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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Library at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) houses amongst its varied collections a wealth of archive material of local, national and international importance. Founded in 1670 as a Physic Garden for the study of medicinal plants, RBGE has since occupied several sites around Edinburgh, growing in size and scope with every move, collecting plants and information from around the World.

The RBGE Archives hold papers and images relating mainly to the history of the Garden and its plant collectors. This includes the correspondence of many of the Garden's Regius Keepers (Directors), and letters, photographs and plant notes made by collectors such as George Forrest, Reginald Farrer and Joseph Rock. We also hold much of the archives of the Botanical Society of Scotland and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

These collections are used extensively for historical research on botany, horticulture, plant collecting, biographical and related studies.

The Archives are open to researchers on an appointment basis.

Address: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR.

Telephone: +44 0131 248 2852

Fax: +44 0131 248 2901


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