burtt and Olive Hilliard.  I took one look at the picture before reading the text and thought ‘Gesneriad’.  With our interest in the alpine and temperate members of the family, Brian and I had a lot of contact with Bill Burtt over the years.  One of our visits to him took place at RBGE on a Sunday morning when 'Alpines 2001' was in progress.  He proudly told us that it was 50 years to the day that he started work at RBGE. He was discovering and naming plants before I was born!  He was a lovely gentleman.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 21, 2014, 07:40:19 PM
Some  other new plants recently described ........

A new species of Didymocarpus (Gesneriaceae) from Yunnan, China in the Nordic Journal of

9 February 2014
Li, Jia-Mei

Didymocarpus tonghaiensis J.M Li& F.S.Wang from Yunnan, China, is illustrated and is described here. It is morphologically similar to D. stenanthos C. B. Clarke, but differs by having peduncle densely glandular, calyx 5-lobed free to the base, larger corolla, anther with white woolly hairs and capsule with dense glandular hairs.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00105.x/abstract (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00105.x/abstract)

Primulina jianghuaensis sp. nov. (Gesneriaceae) from a limestone cave in southern Hunan, China (pages 70–74)

Xiu-Zhen Cai, Ren-Yuan Yi, Lei Zhou, Ren-Ping Kuang and Ke-Ming Liu

Article first published online: 22 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00260.x
There is free access to this content:   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00260.x/full (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00260.x/full)

Dionysia assadii, found at 3154m in s Iran

Dionysia assadii sp. nov. (Primulaceae: sect. Dionysiopsis) from southern Iran

Published online:
20 March 2014

A. Borjian, E. Deylami, A. F. Dousti

The new species Dionysia assadii (Primulaceae) from the Irano–Turanian region in Fars province, Iran, is described and illustrated. It is compared with its closest relative Dionysia esfandiarii Wendelbo and differs from it in leaf shape, leaf margin, hair density of leaves and other organs, shape of calyx and bracts, color of corolla and status of lobes, form and color of seeds, as well as the length of anthers and style in longistylous flowers.
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291756-1051/earlyview (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291756-1051/earlyview) - more pictures

- well worth checking the site http://www.nordicjbotany.org/ (http://www.nordicjbotany.org/) - and links to Wiley online to see which articles have free access.  :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2014, 04:12:47 PM
Some recent photos from Alan Elliot at the RBGE
Pulsatilla turczaninovii   x 2
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2014, 04:14:10 PM
From the RBGE

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Dionysia on March 26, 2014, 07:57:49 PM
A new Dionysia!! Just when I thought I'd finished rewriting the Dionysia section of the  AGS on-line encyclopaedia this pops up. Suppose it was only a matter of time before a new one was discovered; better get it added.
Paul
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2014, 08:01:07 PM
Just when you thought you had time for a cuppa, eh, Paul?
Good to hear that you are working  on such updates, there are quite a few "holes" in some areas.

Nice looking plant, the new one, I think.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Dionysia on March 26, 2014, 08:06:50 PM
Certainly does look desirable but will it ever become available? D. esfandiarii is one of the more difficult to flower well, perhaps this will be more reliable. We'll just have to be patient.
Paul
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2014, 08:33:13 PM
Probably it may never be available, Paul, or growable!  But it interesting to see what's new - good to have such surprises and see photos of the plant in situ.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2014, 09:33:11 PM
Tweet this evening from Rachel de Thame - from Gardeners' World  TV programme :
Rachel de Thame ‏@RacheldeThame

"Heading home after an inspirational day filming alpines for #GardenersWorld @TheBotanics Edinburgh Huge thanks to John Mitchell and the team"

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 08, 2014, 04:54:21 PM
From Alan E. today :

 An Adonis with provisional ID of Adonis sibirica collected in the Russian Altay on a Botanics Expedition.
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The Tulipa plunge bed behind the scenes in Alpine Dept at  the Botanics is amazing. Mass of red is Tulipa praestans
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 08, 2014, 04:58:00 PM
Diane Clement speaking at RBGE tonight 8th April for Edinburgh SRGC Group.

“Hepaticas, a growing obsession”

A talk on the identification and growing of these spectacular plants.
1930hrs Conference Room, RBGE
Title: Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
Post by: mark smyth on April 08, 2014, 05:36:53 PM
Today's photos from Al Elliott

Frit imperialis in a pot in the sand plunge!?
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 08, 2014, 05:42:50 PM
They grow a huge range in pots for the changing displays in the alpine house and so that they have enough to take for the various displays, such as those put on at SRGC shows.  Some will be used to add to the display in the alpine house when in flower. There will be plants growing outside in the garden somewhere too, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 22, 2014, 06:12:04 PM
Alan's been taking photos again........

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Alpine house looking as good as it did in January

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Cushions of Draba - oldest one is older than Al!

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Endangered Primula palinuri from Italy - growing at the Botanis since 1977

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Primula rusbyi from mountains of New Mexco and Arizona, flowering behind the scenes at the Botanics
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on April 23, 2014, 08:51:21 AM
Alan's been taking photos again........

...beats doing science.

Thanks Maggi for posting for me. When I get round to getting a new phone I'll get the forum app.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 23, 2014, 11:16:57 AM
Happy to help, Al - I'm pleased to see that you are getting at least some fresh air during the day!

(PS my phone doesn't  even have a camera - it can just about do phone calls and texts ::) )
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ielaba2011 on April 26, 2014, 04:51:04 PM
Alan's been taking photos again........

Alpine house looking as good as it did in January

Cushions of Draba - oldest one is older than Al!
Endangered Primula palinuri from Italy - growing at the Botanis since 1977

Primula rusbyi from mountains of New Mexco and Arizona, flowering behind the scenes at the Botanics

My god.. that first photo...really inspiring. Makes you want your own alpine house :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 02, 2014, 11:39:27 AM
News from the RBGE - and something worht keeping an eye on........
First blog on the Expedition to Tajikistan  http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11325 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11325)

"Two horticultural staff from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Mitchell  (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/author/jmitchell)Alpine Supervisor and team leader with Richard Brown have been joined by a member of staff from the Royal Botanic Garden Kew Kit Strange (http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/research-data/science-directory/people/strange-kit) are heading off on an expedition to Tajikistan at the end of April 2014.They have teamed up with Khorugh Biological Institute which is in south Tajikistan and plan to explore the wet and dry habitats on either side of the Pamir mountain range. This is a great opportunity to explore this part of the world as RBGE has very little material from this area. Our aim is to post a report of our travels if we can get internet access over the month’s expedition to give an insight to life in the field and sharing with you images of plants found growing in the wild."

No word whether John and Kit will be travelling by motorbike - they both do so in the UK!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 07, 2014, 09:54:50 PM
John Mitchell, RBGE employee and Edinburgh SRGC Group convenor  has been tweeting  (https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE)about the trip to Tajikistan ....

First look at Dushanbe botanic gardens ring of flowers
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First look at Dushanbe botanic gardens ring of flowers
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John Mitchell
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Steve Garvie on May 07, 2014, 09:59:39 PM
Great images!
Does the car wash do a wax and polish?
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 07, 2014, 10:05:45 PM
Great images!
Does the car wash do a wax and polish?

Suspect that costs extra, Steve, and of course Johnny is a frugal Scot............ :-X
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 11, 2014, 04:07:21 PM
More tweets from Johnny Mitchell   (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/author/jmitchell)in Tajikistan
Primula warshenewskiana in Wakhan corridor Tajik side
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Pressing herbarium material on river Panj Wakhan corridor Tajik side
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Eremurus by river panj Wakhan valley
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 16, 2014, 01:53:45 PM
News from the RBGE - and something worht keeping an eye on........
First blog on the Expedition to Tajikistan  http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11325 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11325)

"Two horticultural staff from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Mitchell  (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/author/jmitchell)Alpine Supervisor and team leader with Richard Brown have been joined by a member of staff from the Royal Botanic Garden Kew Kit Strange (http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/research-data/science-directory/people/strange-kit) are heading off on an expedition to Tajikistan at the end of April 2014.

 While Kit is botanising in Tajikistan she has maintained a presence at the Malvern AGS show - she won this Artistic Award for most first prize points for her photos in the Artistic Section: ( tweeted by J. Amand Intl.)
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 18, 2014, 03:18:28 PM
More from John Mitchell  on his trip:

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Tulipa linifolia Bartang valley Tajikistan

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Iris bucharica in Darwaz range Tajikistan

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Iris korolkowii in Kulob Tajikistan

text and more photos  here :  (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/author/jmitchell[/url)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 20, 2014, 01:01:44 PM
More photos tweeted by John Mitchell from the final stages of  the Takikistan trip - Iris hoogiana https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE/status/468732154789117956/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE/status/468732154789117956/photo/1)  ,  Iris cf tadshikorum https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE/status/468733071278084096/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE/status/468733071278084096/photo/1)  and Dionysia involucrata https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE/status/468731117827153920/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/jmitchell_RBGE/status/468731117827153920/photo/1) growing by Varsob Dushanbe ; 
Story and more photos : ( and note the tea and biscuits!!)
http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11563 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11563)

Kit and Richard - recording and pressing....
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All reports so far :
http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11325 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11325) Expedition to Tajikistan
http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11449 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11449)  Tajikistan 2014: Onward to Khorog
http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11486 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11486) Tajikistan 2014: Ishkaham and on to Langar
http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11563 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/11563) Tajikistan 2014: Final Stage of Trip



Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 22, 2014, 12:54:09 PM
Kit Strange is managing to tweet from Tajikistan, too -

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John M. photographing Dionysias on the sheer granite cliff faces

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Lovely Eremurus growing at the base of a granite cliff in Varsob
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 22, 2014, 12:58:32 PM
John M. shows that pressing the specimens is not always straightforward......

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 23, 2014, 01:18:53 PM
Nearly the end of the trip:
"Splitting herbarium material on second last day of expedition in Tajikistan"

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 24, 2014, 05:20:23 PM
The final hurdle, cleaning the living material

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The final pictures from the expedition  - all material packed away safely
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 29, 2014, 02:20:45 PM
John M. is seeing more Iris now he is back in Edinburgh - here is Iris barbatula at the RBGE
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John is not only an RBGE employee, he is also the convener of the SRGC Edinburgh and the Lothians Group.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 29, 2014, 02:29:25 PM
Back at RBGE after the Tajikistan expedition - unpacking and checking......

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 03, 2014, 04:50:26 PM
Al E has been tweeting again.....

Cardiocrinum giganteum flowering in the RBGE Woodland
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Meconopsis punicea
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Endemic Nepalese species flowering
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Title: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - news of theft
Post by: Maggi Young on June 19, 2014, 05:00:31 PM
Annoying to read of another  sneaky theft from a botanic garden. This time the RBGE -  From a  BBC news report  19 June 2014  :
"Thieves steal Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh plants to sell on eBay"

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Security measures installed

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been forced to step up its security after thieves stole rare plants from its collection to sell on eBay.
Officials said the thieves must have specialist horticultural knowledge as it is their endangered plants that have been taken from the garden.
Now CCTV cameras are being installed at the world renowned scientific site.
Visitors to the garden are being asked to report anyone they see removing vegetation or cuttings from the garden.

'Pretty gutted'

Simon Milne, regius keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, said: "We were noticing some plants were being damaged and indeed some plants being removed.
"We are pretty gutted, not just the fact we spend hours looking after these rare and threatened plants, it also undermines the very work we are trying to do, particularly in conservation, education and our scientific research.
"We are having to now up security measures here, one example would be to up CCTV and that sadly is diverting resources away from the conservation of plants.
"Our message to the public is if you see anyone vandalising plants, taking cuttings or removing them to please tell a member of staff."

There is clearly a supposition that the plants  have been taken to sell on - so keep an eye out on ebay for anything suspicious. I don't know what type of plants have been stolen.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: angie on June 21, 2014, 10:16:07 AM
Maggi I hate reading stories like this. Yet again these people spoil it for everyone else.

Angie  :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on June 24, 2014, 09:53:05 AM
For anyone who wants a bit more info
http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/botanics-hit-by-green-fingered-thief-1-3452307 (http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/botanics-hit-by-green-fingered-thief-1-3452307)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Tim Ingram on June 24, 2014, 11:51:42 AM
I have a photograph taken way back in 1984 of the alpine house at the Botanics and a collection of 'vegetable sheep' behind wire netting, so this isn't especially new. What must be so annoying is that such plants need the sort of care that those who take them probably will not understand, let alone all the frustration of losing important plants. Although these things are hitting the headlines they must have always taken place and it's hard to contemplate surrounding collections of plants with security cameras and surveillance all the time. The thing about plants is that they can be propagated, so to an extent making rare plants available to be increased might reduce the problem: a seed collector like Jim Archibald, for example, who had such wide contacts in the gardening world, enabled specialist nurseries like ourselves to grow many of these sorts of plants, and those who bought seed from him often also supplied him with rare and unusual seed. Botanic gardens are not able to do this, as they may have done to an extent in the past, because of the laws associated with obtaining plants from the wild in many cases; but distributing seed (for example by Gothenberg and the Chelsea Physic Garden amongst others) has always been a fundamental purpose of such gardens. Are the regulations surrounding plants becoming part of the problem?

Mind you, green fingered thieves are likely to be opportunists so I don't suppose it can be easily combatted without specifically watching the most valuable plants. It is interesting how the open discussion that goes on on this Forum often highlights dubious practices on ebay and elsewhere.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on June 24, 2014, 12:57:27 PM
Whoever is pinching the plants is not an opportunist they are targeting material that is not available in cultivation. Also it is doubtful that those responsible are at all interested in cultivating the plants. It is far more likely they have seen an opportunity to make money by selling something that is not available on the market.

Take the upcoming Orchid fare. There will be no RBGE orchid material on display in the Gateway. It has all be bought in by from Holland by the Taiwanese because its just too risky
Fingers were burnt during the Rhodo conference last year with people at the conference helping themselves to plant material that was put on display specifically for it.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Tim Ingram on June 24, 2014, 01:07:18 PM
Alan - it is really sad to hear this because it implies that the problems are only set to get worse if these are 'professional' thieves. And at least from my point of view a great stimulation of growing plants comes from showing them to others; that must be particularly true for a Botanic Garden.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 24, 2014, 01:13:23 PM
I'm afraid I find it impossible to remain calm about such thefts - these are thefts from all of us, from a national institution which exists to educate as well as to entertain the public. 
It infuriates me  - I regret that electric traps are unlikely to be available!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on June 24, 2014, 01:21:42 PM
Alan - it is really sad to hear this because it implies that the problems are only set to get worse if these are 'professional' thieves. And at least from my point of view a great stimulation of growing plants comes from showing them to others; that must be particularly true for a Botanic Garden.

I imagine the worst case might be the point where anything in the research collection will remain behind the scenes or will only be allowed out when in locked up in cases.  I'm with you Maggie it is massively infuriating I get wild thinking about it.

Al
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 24, 2014, 01:41:32 PM
I'm not really happy that these thefts  get me thinking about volunteering to keep watch with a loaded shotgun but I do feel strongly about this. 
Tim is right, or course, thefts ave always happened and it seems that even is something is tied down there will be some lowlife who is willing to pinch it - but I think of  all the wonderful generous gardeners we all know - and perhaps it is that, and the hope that we could all be like that and I want to think we ARE all like that, that it seems such an outrage that this things are happening in our sphere of interest. Yes, I DO thing we should be better than this.  "Sigh!"
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 24, 2014, 10:22:54 PM
What's frustrating about this is that it will likely mean that honest and genuinely interested plantspeople, like those of us on this Forum, are likely to find it increasingly difficult to see these special and interesting plants because their custodians cannot take the risk of displaying them. There are lots of plants that I would love to get my hands on, but if they're not available through legitimate means, I just accept it. It's sickening that some folk are selfish enough to help themselves. I'll take turns on watch with you Maggie.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on July 16, 2014, 07:55:23 PM
RE:  RBGE after the Tajikistan expedition .........

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John Mitchell writes :
Please find the final blog and video of expedition to Tajikistan http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/12209 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/12209)

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: zephirine on July 18, 2014, 05:09:00 AM
OMG...I just realized that what I thought was a mere railway station at the Lyon-St-Exupery airport was in fact a...giant alpine glasshouse!!!  :o :o :o
Do you think they expect to show giant alpines there ? ? ?  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on July 18, 2014, 11:02:51 AM
Giants for sure - perhaps Rheum nobile?   ::) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Tim Ingram on July 19, 2014, 06:16:21 PM
Great video from John and Kit et al. What an experience! Look forward to talks in the future and some driving lessons!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on July 19, 2014, 06:29:17 PM
John Mitchell will be speaking on Tajikistan at the Weekend Conference held after the AGS AGM, Tim.

One of the items at the AGM will be the ratification of Martin Rogerson's appointment as Director of Shows - well known in these pages as a cute baby with a love of via ferrata, I wish Martin success in his new job - so much for a peaceful retirement!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Tim Ingram on July 20, 2014, 07:01:05 AM
I am not sure that we can generate sufficient interest in the plants that we grow at the moment to afford to attend this year. But it should be a good meeting I think.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on July 23, 2014, 12:06:15 PM
It is 50 years since the new Herbarium and Library at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden was opened.

This item repeated from a BBC report  by David Miller BBC Scotland environment correspondent
( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-28404828 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-28404828) )

It is 50 years since the Queen officially opened the herbarium and library building at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden. But what goes on inside?

Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden is a perennial favourite with visitors to the city and locals alike.
However, few ever step inside the large, white building with huge arched windows standing in one corner of the garden, which houses the herbarium and library.

The work that goes on here rarely attracts the public's attention, but for botanists around the world, the building is a vitally important research facility that helps them piece together an ever-more detailed understanding of the plant kingdom.
It is also home to fascinating archives that tell the story of the Royal Botanic Garden itself.
That story began in the 17th century and a small, leather-bound book kept under lock and key in the basement still provides an extraordinary insight into the garden's beginnings.

'Physic garden'

Lorna Mitchell, head of library services, tells me: "This is a copy of James Sutherland's Hortus Medicus Edinburghensis.
This is the first catalogue of the plant collection. At the time, this was the physic garden that was located near Holyrood, the original site.

The garden was founded in 1670 by Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour and they appointed Sutherland as their superintendent and he became our first regius keeper. He produced this first catalogue of the plants which were growing in the garden at that time."

The building's upper floors are home to a huge collection of plant specimens, collected over the intervening centuries during scientific expeditions to the four corners of the globe.
That work continues today.

Elspeth Haston, deputy herbarium curator, said: "What you're seeing here is 4,000 grey cabinets and inside those there are three million herbarium specimens collected from all parts of the world and dating back to 1697.
"It's one of the key resources in the world which botanists use in their research."

New Town

Scientists still travel to Edinburgh to examine the specimens.
That journey can be crucial to botanists working to identify new plant species that they suspect may never have been discovered before.
But digital technology is making it easier for those botanists to study the collection without ever travelling to Scotland.

Dr Haston said:
 "We're finding it's opening up our collections to people around the world.
We are currently digitising our collections and we have now got a quarter of a million images of the specimens online and available on our website. They're being used by people from around the world who can download them and use them for their research."

It is a service that would have been inconceivable to the gentlemen who, on a February evening in 1836, attended a meeting at 15 Dundas Street in Edinburgh's New Town.

That meeting led to the creation of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh and plans for "the formation of a public herbarium and library".
But the goal of exploring, explaining and conserving the world of plants remains unchanged and is now arguably more important than ever.
The story of the Herbarium is told in the Botanical Treasures Exhibition at the John Hope Gateway in the Royal Botanic Garden. It is open until 30 September 2014. Admission is free.


How marvelous that this  project to digitise the herbarium is truly bringing to full fruition that hope from 1836 for a public herbarium and library and opening the resource of the herbarium to a world wide audience.

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on August 04, 2014, 05:33:55 PM
Thanks to Alan Elliott for this link : http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/12334 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/12334) for an article on
Herbarium specimens collected during World War I :
4th August 1914 – collections on the day that war was declared between Britain and Germany from
H. von Handel-Mazzetti, Reginald Farrer  and Roland Edgar Cooper - all names which will I think be familiar to many in the Club.
Title: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - employment opportunities
Post by: Maggi Young on August 04, 2014, 07:37:01 PM
At The Botanics: New job vacancies posted  -  including Digitisation/Technical Developer & Digitisation/Volunteer Co-ordinator
http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies)
Research Scientist: Mycologist
MemberShip Event Co-ordinator
Digitisation/Technical Developer
Digitisation/Volunteer Co-ordinator
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on August 09, 2014, 03:57:21 PM
Another post at RBGE - this may be the best job in horticulture!
http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies#vacancydoh (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies#vacancydoh) for all details/links

Director of Horticulture & Education


"The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is seeking a dynamic and effective leader to help manage and develop one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens. Reporting directly to the Regius Keeper (Chief Executive), the successful candidate will lead the Division of Horticulture and Education and, working with fellow Directors, play a critical and influential role in the strategic development and management of this global institution.
Working as part of our senior management team, this is a varied role, contributing to a wide range of activities across the organisation. We curate internationally renowned collections of living plants in our four gardens which support our national and international conservation and research programmes, we deliver a wide-ranging educational programme for every stage in life, and run one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland.
The Garden has a highly ambitious vision. We are in the process of embarking on a number of exciting capital projects to enhance our capability and capacity to maintain our world-class status in conservation and plant sciences, as well as increasing the enjoyment provided to the visiting public.

This is a post for somebody with vision, enthusiasm, excellent communication skills and ability to inspire and engage others.  Candidates will need to have a strong background in horticulture, and ideally a good understanding and appreciation of education programmes in a horticultural and botanical context.. An understanding of how horticulture can work with other Garden operations to generate income is an increasingly important aspect of the position.

Further information on the post, including a job description and person specification, can be downloaded from this page.  This is a full-time post, and flexible working arrangements could be considered as part of the role.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire, to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 5pm GMT on Fri. 29th August."

 :) 8) :)

I surmise that Dr David Rae is retiring or moving on from this post.
http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/royal-society-makes-david-rae-its-horticultural-first (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/royal-society-makes-david-rae-its-horticultural-first)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on August 16, 2014, 02:15:43 PM
Gentiana paradoxa flowering in the alpine area of The Botanics - photo by Cameron Tasker

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on August 28, 2014, 01:11:18 PM
Another post available at RBGE - this time for a myologist :
http://www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/about_us/Vacancies/Mycologist%20Job%20Description%20&%20Person%20Spec.pdf (http://www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/about_us/Vacancies/Mycologist%20Job%20Description%20&%20Person%20Spec.pdf)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on September 14, 2014, 03:18:19 PM
Photo from John Mitchell of Saxifrage longifolia establishing well in new tufa landscape

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Title: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh -some future events
Post by: Maggi Young on November 06, 2014, 01:53:13 PM
‘Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy’

Sat 1 November – Sun 25 January 2015 | John Hope Gateway | Free

A major new exhibition celebrating the life of John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist and author, who, 100 years after his death, is still remembered for his understanding of the need to preserve wilderness. In the spirit which Muir embraced the botanical world, the exhibition traces his travels to Canada, Indiana, the American southeast, California, and Alaska, and presents vivid images of the actual plants that Muir held in his hands, carried in his backpack, and preserved for all time.

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The exhibition is delivered in partnership with the East Lothian Council, and is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy, supported by the Skirball Foundation, Heyday Books, Michael McCone, Michael Boone, Martha Kropf, Robert Marx, Mary Louise Myers, and the Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library, curated by Bonnie J. Gisel and photography by Stephen J. Joseph.

The exhibition continues until 25 January and will be accompanied by two talks.
 
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John Muir – Nature’s Apostle

Sat 8 November, 14:30 – 15:30 | Ground Floor exhibition space, John Hope Gateway | Free

Will Collin, of Dunbar’s John Muir’s Birthplace, will explore the development of Muir's influence as a preservationist from his childhood in Dunbar to his death in 1914, and his consequent legacy as 'Father of America's National Parks' and ‘patron saint’ of modern environmental consciousness.

 
John Muir and friends – Historic collections online

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Sat 15 November, 14:30 – 15:30 | Patrick Geddes Room, John Hope Gateway | Free
Elspeth Haston, RBGE Deputy Herbarium Curator will discuss the recent digitisation of the RBGE herbarium with reference to specimens found in the Natures Beloved Son exhibition. 

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Events in Book Week Scotland

Botanical Treasures - Behind the Scenes


Thurs 27 Nov 2014 | Conference Room, 20A Inverleith Row | £6 (£5 concession)

Join staff and authors of our recent publication Botanical Treasures for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the hidden gems in our Herbarium and Library collections.

 
The Naming of the Shrew: A Walk with John Wright

Sat 29 — Sun 30 Nov 2014 | Real Life Science Studio | John Hope Gateway | Free

Join John Wright, forager and author, on a stroll around the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to explore the people and the stories behind the names we use to organise nature.

 
John Wright: The Naming of the Shrew

Sat 29 — Sun 30 Nov 2014 | Real Life Science Studio | John Hope Gateway | Free

Author and forager John Wright will speak about this latest book - The Naming of the Shrew.


 
Philip Guston: Late Paintings Book Launch

Sat 29 Nov 2014 | Inverleith House | Free

A reception to celebrate the publication of 'Philip Guston: Late Paintings', which documents the acclaimed 2012 Inverleith House exhibition.

 
Artist Book Spotlight: Jean Johnstone

Sun 30 Nov 2014 | John Hope Gateway | £5 (£4 concession)

A poetry reading with a difference - you do the reading, silently...

Jean Johnstone invites you to slowly unwrap her artists books to experience the fine words of leading contemporary poets in the context of each individual art work. All of her small books contain one poem only, each complemented by delicate images from the natural world, on Lokta, Tsasho and Resho papers. Jean Johnstone is a Scottish artist who uses etchings, pen and ink drawings, leaf and bark papers, beeswax, silk and linen, to create handmade, hand-scripted artist’s books. She has made works with many Scottish poets, including John Burnside and Kathleen Jamie.

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh -news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 16, 2014, 02:31:20 PM

Introduction to the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Published on Dec 16, 2014

See behind the scenes of the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the 3 million specimens it holds. Curators and researchers show how the collection is maintained and used for biodiversity research and conservation projects spanning the globe.

Part of the RBGE Collections series, funded by the Sibbald Trust.

Video by James Clugston

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKcRUloQm0M&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKcRUloQm0M&feature=youtu.be)
Title: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 01, 2015, 06:36:09 PM
Congratulations to the former Director of Horticulture at RBGE,  David Rae,  on being awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.

This article  (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/new-year-honour-tops-remarkable-year-for-chief-horticulturist)quoted below :

" New Year Honour tops remarkable year for chief horticulturist
 
A 36-year career of inspirational leadership in the world of horticulture has been recognised with an OBE in the New Year Honours for Dr David Rae FRSE, recently retired Director of Horticulture and Learning at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

The award is seen as a fitting tribute marking the end of a remarkable year for Rae (59) who, in spring, became the first horticulturist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). He retired from RBGE in October to take up the post of Director for the Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust.

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Rae joined the Garden as a lecturer in the School of Horticulture in 1978. He also served as Conservation Coordinator and completed an MSc and PhD, through part-time research, in 1985 and 1995 respectively, before taking up the post of Director in 2000. By this time, he had already played an important role in launching the careers of hundreds of horticulturists.

In his new role as Director at RBGE, Rae rose in status as a leading member of the international horticultural community. He has served as UK representative on the European Botanic Garden Consortium and, in 2003, he launched Sibbaldia, the journal of botanic garden horticulture. He is currently Honorary President of PlantNetwork- the Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland - and on the Board of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii. And St Andrew’s Botanic Garden. Under his guidance, Edinburgh has pioneered new standards of curatorship making it a leader among the world’s botanic gardens – with the widest education programme of any. He also holds the Scottish Horticultural Medal of Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (RCHS).

Paying tribute to David Rae, RBGE Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE commented: “David has inspired a whole generation of horticulturists, is a national and international leader of his profession and has contributed so much to plant conservation and the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. I am so pleased that he has been bestowed with this well-deserved honour.”"

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on January 02, 2015, 06:23:07 PM
A good read is-----John Muir- The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on January 02, 2015, 06:29:17 PM
The RBGE are to be congratulated for their work on the PLantnetwork Target 8 Project. This project aims to conserve native plants.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 06, 2015, 07:54:04 PM
''Tweeted'' by John Mitchell of RBGE
Iris and Crocus flowering in quarantine house from Tajikistan expedition 2014

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 07, 2015, 02:23:27 PM
I know that the RBGE is hugely popular ( and why not indeed?!!)  -so you may be intereted inthis :

Tweet from  RBGE ‏@TheBotanics

" We need your votes! We’ve been nominated Garden of the Year in @CountryfileMag Awards.
Pls vote for us at http://www.countryfile.com/article/garden-year-201415 (http://www.countryfile.com/article/garden-year-201415) … Thanks! "
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 17, 2015, 07:26:35 PM
Whole programme of new events at RBGE :  http://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/home (http://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/home)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 20, 2015, 12:32:38 PM
Great "tweet" from Al Elliot - " Just released from @TheBotanics quarantine after being collected in Tajikistan on the FEKET expedition. #Straightface  "  :)

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Steve Garvie on January 20, 2015, 01:25:38 PM
Great "tweet" from Al Elliot - " Just released from @TheBotanics quarantine after being collected in Tajikistan on the FEKET expedition. #Straightface  "  :)

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It's perhaps best that this expedition collection acronym is not uttered loudly in a Hiberno-English accent!  :o
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 20, 2015, 01:48:02 PM
Quite so !  ;D

This acronym - FEKET  =  First Edinburgh Kew Expedition Tajikistan  - we have lists of them in this thread :
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=5050.0 (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=5050.0)

 I was a trifle confused by the "tulipa" label - but the photo angle isn't too clear - bulb collected "blind" in the wild, of course .... Al tells me it is Colchicum kesselringii

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Post by: ashley on January 20, 2015, 01:50:00 PM
It's perhaps best that this expedition collection acronym is not uttered loudly in a Hiberno-English accent!  :o

Couldn't express myself without it Steve ;) ;D
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on January 21, 2015, 09:53:20 AM
It's perhaps best that this expedition collection acronym is not uttered loudly in a Hiberno-English accent!  :o

It is exactly how it should be expressed! :D
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 29, 2015, 09:41:13 AM
 I don't think a link to this blog by  Panayoti Kelaidis about a visit to the RBGE has been posted before :  http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/more-blue-poppies-pilgrimage-mecca-rock-gardening (http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/more-blue-poppies-pilgrimage-mecca-rock-gardening)  - it bears reading again, even if it has !
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 17, 2015, 12:53:34 PM
How about these views of the new RBGE alpine house - from above....

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Post by: Chris Johnson on February 17, 2015, 05:44:28 PM
Doesn't the perspective make it look small.

Chris
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Post by: Maggi Young on February 17, 2015, 08:32:48 PM
Yes! That's what struck us when we saw the photos. And somehow I was kind of surprised by the shape from above, too - which is a bit daft   :-[

But  it  just proves how hopeless I am at identifying landmarks from a plane, while Ian is very good at it....... :P
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on February 17, 2015, 09:52:45 PM
Architecture over fuctionality and practicality in my view, or am I sounding like Prince Charles?l
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Post by: fermi de Sousa on February 18, 2015, 05:54:15 AM
... or am I sounding like Prince Charles?l
Is one?
 ;D
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on February 18, 2015, 07:47:24 AM
Architecture over fuctionality and practicality in my view, or am I sounding like Prince Charles?l

It would be neither functional nor practical here, David - near horizontal rain today. I was intrigued when I first saw the plans for this house, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with it myself. By all accounts the plants inside it are growing well though, which is the important thing.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Chris Johnson on February 18, 2015, 08:08:05 AM
When I first saw it a couple of years ago I thought, how ugly.

Then I remembered recent 'discussions' with my architect over some of his design ideas verses functionality. We compromised. I have since altered some of the 'design' aspects which I must agree have not enhanced his design but, oh, so much more utility and comfort.

When I saw these aerial photographs yesterday, it reinforced my original though that it was ugly, but now I can also see it's design for the sake of it.

Art and architecture is so subjective and I'm sure there will be those who love it.

Chris
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Post by: Tim Ingram on February 18, 2015, 08:35:50 AM
What struck me about this 'glasshouse' and the one at Kew is how incredibly different they are, and essentially how they are sculpture which says something about the Botanic Gardens if not necessarily something about the plants. At Kew the design has been made to draw cool air from chambers beneath the glasshouse; at Edinburgh seemingly to create turbulence and down-draughts from above and the plants look pretty good at both, but I think this has as much to do with the people growing them as the glasshouses themselves. But think about it - if you had a glasshouse like this in your own garden wouldn't you grow the plants wonderfully well and be inspired  :D. I would go for the tufa first (or that marvellous sinuous crevice garden) - rather like Roy Elliott's famous tufa cliff (or an earlier covered cliff that Dwight Ripley made) and then think about the sculptural aspects, unless of course the Heritage Lottery Fund decided to come along and get involved!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 19, 2015, 12:32:02 PM
I know we  in this forum are sometimes accused of being obsessed (so unfair that!)  with eating - and cake - but here is proof that having a pleasant get-together over tea and cake is not a new thing in these circles  - here is a film, via  Elpseth Haston of the RBGE,  of a fascinating film of  a Bot. Soc. Edinburgh tea party 1936 at the Botanics.....

http://youtu.be/Ly3FXrCkAx4 (http://youtu.be/Ly3FXrCkAx4)

"The Botanical Society of Edinburgh was founded by Dr John Hutton Balfour (who eventually became Regius Keeper at RBGE) and a group of like-minded men in February 1836. 100 years later, a day of events was hosted in Edinburgh on the 1st of July 1936 to celebrate its Centenary. One of these was a tea party, held in one of the RBGE laboratories surrounded by portraits, photographs and exhibits of people, events and objects significant to the Society's history. Regius Keeper William Wright Smith can be clearly seen holding a cigarette, as well as RBGE photographer Robert Moyes Adam (light suit, bow tie) and Professor Ferdinand Orpen Bower (white beard, sitting) talking to Arthur William Hill, the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Do you recognise anyone else?
The Society, now renamed the Botanical Society of Scotland is still going strong today, over 175 years after its foundation."

http://www.botanical-society-scotland (http://www.botanical-society-scotland)...

Copyright: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on March 01, 2015, 11:09:22 AM
I wonder where the plants for the tufa wall were sourced, Jankaea for instance. Were they grown at the Garden.
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Post by: Maggi Young on March 01, 2015, 01:02:29 PM
I expect the plants at the RBGE were either grown from seed or from cutting material donated from other botanic gardens.
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Post by: ian mcdonald on March 01, 2015, 02:13:24 PM
I have some tufa blocks in my garden which came from an 1800 year old building. I,ve tried to find a supplier of Jankaea for many years without success. Haberlea grows in the wall OK.
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Post by: alanelliott on March 05, 2015, 02:13:01 PM
I wonder where the plants for the tufa wall were sourced, Jankaea for instance. Were they grown at the Garden.

Ian (and Maggi)

The plants for the tufa were sourced from specialist nurseries and propagated material from the the exisiting botanics collections.
Many of the Gesners now in the tufa were from the research collection.

Both our current living accessions of Jankaea, infact all of them we've ever had, have come from other collections not from the wild. 
The 1999 accession was grown from seed and the 2000 accession was a donated plant. 

The below link is the publically available abridged info from the database.
http://elmer.rbge.org.uk/bgbase/livcol/bgbaselivcol.php?eti=Jankaea&countOnly=&cfg=bgbase%2Flivcol%2Fbgbaselivcol.cfg&acc__num= (http://elmer.rbge.org.uk/bgbase/livcol/bgbaselivcol.php?eti=Jankaea&countOnly=&cfg=bgbase%2Flivcol%2Fbgbaselivcol.cfg&acc__num=)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on March 05, 2015, 02:36:00 PM
Hello Alan, I wondered if the RBGE knew of someone who could supply Jankaea? I know this is a very difficult plant to source in cultivation. I have some pieces of tufa in my dry stone wall which came from a very ancient building but I have found it almost impossible to find growers of the plants I would like to try there. Is it possible to pass on the details of the specialist nurseries where the plants for the tufa wall came from or do they not supply to the public. Best wishes, ian.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 05, 2015, 02:45:10 PM
Congratulations to the RBGE staff for their successful efforts in keeping these plant going and propagating from them  since 1999 and 2000. 
Quite sad really to think that so many of the nurseries available then are no longer in existence - and the growers too.

 
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on March 05, 2015, 02:54:17 PM
We are not getting any younger Maggi and I for one would like to try some of the "specialist" alpines before it is too late. :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Mark Griffiths on March 05, 2015, 03:35:56 PM
Ian, I had Jankea many years ago from a commercial source and they were from a collection - but we are talking in the 70s. It just dwindled to nothing.

My take is it is better to try from seed and get a batch - have you tried Ramonda serbica? You can get seed of that and it might be worth seeing if that survives in your tufa wall. or the bigeneric hybrid.
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Post by: ian mcdonald on March 05, 2015, 06:53:31 PM
Thanks Mark.
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Post by: Great Moravian on March 23, 2015, 08:06:06 AM
Alan,
I would greatly appreciate if you would photograph and provide to us
the image of the true Rosularia muratdaghensis.
The RBG data are as follows.
RBGE Accession number: 19622740
Rosularia muratdaghensis Kit Tan
Living plants of this accession
19622740A       Q27 General Plant Collection
Collected in Turkey : Kätahya
Collected by Davis, Peter Hadland
Thank you.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on March 23, 2015, 09:56:54 AM
Sure.

I'll have a look tomorrow when I get a chance between Lab work. If you send me a private message with your email adress I'll forward them on.

Al

Alan,
I would greatly appreciate if you would photograph and provide to us
the image of the true Rosularia muratdaghensis.
The RBG data are as follows.
RBGE Accession number: 19622740
Rosularia muratdaghensis Kit Tan
Living plants of this accession
19622740A       Q27 General Plant Collection
Collected in Turkey : Kätahya
Collected by Davis, Peter Hadland
Thank you.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 23, 2015, 04:37:19 PM
Pix from the RBGE alpine dept. ......

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Fritillaria aurea

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Fritillaria crassifolia

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Fritillaria imperialis - red form
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 23, 2015, 05:26:04 PM
Some more from the RBGE

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Leontice leontopetalum a tuberous herbaceous relative of Berberis

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Dionysia  curviflora  x tapetodes

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Saxifraga dinnikii  alba flowering in the new alpine house
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Post by: alanelliott on March 26, 2015, 07:50:46 AM
Here is Rosularia muratdaghensis. I did a botanics story post about them http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/14521 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/14521)

Rosularia muratdaghensis collected in 1962 in Turkey by Peter Davis. As far as I can tell it has never flowered in Edinburgh.

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Post by: mark smyth on March 26, 2015, 09:12:05 AM
Great "tweet" from Al Elliot - " Just released from @TheBotanics quarantine after being collected in Tajikistan on the FEKET expedition. #Straightface  "  :)

At Rosemoor with Jo in Feb we saw a pot of Cyclamen with three different ones in it!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2015, 09:33:59 AM
Alan,
I would greatly appreciate if you would photograph and provide to us
the image of the true Rosularia muratdaghensis.
The RBG data are as follows.
RBGE Accession number: 19622740
Rosularia muratdaghensis Kit Tan
Living plants of this accession
19622740A       Q27 General Plant Collection
Collected in Turkey : Kätahya
Collected by Davis, Peter Hadland
Thank you.
   A speedy  response for you, Josef!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Great Moravian on March 26, 2015, 10:42:13 AM
Thank you, Alan. The resolution in  http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/14521 (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/14521) after clicking on the images
is sufficient. In fact, it is possible to post larger images with clickable thumbnails in this forum too.
Not too large, of course.
The plant seems to be really glabrous on both surfaces of leaves.
A considerably similar plant accompanied with the binomial Rosularia muratdaghensis
is in cultivation having the surfaces of leaves finely glandular-pubescent. The pubescence
is observable solely in side view, the leaves are flat above and narrowed to the base.
Here is a photograph by Marek Chaloupka of a very young compact-grown plant.
http://zahradnictvichaloupka.webnode.cz/products/novinka-2014-prometheum-muratdaghense/ (http://zahradnictvichaloupka.webnode.cz/products/novinka-2014-prometheum-muratdaghense/)
A flowering plant photographed by Mojmír Martan is presented here.
http://www.skalnicky-brno.cz/doc/Zpravodaj64.pdf#page=10 (http://www.skalnicky-brno.cz/doc/Zpravodaj64.pdf#page=10)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on March 26, 2015, 01:25:06 PM
Here is a leaf detail - didnt post it because its a bit crap.

I'll go back and hack up another rosette when Elspeth isnt looking. Sshh

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Great Moravian on March 27, 2015, 10:23:33 AM
Here is a leaf detail - didnt post it because its a bit crap.

I'll go back and hack up another rosette when Elspeth isnt looking. Sshh


You are great.
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Post by: alanelliott on April 01, 2015, 12:27:47 PM
Sorry for the delay things work getting away from me.

Additional leaf details of Rosularia muratdaghensis.

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Upper surface

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Lower surface - bit of stubble towards the tip.

Dont know if this helps any.
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Post by: Great Moravian on April 03, 2015, 05:12:19 PM
Thank you. It is perfect. The surfaces are minutely and sparsely
glandular pubescent as in the plants in common cultivation
and not glabrous as claimed in the literature.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 08, 2015, 04:10:41 PM
Photo from AlanElliott, showing how Dionysias are beginning to hug the contours of the tufa in the new alpine house

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Post by: Mark Griffiths on June 08, 2015, 04:16:21 PM
nice! do we know which species / hybrid they are - the label just seem to say "Dionysia"? Maybe some farinose D. tapetodes or hybrid there of? Actually looks more like Androsace vandellii to my old eyes.
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Post by: alanelliott on June 08, 2015, 04:36:51 PM
nice! do we know which species / hybrid they are - the label just seem to say "Dionysia"? Maybe some farinose D. tapetodes or hybrid there of? Actually looks more like Androsace vandellii to my old eyes.

It has an interesting backstory. It came to the garden as seed of Dionysia confiscated by the Dutch authorities - it has yet to flower. So might be something other than a Dionysia. We'll have to wait and see
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Mark Griffiths on June 08, 2015, 05:07:29 PM
@ Alan, interesting. The other thing they look like is a Draba but I'm sure that's been considered. Interesting also they've got to that size but not flowered yet.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on June 08, 2015, 05:16:31 PM
@ Alan, interesting. The other thing they look like is a Draba but I'm sure that's been considered. Interesting also they've got to that size but not flowered yet.

You'd be surprised what hangs about out of sight and out of mind.....
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Post by: jomowi on June 21, 2015, 02:20:06 PM
Far from being an alpine (!), but I don't see anything on the Forum about the impending flowering of the "world's biggest and smelliest flower" as posted by the RBGE website:

http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/edinburgh/titan-arum (http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/edinburgh/titan-arum)

Al - if you see this, do you think tomorrow (Monday) would be a good day to go and see it.  I would like to catch it in full flower.

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Post by: Maggi Young on June 21, 2015, 02:43:17 PM
We've been re-Tweeting  and repeating Facebook posts from the Titan Arum in Edinburgh - it's amazing the speed it's been growing at.
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Post by: Maggi Young on June 21, 2015, 03:22:21 PM
This afternoon's Tweet on the Titan Arum in RBGE

"223.5cm today, posing with Louise for scale! Growth rate is slowing... full bloom soon @TheBotanics #NewReekie  "

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Post by: Maggi Young on June 21, 2015, 03:47:46 PM
 and "Cake Fest Edinburgh has a perfect effigy of the plant included on its map!"

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Hope the cake tastes better than the flower will smell!!
http://edinburgh.cakefest.org.uk/ (http://edinburgh.cakefest.org.uk/)
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Post by: Mark Griffiths on June 21, 2015, 03:54:52 PM
wow on both pics :)

mmm, cake.
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Post by: David Nicholson on June 21, 2015, 07:22:38 PM
This afternoon's Tweet on the Titan Arum in RBGE

"223.5cm today, posing with Louise for scale! Growth rate is slowing... full bloom soon @TheBotanics #NewReekie  "

(Attachment Link)

I have no comment to make :-X
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Post by: johnw on June 22, 2015, 10:20:53 PM
That RBGE Titan almost looks like an albino form.... ::)

john
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Post by: jomowi on June 27, 2015, 03:22:05 PM
We've been re-Tweeting  and repeating Facebook posts from the Titan Arum in Edinburgh - it's amazing the speed it's been growing at.
I was out of the country for 2 weeks, so missed it, but today I was determined to be there and to prove it: (but for grandchildren only to view!)
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Post by: jomowi on June 27, 2015, 03:29:43 PM
At 8.45 this morning there were 30-40 people queueing at the gate.  We were greeted by John Mitchell who said the flower opened at 4pm yesterday, and the smell was so strong no one could stay in the greenhouse for too long.  This morning, although the flower was at its peak, there was hardly any smell.  It is expected to last another day. 

A tip for anyone intending to go along: use your body heat well in advance to warm your camera lens otherwise it will fog up the moment you enter the greenhouse.  I should have been wise to this, as I go there frequently and my specs do likewise!  I had to sneak around a second time to get a clear picture.
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Post by: Maggi Young on June 27, 2015, 03:48:59 PM
It is a real giant, isn't it?  Thank goodness the pong wasn't too bad.
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Post by: jomowi on June 27, 2015, 08:25:45 PM
It is a real giant, isn't it?  Thank goodness the pong wasn't too bad.
Actually, I was a bit disappointed not to sample the pong!  I expected it to be all part of the experience.  I had to made do with the all pervading smell of "Auld Reekie's" brewery on my train-replacement bus journey into town.  I don't think the arum would have been any worse, if a different type of smell.

A few more pics hurriedly snatched while in the greenhouse and adjoining one. You weren't allowed long, so I was unable to write down names.  Correct me if I'm wrong, Maggi, but I think the 1st 3 are Vireya Rhodos? Then comes an orchid and Streptocarpus


Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 27, 2015, 08:30:13 PM
pix 1 and 3 are lovely Vireyas, yes - but I'm not sure what pic 2 ( * P6278868.jpg) is. :-X
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: jomowi on June 27, 2015, 08:56:17 PM
All 3 were close - I assumed the second pic was one in seed?  Not necessarily so of course, just because they were all together.
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Post by: Roma on June 27, 2015, 09:53:43 PM
Gaultheria?
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 28, 2015, 11:43:46 AM
Yes, Roma - I think Gaultheria is likely - but not a species I know.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Otto Fauser on June 30, 2015, 12:25:27 AM
Maggi , it looks like Vaccinium  glaucoalbum , still with lots of berries here in my wintry garden .-edible but the birds do not feed on them .
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 30, 2015, 10:52:17 AM
Not a plant I know, Otto - but I thought the open end of the fruit looked more gaultheria-like  ???
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on July 04, 2015, 05:03:14 PM
The Titan Arum, "New Reekie" at RBGE has collapsed now  but there is more than the thousands of  photos taken to remember it by :
Three very talented botanical artists associated with RBGE have collaborated to paint it-   Sharon Tingey, Işık Güner  & Jacqui Pestell 

.... see the painting - and its progress here in various photographs  : ( you do not need to me a member of Twitter to see this)
 
https://twitter.com/TheBotanics/status/616185337526779905/photo/1
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on November 15, 2015, 07:58:22 PM
News from RBGE - The Botanics gives open access to the new  issue of 'Sibbaldia'
http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/issue/view/17 (http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/issue/view/17)

 includes the articles :
 THE HISTORY OF THE ROCK GARDEN AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH  by Robert Unwin
   
FORWARD PLANNING FOR SCOTTISH GARDENS IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE by  Chris Smart, Alan Elliott

and   
BOTANIC GARDEN PROFILE: BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, NORWAY  by Axel Dalberg Poulsen

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on November 19, 2015, 09:12:29 AM
News from RBGE - The Botanics gives open access to the new  issue of 'Sibbaldia'
http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/issue/view/17 (http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/issue/view/17)

Open access to all of Sibbaldia start to finish! Releasing all is underway
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on November 19, 2015, 09:30:20 AM
The World stands poised :P ;D
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on November 19, 2015, 10:27:27 AM
Just terrific to see the degree to which RBGE is helping to give open access to these resources - a very good thing!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on November 19, 2015, 10:36:26 AM
The World stands poised :P ;D

world of botanical horticulture perhaps. Which the SRGC very much is...
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on November 19, 2015, 10:39:48 AM
Hello Alan  - must take this chance to say congratulations on being elected to the SRGC Council - I foresee  a great future for the club with the likes of you and Matt Topsfield  getting involved.   8)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: alanelliott on November 19, 2015, 02:48:31 PM
Hello Alan  - must take this chance to say congratulations on being elected to the SRGC Council - I foresee  a great future for the club with the likes of you and Matt Topsfield  getting involved.   8)

The press gang were out...

Thanks looking forward to it. It was a pity I couldnt make the AGM I ended up having to work on Saturday, needs must to keep me in gin.
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Post by: Maggi Young on December 02, 2015, 01:50:08 PM
Write -up on RBGE Research  in the Scotasman - from 30th November :

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scots-flowers-face-extinction-as-global-warming-hits-1-3961015 (http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scots-flowers-face-extinction-as-global-warming-hits-1-3961015)

 Quick Quote :  " Researchers Chris Smart and Dr Alan Elliott used the “worst-case scenario” climate models for 2070 which predict Scotland will be hotter and drier all year round.

The most alarming outcome was for the future of the Himalayan Blue Poppy, a beautiful flowering plant.

The paper states that the suitable climatic conditions for the poppy are predicted to “reduce significantly”, with only the far north-east and parts of Shetland expected to remain in its climatic comfort zone.

There is already evidence for failure of the poppy during hot, dry summers in Fife, where additional watering has very little effect on the survival of the plants.  "




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Post by: alanelliott on December 03, 2015, 07:41:22 AM
Write -up on RBGE Research  in the Scotasman - from 30th November :

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scots-flowers-face-extinction-as-global-warming-hits-1-3961015 (http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scots-flowers-face-extinction-as-global-warming-hits-1-3961015)

 Quick Quote :  " Researchers Chris Smart and Dr Alan Elliott used the “worst-case scenario” climate models for 2070 which predict Scotland will be hotter and drier all year round.

The most alarming outcome was for the future of the Himalayan Blue Poppy, a beautiful flowering plant.

The paper states that the suitable climatic conditions for the poppy are predicted to “reduce significantly”, with only the far north-east and parts of Shetland expected to remain in its climatic comfort zone.

There is already evidence for failure of the poppy during hot, dry summers in Fife, where additional watering has very little effect on the survival of the plants.  "

Thanks Maggie. The jounro didn't quite get the right end of the stick with this. The sibbaldia paper is available here with more detail and additional species tested. I hope its readable.
http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/79/61 (http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/79/61)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 03, 2015, 11:10:38 AM
Thank you, Alan -  if I had a  £ for every time a journo gets things  wrong I could be  sending this from somewhere  with warm  seas and  sunshine!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on December 03, 2015, 04:40:42 PM
Unfortunately many young, as well as some not so young, journalists these days have forgotten, or have never really learned, how to do their jobs. Their knowledge appears to be satiated by what 'Facetwit' has to offer and a basic misunderstanding between that and real news and how to gather it and report it.

Or am I just getting old and tetchy?
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 03, 2015, 05:42:18 PM
Well, you are undoubtedly old and tetchy, David -  but nonetheless, there is more than a smidgeon of truth in what you say. I am  often  disheartened to see  wither on TV or in the local press, something which was "doing the rounds" on Facebook last week being presented as "news"  .....#sigh#  ::) :-X

Kind regards,

 Your old, tetchy friend.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on December 03, 2015, 06:53:06 PM
 ;D :D ;)

All Journalists aged under, let's say,  35, and those aspiring to be Journalists, should be made to listen to a recording of John Humphrys interviewing the Secretary of State for Defence on the Radio 4 'Today' programme this morning. That is what Journalism is all about not the froth that emanates from Facetwit.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on December 03, 2015, 08:24:56 PM
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. It has always been too dry here for Meconopsis. That does not stop me from trying to grow these beautiful plants. I have read that plenty of manure applied to the site is a good idea. This year and last year I have had two Meconopsis flower in the garden and hope to try others.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 29, 2016, 01:18:47 PM
A job vacancy at RBGE :  full details here   http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies)

Horticulturist (Rock and Alpine)
Full time and permanent, based in Edinburgh
"In this job you will be involved in maintaining and enhancing the Living Collection, tasks will include potting, weeding, watering, propagation, planting, cutting grass as well as being involved in project work within the wider Outdoor Living Collections Department.

Applicants should be qualified to SVQ Level 2 or equivalent, have the ability to work to a very high standard, be computer literate, able to work in a group situation or individually, be highly motivated and be a good communicator.  Additionally, the successful candidate should have knowledge of botanical horticulture, garden maintenance, an interest in alpine plants and be experienced in propagation techniques.  Previous, practical horticultural experience is desirable."
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Tristan_He on January 29, 2016, 07:35:17 PM
Interesting thread - don't know how I missed this last year.

Ian, I think you are right in the first sentence of your post. Journalists are mainly interested in 'a good story' and are less interested in the nuances behind most good science. I doubt that Facebook has influenced this for the better but to be quite honest the standard of scientific reporting in most newspapers has always been poor.

Climate suitability models have to be taken with a substantial pinch of salt (see for example the Clematis montana story, or the model prediction that Meconopsis are currently difficult to grow in the Lake District). They are useful for broad scale predictions but local microclimates can make a huge difference. For example, recent research showed that tree shading along river banks can reduce water temperatures by as much as 10C during hot spells compared with unshaded sections. That can be the difference between life and death for many animals and plants. Also, part of the skill of gardening (and especially alpine gardening) is being able to grow plants well outside their normal climate window.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Tony Willis on January 31, 2016, 09:25:12 PM
Went to have a look at the tufa wall in the new alpine structure last Thursday. It is really coming on well with some beautiful cushions developing. I think this spring it will look excellent and well worth a visit.It can only improve in future years as the plants mature.

The old alpine house ,my favorite was as good as ever.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 26, 2016, 02:31:00 PM
Did you know that the RBGE ( Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh)  horticultural journal Sibbaldia is now freely available?

 See here :
http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib (http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib)

Two articles of interest from Sibbaldia 13

THE HISTORY OF THE ROCK GARDEN AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
 Robert Unwin   
Abstract

The Rock Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is well known and loved by alpine plant enthusiasts worldwide. This paper describes the history of the area since 1809 when it was established as the demonstration garden for the Caledonian Horticultural Society. It describes the change in horticultural fashions and techniques for growing and displaying plants, and the role that influential horticulturists have played in the history of the Garden. The paper is illustrated with maps and photographs taken throughout the period.

 http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/78/60 (http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/78/60)



FORWARD PLANNING FOR SCOTTISH GARDENS IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Chris Smart, Alan Elliott
http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/79/61 (http://journals.rbge.org.uk/index.php/rbgesib/article/view/79/61)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 15, 2016, 04:00:06 PM
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Please donate today to help restore the Traditional Alpine House at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Built in 1975, our Traditional Alpine House cultivates many rare alpine species. However, as a cedar wood construction it has now reached the end of its useful life, and desperately needs to be restored.

Thanks to generous initial support from the A E B Charitable Trust, the Alpine Garden Society, the Scottish Rock Garden Club and an individual donor, your support can now help reach our fundraising target to restore this popular building in the Edinburgh Garden.

Please donate now through our safe and secure online form (https://donate.rbge.org.uk/), or call 0131 248 2984 to discuss your donation.


https://donate.rbge.org.uk/alpine-house.html
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on October 06, 2016, 08:17:47 PM
Update of the refurbishment of the alpine frames etc at RBGE
The old frames are demolished
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on October 06, 2016, 08:25:14 PM
Nifty shaping of the bricks in the end panels. It would take me at least a couple of months and I'd finish up with only half me fingers and it still wouldn't look right!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Yann on October 06, 2016, 09:28:37 PM
Why the old wall are destroyed, it seems they're still in a good state?
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on October 06, 2016, 11:02:31 PM
Why the old wall are destroyed, it seems they're still in a good state?
looks like they have put an extra skin of 4" solids inside at the bottom to reduce any chance of it bowing out - but as you say the original ones looked fine
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on November 22, 2016, 04:18:03 PM
Some more photos via John Mitchell about the  renovation of the alpine house - the frames are being recovered and the old  house structure is being taken down ....
 
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on November 22, 2016, 04:19:32 PM
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 12, 2016, 05:31:43 PM
Further progress on the Alpine house - glazing started too. Pix from John Mitchell on Twitter
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: astragalus on December 17, 2016, 12:45:34 PM
Amazing progress since my visit in October.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on December 17, 2016, 03:07:11 PM
Maggi

Are there any close ups of how they have fixed those frames - looks like they pivot on two pins - I need to build some in the summer to cover 130' of frames but sadly they won't be cedar

Thanks
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 17, 2016, 03:19:31 PM
I'll ask for closer pix, Graeme.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on December 17, 2016, 03:27:59 PM
I'll ask for closer pix, Graeme.
cheers Maggi - they look beautifully made - I need to have a trip up north at some stage by the looks
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 19, 2016, 11:45:33 AM
A few pix from John Mitchell to show the frame fixings - he says
"Here is the detail on the frames on the alpine house it just like for like the old system "

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on December 19, 2016, 03:25:13 PM
A few pix from John Mitchell to show the frame fixings - he says
"Here is the detail on the frames on the alpine house it just like for like the old system "
thanks Maggi - that now makes a lot of sence - I could see the pins but not the u shaped fittings they pivot in - I just need to find a supplier for them now
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 19, 2016, 04:03:39 PM
I checked again with John to see if he could give a supplier's name - but they are the original ones from the 1970s being re-used so no details on those available.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on December 19, 2016, 09:51:58 PM
I checked again with John to see if he could give a supplier's name - but they are the original ones from the 1970s being re-used so no details on those available.
thanks Maggi - I have already found some stainless steel fitting that will probably do the trick - I could just do with a team of carpenters for a couple of weeks......
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 19, 2016, 10:25:08 PM
 :) :) :D     - you could try asking Anne W  for a shot of her minions!!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 21, 2016, 03:36:02 PM
Photos from Twitter by Richard Ian Brown  : Elspeth Mackintosh putting the finishing touches to one side of the newly filled alpine house

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on December 21, 2016, 04:28:08 PM
Looking good.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on December 21, 2016, 04:41:48 PM
I'm a big fan of Elspeth!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: astragalus on December 22, 2016, 01:13:28 PM
Looking very good. Great to see it filling up.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 18, 2017, 05:04:23 PM
Flowering today in the RBGE   alpine bulb house -Iris histrio  from Turkey

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on January 19, 2017, 01:45:47 PM
Gymnosperium albertii  at RBGE

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 01, 2017, 12:42:55 PM
The new frames at RBGE are being filled - ready for the replanting of the Epigaea

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on February 01, 2017, 07:38:33 PM
shame to get it dirty  :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 18, 2017, 10:26:01 AM
More photos from Twitter about the continuing work  on the alpine house and frame area at RBGE
The pictures are from Richard Ian Brown who is a Rock and Woodland Garden Horticulturist at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 28, 2017, 03:35:35 PM
Some photos from "behind the scenes" in the Alpine area of RBGE - from Alan Elliott
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 02, 2017, 03:56:14 PM
Latest pix from RBGE - this time from John Mitchell -  laying the screed and placing the slabs - the job is nearly finished.

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Graeme on March 02, 2017, 06:27:08 PM
I do really want that alpine house  :'( - don't envy them laying those stone pavers - I laid 60 sq m last year at home and it nearly killed me

Allionii look fine as well
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: astragalus on March 03, 2017, 01:15:23 PM
Flowering today in the RBGE   alpine bulb house -Iris histrio

That's a really beautiful iris.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 10, 2017, 03:41:09 PM
I'm a big fan of Elspeth!

And yesterday - International Women's Day - saw  the RBGE celebrate Elspeth as one of their heroines...
http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/24021?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter (http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/24021?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter)

Elspeth is also a great active member of the SRGC - so many organisations  being supported so well by the female of the species!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2017, 08:16:31 PM
From an RBGE Tweet : Dionysias in flower

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 01, 2017, 04:45:01 PM
Latest RBGE tweet from Richard Ian Brown‏

@TheBotanics alpine area redevelopment nearing completion, house rebuilt, slabbing renewed & new troughs added

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 03, 2017, 12:16:13 PM

Edinburgh's  Botanics (RBGE) are looking for two new Trustees. Terrific opportunity to shape a world class institution.

This appointment is being advertised on behalf of Scottish Government
Reference:    1201
Remuneration:    Unremunerated
Location:    Edinburgh, City of
Closing Date:    13 April 2017 at midnight

Appointment of Trustees to the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Appointments for four years from July 2017

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two Trustee positions on the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden (RBGE).  The appointments are an opportunity to help shape the future of one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens.

 Read more : http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 07, 2017, 03:51:58 PM
The Alpine Dept. of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh mounts a wonderful display at several SRGC and SRGC/AGS shows - they are always interestingly full of the most delightful plants!( The other week both a Gold Medal for the whole display and a Professional Medal for a pot of Narcissus was awarded to them at the SRGC Kincardine Show -the  Professional Forrest Medal was awarded for this beautiful Narcissus x munozii - garmendiae - now known as N. x susannae shown in the RBGE display )

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We are indeed fortunate - these displays add a great deal to our shows. Looking at these photos the display at the show tomorrow from RBGE Alpine Dept. tomorrow will be even more beautiful than ever! Good luck to Elspeth Mackintosh ( seen in these pix)  and her team!!

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2017, 01:40:58 PM
The RBGE restored Alpine House and refurbished trough area  has reopened in time for Easter -

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2017, 01:48:20 PM
From John Mitchell's Tweet - a look back to the old set-up in 1975....

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Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2017, 01:56:50 PM
and another glimpse from John M. inside  the new Alpine house, looking through to the frames

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on April 14, 2017, 04:26:28 PM
Looks very good indeed.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 02, 2017, 01:02:20 PM
Job on offer at RBGE Alpine Dept. :

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Horticulturist (Rock and Alpine)
Full time, fixed term (9 months), based in Edinburgh
Salary: £17,791 to £19,500 (Pay Band B)

We are looking to recruit a Horticulturist to join the Rock and Alpine team at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for a period of 9 months.

In this job you will be involved in maintaining and enhancing the Living Collection, tasks will include potting, weeding, watering, propagation, planting, cutting grass as well as being involved in project work within the wider Outdoor Living Collections Department.

Applicants should be qualified to SVQ Level 2 or equivalent, have the ability to work to a very high standard, be computer literate, able to work in a group situation or individually, be highly motivated and be a good communicator.  Additionally, the successful candidate should have knowledge of botanical horticulture, garden maintenance, an interest in alpine plants and be experienced in propagation techniques.

Please click here for a full job description and person specification which outlines the key and specific responsibilities as well as the essential and desirable criteria for this post.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter which outlines their suitability for the post as well as a completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by noon on Friday, 19 May 2017.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2017, 12:33:41 PM
Yesterday there was an event at RBGE to celebrate the official opening of the refurbished alpine house, frames and trough area - these photos are from Ian Christie.......
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2017, 12:35:26 PM
more from Ian  the Christie kind.... and moving on to some views around the Gardens
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Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2017, 12:37:14 PM
some more things catching Ian's eye ....

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2017, 12:50:24 PM
Some pix from the evening from Hilary and Graeme Butler of Rumbling Bridge Nursery
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 21, 2017, 03:33:33 PM
Flora of Nepal Trail: Introduction
Many of the plants commonly grown in UK gardens originally came from the Himalayas. Our Flora of Nepal Trail shares the stories of 14 fascinating species of Nepalese plants, some of which you may know and some which are less familiar. Learn how they are used in Nepal and the collectors who brought them back here by exploring the trail.

https://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/25192?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 22, 2017, 09:42:43 AM
I was sitting exams in Edinburgh earlier this week, and blessed with fine weather spent some time in the Botanics. Here are a few shots of the alpine, rock and woodland gardens.

1. The new house and frames are a faithful, like-for-like replacement.
2. Combining shade netting and slatted blinds for excellent shading to keep to house cool and protect the plants from excess sun.
3. Inside, the plants are settling in. The new wire screens (for security) are slightly less obtrusive that the old ones and its possible to get a reasonable photo through the gaps.
4. The shady side.
5. The peat frame.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 22, 2017, 09:47:54 AM

The permanent plantings around the troughs have been left undisturbed. Additional donated troughs have been incorporated.
A silver Saxifrage in full flower, a putful of Celimisia gracilienta (with Dactylorhiza interloper) in the frame and intensely coloured new growth on Schizocodon soldanelloides magnus in the peat frame.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 22, 2017, 09:51:39 AM
Now to the modern tufa house.
1. Plants seem to be establishing in the tufa wall with varying degrees of success. Those on the part fo the wall facing SSE are not so successful.
2. The more easterly facing wall shows better growth.
3. Including Physoplexis comosa.
4. outside the doors is a large boulder planted up with Saxifraga longifolia.
5. Plants in the crevice garden are looking well established.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 22, 2017, 09:59:09 AM
Dianthus were in peak bloom:

1. Dianthus sp. (unlabelled)
2. D. deltoides.
3. D. arenaria
4. D. lumnitzeri

Helichrysum ecklonis was also eye-catching.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 22, 2017, 10:03:29 AM
Also on the rock garden, this blooming Aciphylla looked spectacular.
In the adjacent woodland garden, the Arisaema threaded through all the planting.
Dactylorhiza were also at their best, including D. elata (2).
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Matt T on June 22, 2017, 10:06:19 AM
Fresh new growth on Rhododendron was conspicuous for it's indumentum, silver on R. rex and brown on another unlabelled plant.
Lilies (mainly Lilium martagon) also provided colour in various shades.

RBGE is worth a visit at any time of year.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on October 04, 2017, 12:52:35 PM
Members of the RHS joint Rock Garden Plant Committee were in Edinburgh at the Botanics yesterday  .... members are from RHS, SRGC and AGS -  the pictures were "tweeted"  by David Knott  of RBGE ( Curator of Living Collections at the the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: David Nicholson on October 04, 2017, 04:57:23 PM
Looks as though there are a couple who are younger than I had expected them to be ;)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on October 04, 2017, 05:11:55 PM
Looks as though there are a couple who are younger than I had expected them to be ;)
Possibly students invited to attend, David!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on October 05, 2017, 12:53:52 PM
From an AGS Facebook  post -  pix of the group at Holhird  - where  the weather was not as dry as in Edinburgh!

"This RHS trial of Autumn gentians is in its first year of assessment at Holehird Garden. The RHS forum panel made one of its assessment visits yesterday and were joined by members of the Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee (RHS/AGS/SRGC). There are over 80 entries although some are duplicated from different sources. The best will get an Award of Garden Merit after three years of trial.
It was a wet morning! David Haselgrove"

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on October 05, 2017, 01:18:30 PM
 Holehird was looking better a little later for this pic by Joanne Everson....

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on October 10, 2017, 06:08:58 PM
"It's Open Access Week which might be a good time to remind you about Sibbaldia,  the RBGE open access horticultural journal "

 ...... what a good idea!   
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Post by: Maggi Young on December 14, 2017, 12:53:11 PM
At this time of year the RBGE  goes  "all out" on  special visitor attractions  to celebrate the season -  Sandy Leven has been to the gardens to enjoy the spectacular light shows  being put on there this year - this pdf will give you a feeling for the  event ....   http://files.srgc.net/Showreports/rbge-xmaslights.pdf (http://files.srgc.net/Showreports/rbge-xmaslights.pdf)   

I picked this photo from the show - no colour, just light....
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 22, 2018, 03:25:10 PM
"The Alpine House is displaying the best of spring colour right now. Don't miss this annual spectacle and see the traditional way of growing and displaying alpine plants to best advantage."      http://go.shr.lc/2Cj39C9 (http://go.shr.lc/2Cj39C9)


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 and a  date for the diary..... on  April 28th there will be  t an event with Carol Klein...

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An Afternoon with Carol Klein
An Afternoon with Carol Klein

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Time:
    1.00 pm — 5.00 pm
Location:
    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
Venue:
    Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row
Price:
    £19.50, £35.00 for both events if purchased at the same time
Booking:
    Box Office: http://bit.ly/BotanicEdin (http://bit.ly/BotanicEdin) or Tel: 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 admin fee applies to phone bookings)

One of our most familiar gardening experts in the media today, Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners' World, having featured on (almost) every programme since 2005.  Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure, and she makes a special journey to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for two events.

Event 1: Life in a Cottage Garden. 1.00pm – 2.15pm.  Join Carol for an audio-visual stroll through the seasons in her glorious cottage garden.

Event 2: In Conversation – A Gardener’s Life. 3.45pm – 5.00pm. A fascinating discussion with one of the nation’s most popular and trusted gardening experts, in conversation with BBC Radio Scotland’s Theresa Talbot. 

Both events include a Q&A session and book signing.  Click here  : http://bit.ly/BotanicEdin (http://bit.ly/BotanicEdin)   to buy tickets.

 and an event worth seeing at Logan Botanic  Garden ....
Exhibition - A celebration of Michael Wickenden

Thurs 1 Mar — Mon 30 Apr 2018

Time:
    10.00 am — 12.00 noon
Location:
    Logan Botanic Garden (find us  - http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/logan/how-to-reach-us (http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/logan/how-to-reach-us)  )
Venue:
    Logan Botanic Garden
Booking:
    No booking required

A fabulous exhibition in tribute to the work of this famous planthunter and his development of Cally Gardens. It focuses on a selection of his expeditions includes a selection of his finest photographs of plants, people and landscapes.

Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 19, 2018, 03:21:22 PM
SRGC has  a great record of  assisting  students with grants to attend  the Royal Botanic Garden  Edinburgh
 ( amongst other  places of  study, of course!) so it is with pleasure that we learn of the  new  placement  at RBGE  Alpine  Dept. being offered  by the Alpine Garden Society.

Congratulations to RBGE  and the  AGS for this initiative. You can learn more - as well as how to apply, here :
 http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/alpine-garden-society-to-fund-trainee-placement-at-the-royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh (http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/alpine-garden-society-to-fund-trainee-placement-at-the-royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh)

The SRGC  has also been pleased to offer free student membership of  the Club to those students of horticulture with an interest in alpine plants for some time.

It is  terrific that our organisations do as much as possible to  encourage  students into  "our" field.

It may be worth  reminding  people here of the  CI Hort.  links to sources of student grants - https://www.horticulture.org.uk/grants/ (https://www.horticulture.org.uk/grants/) and , of course,  the SRGC Grants page : http://www.srgc.net/site/index.php/extensions/grants (http://www.srgc.net/site/index.php/extensions/grants)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 06, 2018, 12:17:11 PM
RBGE are looking for two new people to join their hort team - Garden Supervisor (Herbaceous) & Senior Horticulturist (Rock & Alpine).     https://bit.ly/1dsfwbD

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 06, 2018, 06:31:18 PM
Pictures from Richard Ian Brown of RBGE  of the team working on  preparing the plants for the Alpine Dept. RBGE  display at  the SRGC plant show  in Fairmilehead Church Halls, Edinburgh, to moroow, 7th April.

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on April 16, 2018, 04:20:13 PM
Displays by the Alpine Dept. of RBGE  at  Edinburgh SRGC show on  7th April and  at  Hexham AGS/SRGC Show on 14th April  were both awarded  Gold Medals - well done!

 Photo from  John Mitchell of Iris tigridia from western Altai flowering for the first time at Edinburgh Botanics

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 22, 2018, 07:25:22 PM
From Leonie Paterson at RBGE :
" We're working with documentary film crews from China @ TheBotanics at the moment, telling the story of George Forrest, his plant collecting in China at the start of the 20th century and its effect on our science and living collection today."

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As most readers will know, George Forrest  the planthunter  is so very important to Scottish RockGC -we value all explorers but George Forrest is our hero - we named our premier show award in his honour! George Forrest Memorial Medal for Best in Show !

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on August 15, 2018, 01:03:53 PM
News on Twitter from the RBGE  Plant Records Team....

"The new RBGE website is now up and running (and looking good) at http://www.rbge.org.uk (http://www.rbge.org.uk)  now much more picture heavy but still with access to collection data. at bottom of - https://www.rbge.org.uk/collections/ (https://www.rbge.org.uk/collections/) Come and have a look."

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 28, 2019, 02:41:32 PM
Alex O'Sullivan  was the first placement winner as  AGS/RBGE Alpine trainee and  he  has  recently  completed  his internship, having  been a  great success  and  having  enjoyed the  experience  very  much. Alex said "  I'm sad to leave The Botanics but I am taking away a wealth of experience and knowledge, met some fabulous people and plants. All I can say is thanks for the opportunity."
 Alex took part  in some  SRGC Shows  during  his year at  Edinburgh too, and is wished  all the  very  rest  in all his  future endeavours.
 David  Knott of  RBGE wrote  " Sad farewell to Alex our @TheBotanics @Alpinegardensoc Alpine Apprentice after a year of learning practical skills training and fieldwork. Good luck and best wishes for the future #alpineplants #horticulturecareers @GrowCareers"

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The  second  AGS trainee placement (https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/news/rbge-trainee-2019/) at  RBGE  has  been awarded to Sally  Cram.

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Sally has been volunteering at Branklyn Garden in Perth, Scotland, where her love of alpines and woodland plants has developed, along with her practical skills.

We  hope  Sally  gains as  much from her time at  RBGE  as  Alex seems to have  done!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on December 26, 2019, 05:14:44 PM
A dull Boxing Day so good to see some colour  in the RBGE traditional  alpine house. Nerine flexuosa alba then  a form of Narcissus cantabricus. Some small Cyclame cyprium then Crocus niveus
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on December 26, 2019, 05:30:43 PM
Crocus Fontenayi then snowdrops: a form of G elwesii, , G reginae olgae, G rizehensis
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on January 30, 2020, 09:39:07 PM
another visit with more bulbs in flower. Two Cyclamen coum and a C trochopteranthum
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on January 30, 2020, 09:42:18 PM
several crocus and Colchicum kesselringii
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on January 30, 2020, 09:44:58 PM
Five snowdrops Brig. Mathias, Baby Arnott, nivalis white form, pl. Diggory, Sandersii
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on January 30, 2020, 09:48:07 PM
Galanthus Scone hybrid and G woronowii then two different  Gymnospermiums, albertii and smirnovii.
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on January 30, 2020, 09:52:11 PM
Iris Nicolai , I Darkness then  Narcissus bulbocodium paucinervis finally N cantabricus with N romieuxii mesatlanticus
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: angie on February 01, 2020, 06:40:35 PM
Wish my Alpine house could look remotely like that  :'( :'(Thanks for the pictures Stan.

Angie :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Gail on February 01, 2020, 06:46:43 PM
Wish my Alpine house could look remotely like that 
Angie :)
I don't know - the plants look fantastic but I was aghast at the cages - have they had lots of plants stolen?
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 01, 2020, 06:47:38 PM
I don't know - the plants look fantastic but I was aghast at the cages - have they had lots of plants stolen?
Not  since they had the  cages!!   Thy've  been there  for many  years now.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Stan da Prato on February 12, 2020, 01:50:50 PM
Wish my Alpine house could look remotely like that 

Angie :)
Remember  it's a  display house and pots of bulbs move between it and larger growing facilities  not open to the public
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: angie on February 15, 2020, 04:25:24 PM
Remember  it's a  display house and pots of bulbs move between it and larger growing facilities  not open to the public

That’s true but boy it looks good . Shame that they have had to put the wire there. I thought at first it was to keep animals away.

Angie  :)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: fermi de Sousa on February 16, 2020, 09:13:26 AM
.... Shame that they have had to put the wire there. I thought at first it was to keep animals away.

Angie  :)
It is - light-fingered b*****ds  >:(
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ian mcdonald on February 16, 2020, 11:44:00 AM
We have light fingered buzzards around here.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: angie on February 16, 2020, 06:57:18 PM
It is - light-fingered b*****ds  >:(
cheers
fermi

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on February 16, 2020, 09:28:47 PM
Tweets today from Richard Ian Brown (RBGE)

" Great way to end a wild week of crazy weather with the opening of our newly rebuilt recycled plastic ‘wood’ bridge @TheBotanics #rockgarden . A labour of love for Scott Cook over the past few months so it was only fitting he cut the ‘ribbon’ #rbgehort #recycle #bridges "

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Fun ribbon cutting  for #ScottCook after  his efforts  on the  new  bridge - SRGC folks  multi-talented, for  sure !

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"Some images from the build. The old bridge was 20+ yrs old & a little tired, but with good foundations! The surrounding plantings will be developed these coming months to complement the new bridge."

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Scott Cook and  John Mitchell  during work on the  bridge

Thanks  to Richard Ian Brown for tweeting the  photos!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 08, 2020, 02:41:38 PM
From Sunday 1st March,  RBGE will be open daily from 10am-6pm. "That means you get an extra hour to marvel at the annual flowering spectacle in the Alpine House!"

From President Julia Corden :

The Backyard at The RBG Edinburgh amazing amount of back up plants looking great. Plus the lovely new alpine house there ready to start filling with plants!!"   This  new glasshouse which is a bequest from Margaret Stevenson who was a garden guide @TheBotanics and sadly passed away last year

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 08, 2020, 02:44:20 PM
More  of  Julia's  photos  from the  alpine  dept. backyard  at RBGE  ....

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 08, 2020, 02:46:13 PM
SRGC President  Julia Corden trained  at RBGE  - here  are  some  more  pix  of the  Alpine  Display  House  from her  recent  visit :
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 08, 2020, 02:47:24 PM
more  shots from Julia ...
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 08, 2020, 02:48:09 PM
last  couple  from Julia......

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 19, 2020, 01:21:12 PM
Alpine Supervisor  at RBGE John Mitchell takes us on a virtual walk through the Alpine Yard - John is  also Convenor  of the  Edinburgh SRGC Group.

https://www.facebook.com/thebotanics/videos/244345143333344/ (https://www.facebook.com/thebotanics/videos/244345143333344/)
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on June 18, 2020, 03:00:47 PM
RBGE announces  the  re-opening  of  all their  gardens from 1st  July ........
"RBGE
We are so delighted to announce that our four Gardens will reopen on Wednesday 1 July.  It is an ideal opportunity for communities local to the Gardens to reconnect with the wonderful world of plants. Read our reopening update here: https://rbge.org.uk/coronavirus

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2021, 12:49:12 PM
Lovely photo from Kirsty Wilson of the  display  in the  Alpine  House  at RBGEdinburgh this week ....

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2021, 12:56:11 PM
RBGE is  recruiting!

Their  current vacancies include:

Seedling
 Seasonal Visitor Welcome Team Member

 Horticulturist (various positions)

 Head of Major Gifts

 Short Course Programme Coordinator

 Publishing Assistant

Apply now at: http://ow.ly/cQ0450E3tGE


I was rather  shocked to  read that  while   Horticulturalists start on a salary of £20413 ,  the "head of Major  Gifts" - hired on a 7 year  contract to help fundraise, is offered £42k -£44k perv annum.  Well I suppose  if  that person brings in funds of  several  million  pounds that might seem fair,  but  it  speaks volumes about the value  given to the  people  who actually  grow the  plants!  ::) :P 
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:07:43 AM
Photos  kindly shared by   Hannah Wilson ( of RBGE and SRGC Secretary)
Around the  area of the  alpine  houses......

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:09:02 AM

more from around the alpine area and tufa house

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:10:28 AM
In the alpine house ....
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:11:23 AM
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:12:52 AM
still in the alpine house display this week  (This  display changes every week)

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:15:14 AM
more  ..... you can see how  extensive the  weekly display  is!
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:16:21 AM
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:17:33 AM
now, across in the  Rock Garden area .....

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:18:38 AM
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:19:58 AM
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:21:33 AM
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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:23:05 AM
Hannah loves the pulsatillas!

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:24:01 AM
some more  pulsatillas...  and you'll find  some  rhododendron pix from Hannah in the rhodo thread!

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:35:51 AM
Hannah thought there  were  some  saxifrages which were doing well ....

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on March 30, 2021, 11:37:48 AM
a last sax  and  some extras!

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Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: ruweiss on March 31, 2021, 08:55:50 PM
So many beautiful things - many thanks for showing.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 01, 2021, 12:55:28 PM
The Northern Lads :The Migration of Scottish Gardeners with Especial Reference to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


    Ron McEwen Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24823/Sibbaldia.2013.55

https://journals.rbge.org.uk/rbgesib/article/view/55

Abstract:
 It is well known that a disproportionate number of plant collectors for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the late 18th and 19th centuries were Scottish gardeners. Another important source of plants for Kew in its early days were the specialist London plant nurseries that were run by Scots. Less well known is the preponderance of Scots found in other areas of Kew’s work – gardeners in charge of the botanic garden, curators of various departments and gardeners who transferred to colonial botanic gardens. This Scottish phenomenon was not unique to Kew: it was found in other botanical and non-botanical institutions in London and the provinces. This paper charts the extent of the phenomenon and, on the basis of 18th- and 19th-century sources, analyses its causes.
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 21, 2021, 01:34:24 PM
There's a new exhibition at RBGE -
Are you ready to discover the captivating photography of @LevonBissPhoto?

A new exhibition, “The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruit: The Botanical Photography of Levon Biss”, opens next Friday (28 May) in the John Hope Gateway.

Discover more at: https://rbge.org.uk/levonbiss

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Title: RBGE- Elspeth Mackintosh retires after 32 years !
Post by: Maggi Young on July 03, 2021, 09:41:20 PM
After thirty-two years work at RBGE - building a lasting legacy in the Alpine  Dept., Elspeth Mackintosh has retired from her  post. These  photos were shown by David Knott, Curator of Living Collections at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, on Twitter  to mark the  event.
Elspeth has been an active member  of  SRGC too, of course, and is well known to all those  who have enjoyed her spectacularly planned displays from RBGE  at SRGC and AGS shows.  Showing these  happy snaps from Elspeth's retirement "bash", David Knott wrote : Happy retirement Elspeth Mackintosh after 32 years nurturing @TheBotanics  #Alpine plants. #rbgehort #alpineplants #lastinglegacy "

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Elspeth was one  of  Alf Evans' RBGE Angels - and we wish her great happiness in a long retirement!
Title: Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2022, 05:55:36 PM
Join #teamRBGE ❕
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh are looking for a whole new crop of enthusiastic people to join their team.

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🌱 Horticulturist (Rock & Alpine)
🍒 Finance and Insights Officer
🍃 Learning Technologist
💐 Senior Horticulturist (Herbaceous)

Follow the link below for more information
https://bit.ly/2Qj4LZu
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