Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) extends over four gardens and boasts a vibrant collection of plants that botanists from around the world travel to see. RBGE's mission involves "exploring and explaining the world of plants for a better future". Their experts are keen to pass on their enthusiasm for horticultural life and continue their groundbreaking conservation work.

RBGE recently opened its gates for a special one-off event called 'Botanics Late'. Events such as this are supported by our players who have funded RBGE with an amazing £200,000 to date.

Over the course of an evening, guests were invited to examine the wild diversity of plantlife at the gardens and enjoy the fine entertainment and refreshments on offer. The theme of the evening was 'indigenous' with a special focus on the relationship between science, nature and culture. As well as portraying aspects of Scottish culture, this event showcased elements of life in Colombia.

Speaking at Botanics Late, James Richardson, Head of Tropical Biogeography and Evolution at RBGE, said, "The event we're running today is highlighting aspects of the culture of Colombia so we've got a Colombian band here today who will be playing songs from a variety of different places throughout Colombia. We're also working on indigenous culture here in Scotland. We also have a Scottish folk singer, Mairi Campbell, who is performing as well as part of the event.”Guests had the opportunity to become artists themselves and experiment using Colombian beads in specialist workshops. There was face painting and chocolate tasting on offer, much to everyone's delight. At RBGE's contemporary art gallery at Inverleith House, guests were also able to enjoy artist Corin Sworn's exhibition, The Rag Papers.

'Botanics Late' has proven to be a great way to generate new interest in RGBE and the fantastic work its dedicated team are carrying out. Many attendees were keen to express their enjoyment of the evening and their future plans to visit the gardens with family and friends. To find out more about other cultural events like this visit the RBGE website.

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