Plant Collecting for the Ecological Garden and the Scottish Heath Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

  • Gordon Schofield Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
  • Andrew McGinn Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
  • Natacha Frachon Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
  • Heather McHaffie Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

Abstract

The Ecological and Heath Gardens at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh were created in 1991 and 1997 respectively. The Ecological Garden started as a naturalistic area of native woodland plants where cryptogams were encouraged to grow. Building on its success other habitat types were created nearby. The Heath Garden replaced an older heather garden and sought to recreate the ‘feel’ of a Scottish upland heathland. In recent years additional wild origin material of conservation concern has been added to each Garden and this paper describes the process along with some of the plants selected.

Author Biographies

Gordon Schofield, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Gordon Schofield is a Horticulturist in the Outdoor Living Collections Department at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Andrew McGinn, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Andrew McGinn is a Horticulturist in the Outdoor Living Collections Department at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Natacha Frachon, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Natacha Frachon is co-ordinator of RBGE’s Target 8 (of the GSPC) Project
Heather McHaffie, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Heather McHaffie is co-ordinator at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Scottish Plant Project which is run in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Published
2007-10-31
How to Cite
Schofield, G., McGinn, A., Frachon, N., & McHaffie, H. (2007). Plant Collecting for the Ecological Garden and the Scottish Heath Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (5), 129-139. https://doi.org/10.24823/Sibbaldia.2007.13
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