Edinburgh’s First Plant Science Network Launched

New network aims to raise the profile of Edinburgh’s world class plant science research and harness the power of collaboration. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh proved to be the perfect venue for the launch of the capital’s new network for plant science, Edinburgh Plant Science (EPS).

Winter lecture programme published

The Botanical Society of Scotland's 2014/5 Winter lecture programme has been published and can be downloaded as a pdf file here. All of the Society's lecture are free (although talks held in association with with other organisation may have a modest charge).

A short Flora of Berwickshire by Michael Braithwaite


Michael Braithwaite

A short Flora of Berwickshire by Michael Braithwaite, will be published privately in October 2014. This is the first Flora of Berwickshire since 1853 and is the culmination of 35 seasons field - recording by the author with help from local and visiting botanists together with extensive research into historical records.

“Identifying Wild Flower Families” Workshops.


Dr Faith Anstey

This spring the BSBI has joined forces with Plantlife to offer three separate fascinating one-day workshops led by Dr Faith Anstey, to help you learn how to identify wild flowers by studying the families they belong to.

BSS Constitution updated and approved at the September AGM

At the Botanical Society Scotland's annual general meeting held on the 19th Sept 2013 the Society's constitution was updated, members wishing to have a copy of the constitution can download it here.

Field Meeting to Bellhaven Bay rescheduled


Dr Richard Milne

The postponed excursion from last weekend, to Belhaven Bay, will now take place tomorrow (Sunday 29th September). Meet in West Barns opposite the pub at 11am, the 106 bus from Edinburgh leaving at 9.56 from S St David Street.


The AGM meeting will be asked to vote on two important issues relating to a proposal to change the Society's charitable status to a new form, the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation or SCIO - please read on.

Botanical Society of Edinburgh's Centenary Tea Party, 1936


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), 20a Inverleith Row

A 16mm cine film of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh's Centenary Tea Party, 1936, has been unearthed from the RBGE Archives

Petition to save St Andrews Botanic Garden

St Andrews Botanic Garden is under threat of closure due to insufficient funding (see also News Item 4th April).

You can sign a petition against the closure of the Garden by going to and clicking on "Sign the Save the Garden Petition". The petition closes on 5 May and will be presented to the University in June together with a business plan for the Garden's future development.

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