Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the world’s leading scientific botanic gardens, renowned for the excellence of its plant research, horticulture and education.  Its scientists work in more than 55 countries around the world, describing new species and conserving plants that are threatened in the wild.

The organisation’s new Corporate Strategy (2021-2026) and Biodiversity Strategy (2021-2030) are a direct response to the global challenges of the climate emergency and biodiversity loss.  Never has the Garden’s work been more important than now.

The Garden’s mission is: “To explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future”.  For more info, visit

RBGE’s four Gardens form part of Scotland’s National Collections.  They are Edinburgh, Dawyck, Logan and Benmore.  RBGE’s flagship Edinburgh Garden is a five-star visitor attraction.  The Gardens combined attract over 1m visitors a year alongside this the garden offers a range of venues and is a popular place for holding events offering a unique setting and further opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

RBGE cares for a Living Collection of over 13,700 plant species, a herbarium containing over two million dried plant specimens and a library and archive containing original botanical drawings and rare books. The Garden is now entering an exciting new phase of development with a major seven year restoration and development project, Edinburgh Biomes.

RBGE is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), principally Scottish Government-funded and partly self-funded through commercial, admissions and donations.  The organisation is a registered charity in Scotland (no: SC007983) and is managed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Ministers.