Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to give the garden its full name is a beautiful garden and also scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation. The garden was originally founded nearly 350 years ago in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants. However roll forward to today and the gardens occupy four sites across Scotland, in Edinburgh, Dawyck, Logan and Benmore each with their own specialist botanic collection. The Botanic Gardens living plant collections contain more than 13,300 individual  plant species, whilst the herbarium contains in excess of 3 million preserved specimens.

The Herbarium in the gardens is a large and important botanical collection, it contains in excess of 3 million specimens, many of which date back to the early Scottish Plant hunters.. Prior to the formation of the Herbarium, plant collections tended to be the private property of the Regius Keeper. The Herbarium in its present form came with the fusion of the collections of the University of Edinburgh and the Botanical Society of Edinburgh in 1839-40.

Over the years, a large number of collections have been added, belonging to individuals such as R.K. Greville and John Hutton Balfour, and institutions including the Universities of Glasgow, St Andrews and Hull. The most important historical collection is that of George Walker Arnott, which came with the University of Glasgow's foreign herbarium deposited on permanent loan in 1965. This collection contains specimens from all the major mid-19th century collectors, especially from India, North and South America, and South Africa, including type material of species described by ‘Hooker & Arnott'. From the early 20th century, collections have been made by members of staff.

Edinbugh itself is a fantastic city that is geared up to tourism. It is a World Heritage Site, and highlights include historical sites such as Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood and the Old and New Towns. The Holiday Inn Edinburgh and Edinburgh City West hotels would make a great base for your stay to explore the gardens and the city itself

1 comment:

  1. Dear diligent gardener I love the Edinburgh Botanic gardens and enjoyed this herbarium information.


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