Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Publications Catalogue 


Welcome to the catalogue of publications available from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Here you’ll find books published by RBGE; and others, published elsewhere, which have strong links with it.

The books listed are available by mail order from the Publications Department (unless otherwise indicated). They are also for sale in the Botanics Shops at Edinburgh, Benmore, Logan and Dawyck.

The Botanics magazine

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh publishes a 16-page full-colour magazine quarterly – in March, June, September and December.

Free copies are available to visitors at the four Gardens. However, if you wish to have the magazine delivered to your door, please consider becoming a Member of the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland. Click here  to find our more about Membership.


Books about our Gardens


4 Gardens in One

by Deni Bown; edited by Alan P. Bennell & Norma M. Gregory (1992)
Softback (published by HMSO): ISBN 0 11 494210 2, viii + 212pp, £18.95 plus £3.00 p+p

Hardback (published by RBGE): ISBN 1 872291 08 2, viii + 212pp, £26.95 plus £3.50 p+p (NB: wholesale orders – 25% discount only)

This splendid volume tells the story of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, from its founding in 1670 as a small Physic Garden in the shadow of Holyrood Palace, to its status today as one of the world's great botanical institutions.

Horticultural writer and photographer Deni Bown provides a glimpse of the vital scientific research into plants and their conservation, and guides the reader season by season around each of the four gardens that comprise the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Over 300 photographs bring to life the exotic riches at Inverleith in the heart of Edinburgh, a highland hillside at the Benmore Botanic Garden in Argyll, a subtropical oasis at Logan Botanic Garden in Wigtownshire and a Borders glen at Dawyck Botanic Garden in Peeblesshire – truly 4 Gardens in One!


Catalogue of Plants 2001

edited by Rebecca Govier, Kerry S. Walter, David Chamberlain et al. (2001)
ISBN 1 872291 98 8, softback, xc + 594pp, £20.00 incl. p+p within UK

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is, in terms of the size of its living collections, the seventh largest botanic garden in the world. On average, fourteen new accessions are added to the collection every day. A total of

This catalogue is a useful reference for those interested in the dynamics, history and diversity of RBGE’s living collections: 20,390 taxa (6% of the world’s flowering plants) grown at Inverleith, the three specialist gardens, and the external sites of the International Conifer Conservation Programme. All are listed in this catalogue, along with statistics enabling the reader to place RBGE in a global context. In addition there is a thought-provoking essay on biodiversity and the role of botanic gardens.

For the first time, the catalogue features 16 pages of colour plates. There are also 36 fine botanical line drawings and 32 vignettes giving an insight into current projects at the Garden.

Garden guidebooks, maps and leaflets


Inverleith Guidebook

ISBN 1 872291 27 9, softback, 44pp, £3.50 plus 70p p+p


Logan Botanic Garden Guidebook

ISBN 1 872291 36 8, softback, 36pp, £2.50 plus 70p p+p


Dawyck Botanic Garden Guidebook

ISBN 1 872291 92 9, softback, 36pp, £2.50 plus 70p p+p


Inverleith Map Leaflet

50p incl. p+p


Logan Botanic Garden Map Leaflet

50p incl. p+p

Dawyck Botanic Garden Map Leaflet

50p incl. p+p


Flora of India Trail

(at Inverleith)
£1.00 incl. p+p

Heron Wood Cryptogamic Sanctuary and Reserve

(at Dawyck Botanic Garden)
40p incl. p+p


Fungi of the Heron Wood Cryptogamic Sanctuary and Reserve

(at Dawyck Botanic Garden)
40p incl. p+p


Wonder at Your Feet Trail

(at Dawyck Botanic Garden)
75p incl. p+p


David Douglas Trail

(at Dawyck Botanic Garden)
50p incl. p+p


General Interest

Indian Botanical Drawings 1793–1868

by Henry J. Noltie (1999)
ISBN 1 872291 23 6, limpbound with jacket, 100pp with 62 colour plates and 20 colour figures, 290mm X 170mm, £19.95 plus £2.00 p+p

The links between the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and India go back for two centuries. Medics who studied botany in the Garden as part of their training laid the foundations of our knowledge of the Indian flora. This study entailed the making of dried herbarium specimens and writing plant descriptions. The botanists also commissioned Indian artists to make paintings of the plants to supplement the specimens and written descriptions. Much of this material was sent back to Britain where it survives in collections such as that at Edinburgh.

This book tells the story of these collections, with an emphasis on the paintings, which have languished largely unknown in the Library of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A selection of 62 of these spectacular illustrations was conserved and exhibited in Inverleith House in 1998, as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Indian Independence. These are reproduced in full colour.

A selection of greeting cards and prints of some of the images is also available – details on request.


Scottish Wild Plants: their history, ecology and conservation

by Phil Lusby & Jenny Wright; photographs by Sidney Clarke (1996)
Softback (published by the Stationery Office): ISBN 0 11 495802 5, viii + 116pp, £12.95 plus £1.50 p+p
Hardback (published by RBGE): ISBN 1 872291 17 1, viii + 116pp, £19.95 plus £2.00 p+p 
(NB: wholesale orders – 25% discount only)

This attractive book publicises the wealth of Scotland's native flora by highlighting a selection of over 40 of the rarest species. The text focuses on their features of interest, the history of their discovery and in some cases the complicated story of their correct identification, their particular ecological needs and current status. The beauty of these plants, and the range of plant types are superbly captured by colour photographs. These also illustrate the variety of Scottish habitats in which these species grow.

The history and development of our Scottish flora and the main environmental features that determine its variation are described. A regional survey of habitats highlights many of the most important botanical areas in Scotland. Threats to our native plants and current initiatives to protect them through legislation, habitat protection and careful management are also discussed.


Field Key to Wild Orchids of Scotland

by Patrick Woods and Mary Bates (1993)
HMSO, ISBN 0 11 495105 5, softback, ii + 30pp, £1.95 plus 60p p+p

A pocket-sized reproduction of the field key with fine line drawings. Ideal for identification in the field.


The Scottish Garden

by Brinsley Burbidge; text by Fay Young (1989)

Softback (RBGE): ISBN 1 872291 22 8, 168pp, £9.99 plus £2.50 p+p
Hardback (Moubray House Publishing): ISBN 0 948473 12 6, 168pp, £14.95 plus £3.00 p+p

The Scottish Garden presents a unique photographic record of many of Scotland's finest gardens, from Logan Botanic Garden in the far southwest to the Castle of Mey on the north coast of Caithness. It includes full-colour photographs of over 50 gardens – personal and evocative images all of which demonstrate the presence of a real sense of Scottishness. Fay Young provides a perceptive commentary.


A Pioneering Plantsman: A. K. Bulley and the Great Plant Hunters

by Brenda McLean (1997)
ISBN 0 11 250018 8, 180pp, £29.00 plus £3.50 p+p

With a nose for profit and a love of flowers, Liverpool cotton broker Arthur K. Bulley (1861–1942) paid intrepid men to scour the mountains of China and the Himalayas for alpine and hardy plants. He launched the careers of plant hunters George Forrest and Frank Kingdon Ward, who subsequently discovered many new garden species. Using his letters, McLean portrays Bulley as a colourful eccentric with a passion for new plants. Although refusing the RHS's highest award, his gardens, now Ness Botanic Gardens, celebrated their centenary in 1997, and Bulley and the Bees Nursery he founded live on in the names of garden plants today.


A Quest for Chilean Plants

by Peter Baxter et al. with foreword by Roy Lancaster
ISBN 1 872291 67 8, softback, 32pp, £6.95 plus £1.00 p+p

This book is a thrilling account of two plant-collecting expeditions to Chile and explains how the collections were processed and researched. It also includes sections on the history of the introduction and cultivation of Chilean plants and RBGE's present-day involvement with them.

A Quest for Chilean Plants is fully illustrated with colour photographs of the plants, people and landscapes encountered, from the Atacama Desert through to threatened coastal forests, the Andes and the island of Chiloé. All income from the sales of this book will go towards conservation initiatives for Chilean plants.


A Desert Notebook

by Ian Darwin Edwards & David Mitchell with illustrations by Graizella Smith (2000)
ISBN 1 872291 73 2, softback, 12pp, £1.75 plus £1.00 p+p

Deserts may be stony, flat or mountainous, hot or cold; however, they are all dry. In these arid lands life has have adapted to survive with very low levels of water. 'A Desert Notebook' helps you explore the deserts of the world, discovering about the plants, animals and people who make arid lands their home. Can be used on the Arid Land House 'Story Path'.


Flora of Bhutan


In 1975 the Royal Government of Bhutan commissioned the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to produce the first-ever Flora of this fascinating country.

Volume 1 (3 parts) covers 85 families, including conifers and most other tree families and Leguminosae, Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae and Euphorbiaceae:

Vol. 1 Parts 1–3 offered at £34.00 plus £4.00 p+p

Volume 2 (3 parts) covers 99 families, including Ericaceae, Compositae, Gentianaceae, Umbelliferae and Labiatae:

Volume 3 (3 parts) covers 46 families of monocotyledons, including Gramineae, Orchidaceae, Liliaceae and Iridaceae.


The Orchids of Bhutan

by N.R. Pearce and P.J. Cribb. Illustrated by Susanna Stuart-Smith (2002)
ISBN 1 872291 19 8, hardback, c. 900pp (incl.135pp line drawings) + 32pp colour plates, £50 plus £6.50 p+p

The Orchids of Bhutan forms the concluding part of the Flora of Bhutan. Orchidaceae is the largest family in the area, with species being found from sub-tropical forests to alpine meadows. This range of habitats, together with the geographical position of Bhutan, accounts for the huge diversity of the family. No fewer than 132 genera and 579 species from the area are confirmed and described.

Dr Nicolas Pearce is an Honorary Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and co-author of The Orchids of Belize. Dr Phillip Cribb is Deputy Keeper of the Herbarium and Curator of the Orchid Herbarium at Kew.


Bamboos of Bhutan

by Chris Stapleton (1994)
RBG Kew, ISBN 0 947643 67 2, softback, iv + 67pp, £4.50 plus 70p p+p


Bamboos of Nepal

by Chris Stapleton (1994)
RBG Kew, ISBN 0 947643 68 0, softback, iv + 67pp, £4.50 plus 70p p+p


Rhododendron publications

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has been a world centre for the study of rhododendrons since it began to acquire the collections of Forrest, Rock and Kingdon Ward at the beginning of the 20th century. While the Garden has been recognised for most of that time for its contribution to the classification of Sino-Himalayan rhododendrons, the past 20 years has seen an increased interest in the study of the vireyas, a tropical group of rhododendrons largely from SE Asia. As a result of this research interest in the genus, the Garden now manages one of the most comprehensive living collections in the world, containing about half of all described rhododendron species.

Notes From the RBGE/Edinburgh Journal of Botany

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has published a series of monographs on the genus Rhododendron in Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its successor Edinburgh Journal of Botany. The classification used derives from that proposed by Sleumer (Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 79: 297–393, 1949).

A revision of Rhododendron. I. Subgenus Rhododendron sections Rhododendron and Pogonanthum, by J. Cullen. Notes RBGE, Vol. 39, No. 1 (1980). £6.00 plus £1.50 p+p

A revision of Rhododendron. II. Subgenus Hymenanthes, by D. F. Chamberlain. Notes RBGE, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1982). £6.00 plus £1.50 p+p

A revision of Rhododendron. III. Subgenera Azaleastrum, Mumeazalea, Candidastrum and Therorhodion, by W. R. Philipson & M. N. Philipson. Notes RBGE, Vol. 44, No. 1 (1986). [Available only as photocopied reprint.] £4.00 plus £1.00 p+p

A revision of Rhododendron. IV. Subgenus Tsutsusi, by D. F. Chamberlain & S. J. Rae. Edinb. J. Bot., Vol. 47, No. 2 (1990). £20.00 plus £1.50 p+p

A revision of Rhododendron. V. Section Pentanthera, by K. A. Kron. Edinb. J. Bot., Vol. 50, No. 3 (1993). £23.00 plus £1.50 p+p

A revision of Rhododendron. VI. Subgenus Pentanthera (Sections Sciadorhodion, Rhodora and Viscidula), by W. S. Judd & K. A. Kron. Edinb. J. Bot., Vol. 52, No. 1 (1995). Available only from Cambridge University Press (link to


The Genus Rhododendron: Its Classification and Synonymy

by David Chamberlain et al. (1996)
ISBN 1 872291 66 X, softback, viii + 184pp, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p

This publication contains alphabetical and taxonomic lists of names in the genus Rhododendron, (published up to the end of 1995 and based on the series of monographs detailed above. However, it incorporates adjustments resulting from recent international research. It also includes an alphabetical list of Biological Recording Unit codes along with a record of the accepted taxa that occur in each, plus a list of the living collections of Rhododendron at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

While names of known hybrids are included, those taxa regarded as cultivars are not. Names for more recently described species, subspecies and varieties are also given where they are known to the authors.


Accepted names in Rhododendron section Vireya

by George Argent et al. (1996)
ISBN 1 872291 56 2, softback, ii + 40pp, £3.00 plus £1.00 p+p

This booklet lists all currently accepted Vireya names together with their synonyms, plus provides a complete alphabetical listing of all published names. It has been produced to draw together the main taxonomic changes that have occurred at the species level or below since Professor Sleumer's major publication in Flora Malesiana in 1966.

These lists, like those in The Genus Rhododendron, were generated from the information held on the Garden's database, BG-BASE™.

Mycological Publications


British Fungus Flora (Agarics and Boleti) is a series about the larger fungi of the British Isles. It is suitable for the dedicated amateur and the professional.

Eight parts of the Flora have been published so far. Parts 1–4 are currently out of print, but other Parts are available as detailed below. In all Parts, keys to sections and species are given together with full descriptions of the taxa based on personal observations of the executive editors or, in the case of rare species, on authoritative descriptions of material. Many species are illustrated by line drawings. Colours are described using the Colour Identification Chart.

Part 5. Strophariaceae & Coprinaceae p.p. by R. Watling & N. M. Gregory (1987)
ISBN 0 9504270 7 1, softback, ii + 122pp, £8.00 plus £1.50 p+p

Part 6. Crepidotaceae, Pleurotaceae and other pleurotoid agarics by R. Watling & N. M. Gregory (1990)
ISBN 1 872291 00 7, softback, ii + 158pp, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p

Part 7. Cortinariaceae p.p. by R. Watling, N. M. Gregory & P. D. Orton (1993)
ISBN 1 872291 09 0, softback, iv + 132pp, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p

Part 8. Cantharellaceae, Gomphaceae and xeruloid and amyloid-spored members of Tricholomataceae (excl. Mycena) by R. Watling & E. Turnbull
ISBN 1 872291 82 1, softback, iv + 192pp, £12.50 plus £1.50 p+p (includes Colour Identification Chart)

Colour Identification Chart (1969)
SBN 11 490230 5, 50p including p+p or supplied free with each Part purchased.


Children and Toxic Fungi: The essential medical guide to fungal poisoning in children

by Roy Watling (1995)
ISBN 1 872291 16 3, softback, 56pp, £10.00 plus £1.00 p+p

An authoritative yet easy-to-use guide to the identification of fungi – both toxic and harmless – likely to be encountered by young children. It enables a quick assessment of the fungus involved, so treatment can be undertaken and a decision made as to whether an expert should be consulted.


Australian Boletes

by Li Tai Hui & Roy Watling (1999)
ISBN 1 872291 28 7, softback, iii + 71pp, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p

It is believed that many questions in bolete evolution may be answered by examination of the Australian bolete mycota. This book is the first step on which to base further studies.


The Fungus Flora of Shetland

by Roy Watling (1992)
ISBN 1 872291 07 4, softback, iv + 98pp, £8.00 plus £1.50 p+p

This book, compiled from the results of six years of collecting combined with literature records and other collectors' notes, lists nearly 1000 taxa and gives details of their habitat and distribution.


The Fungus Flora of Orkney

by Roy Watling, Tom Eggeling & Evelyn Turnbull (1999)
ISBN 1 872291 97 X, softback, vi + 124pp, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p

The Orkney mycota can be considered as an extension of that of mainland Scotland. This book lists the c.1500 species, 26 of which are new to Britain, that are found there and gives details of their habitat and distribution.


The Fungal Flora of Mull – Additions

by Roy Watling (1985)
ISBN 0 9504270 3 9, softback, 32pp, 50p plus 40p p+p

A commentary on the fungal flora of the island of Mull, with particular emphasis on the macrofungi, introduces a systematically arranged list of additions to the fungal flora originally published in The Island of Mull by the British Museum in 1978.


Manuals of Dipterocarps for Foresters

Dipterocarps are the most important timber trees of western Malesia. Until now, lack of ability by foresters to recognize individual species has hampered balanced exploitation, and meant that conservation, ecological research, and inventory and silvicultural work have been poorly focused. This series, by M. F. Newman, P. F. Burgess and T. C. Whitmore,

makes it easy to identify any timber-producing dipterocarp tree in the forest.

Each Manual has descriptions and keys written in simple, non-technical language, line drawings of leaves and fruits, and drawings and photographs of bark. Accompanying each book is an IBM-compatible diskette containing an easy-to-use multi-access key, backed up by descriptions, maps and drawings.

Java to New Guinea

RBGE and Center for International Forestry Research (1998), ISBN 1 872291 62 7, softback, x + 110pp, £10.00 incl. p+p


Borneo Island Medium and Heavy Hardwoods

RBGE and Center for International Forestry Research (1998), ISBN 1 872291 57 0, softback, x + 230pp, £20.00 incl. p+p


Borneo Island Light Hardwoods

RBGE and Center for International Forestry Research (1996), ISBN 1 872291 76 7, softback, x + 278pp, £20.00 incl. p+p


Sumatra Medium and Heavy Hardwoods

RBGE and Center for International Forestry Research (1998), ISBN 1 872291 52 X, softback, x + 158pp, £15.00 incl. p+p


Sumatra Light Hardwoods

RBGE and Center for International Forestry Research (1996), ISBN 1 872291 91 0, softback, x + 158pp, £15.00 incl. p+p



RBGE and Center for International Forestry Research (1996), ISBN 1 872291 61 9, softback, x + 126pp, £10.00 incl. p+p



RBGE (1995), ISBN 1 872291 31 7, softback, x + 94pp, £10.00 incl. p+p


Available as sets (incl. p+p within UK):


Foresters' CD-ROM Manual: Malesian Dipterocarps

RBGE (1999), £20.00 plus £1.00 p+p

This CD-ROM consolidates the information in the printed books and adds the species of Peninsular Malaysia that they did not cover, providing a convenient single source of information on this important family of the Eastern rain forests.


Manuals for the Larger and More Important 
Non-Dipterocarp Trees of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Edited by G. Argent, A. Saridan, E.J.F. Campbell et al.

These two volumes aim to help foresters and other interested forest users to name these large trees from first principles in the forest. They do not attempt to be new taxonomy, but try to bring together, in a simple and straightforward fashion, the best and most up-to-date accounts of the tree species that occur in Borneo. They also contain many original observations from the authors' field and herbarium experience and many of the keys are completely new.

These volumes mainly deal with trees likely to exceed normal commercial timber size in Central Kalimantan. Nearly 1000 species of tree are keyed from family to species. Most of these are described and there are over 200 species newly illustrated. Records from adjoining provinces are given, as well as more general distributions and known uses. There is an extensive and well-illustrated glossary of the terms, so that the field worker need not be hampered by lack of general library facilities. The complete project was funded jointly by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and DfID.

Volume 1
Published by Forest Research Institute, Samarinda, Indonesia (1997), © RBGE (1999)
ISBN 1 872291 48 1, hardback, xxvi + 341pp

Volume 2
Published by Forest Research Institute, Samarinda, Indonesia (1997), © RBGE (1999)
ISBN 1 872291 53 8, hardback, iii + 364pp

Available only as a set at £30.00 plus £3.50 p+p

Laboratory Manual of Plant Cytological Techniques

by Kwiton Jong (1997)
ISBN 1 872291 42 2, softback, vi + 96pp, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p

Information from chromosomes is of great value to plant taxonomists and researchers aiming to conserve genetic resources and biodiversity. Following the Rio Convention, taxonomy is enjoying a resurgence of interest and support, yet there remains an urgent need for the training of cytologists to provide vital baseline data for taxonomic and systematic studies.

This Manual aims to provide easy access to well-tried protocols for obtaining good chromosome preparations. It is invaluable for those with little or no experience in this field; they will appreciate the step-by-step, easy-to-follow schedules, hints and suggestions that will help towards getting useful cytological data, making 'having another go' less daunting.


Exhibition Catalogues


Hellen van Meene - New Photos Japan
2002, ISBN 3-88375-576, 1205mm x 205mm x 25mm, £14.00 +p&p

Specially designed box set of 33 individual cards comprising an interview with the artist, biographical information and 31 colour Illustrated postcards in a specially designed box


Alan Charlton at Inverleith House

2002, ISBN 1 87028091 1, 48 pages b&w, 250mm x 210mm, £8.00 + p&p

Recent paintings by the celebrated minimalist artist.


Franz West

Text by Paul Nesbitt, Henry Noltie, Achim Hochdorfer and Daniel Birnbaum
ISBN 1880154587, 76 pages full colour throughout, 240mm x 330mm, £25 + p&p


Rory McEwen: 'The Botanical Paintings'

1988, ISBN 0 9504270 8 X, 84pp, 215mm x 177mm, £8.00 plus £1.00 p+p


John Hutton Balfour's Botanical Teaching Diagrams (1840–1879) and New Work by Laura Owens (1999–2000)

2000, ISBN 1 872291 68 6, 44pp, 200mm x 165mm, £10.00 plus £1.50 p+p


Callum Innes 1990–1996

1996, ISBN 1 872291 86 4, 36pp, 297mm x 297mm, £15.00 plus £1.50 p+p


Myron Stout

1998, ISBN 1 872291 72 4, 40pp, 237mm x 180mm, £8.00 plus £1.50 p+p


Alan Johnston: 'Inverleith House: Haus Wittgenstein'

1999, ISBN 1 872291 32 5, 32pp, 310mm x 270mm, £12.00 plus £1.50 p+p


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