About Us

Founded in 1670, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is renowned as one of the world's leading botanic gardens. Our aim is to explore and explain the world of plants, the basis of all life on our planet. Our core activities include:

  • Science: we discover and research plant species in over 80 countries, to help build inventories of the life on our planet, and inform active programmes of nature conservation.
  • Conservation: we use scientific data to underpin major conservation programmes in Scotland and around the world e.g. species recovery
  • Education: our education programme is the widest of any botanical garden, from schools education to Ph.D. courses.
  • Visitor Attraction: our four Gardens are important visitor attractions for Scotland, receiving over 875,000 visitors every year. They help increase access for diverse audiences to horticulture, environmental science, arts and heritage.

A third of the world's plants face extinction over the next fifty years and your support has never been more vital. You can contribute through one of our Celebrate Life programmes or by making a general or in memorium donation. Alternatively, you can support us by becoming a member or volunteer. Please visit our website to find out more at www.rbge.org.uk, or call us on 0131 248 2855.


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)