The buzz around Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic GardenThe Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a must-see for any visitor tired of the city’s streets and longing to sample a taste of Edinburgh’s rich horticultural history.
Originally founded in 1670 as a physic garden dedicated to the growing of medicinal plants, the RBGE now covers four areas – one in Edinburgh, another in Dawyck near the Borders, Benmore in Argyll and Logan in Galloway.
Just one mile from city centre, the Edinburgh site gives visitors tranquillity and peace amongst its 72 acres of beautiful scenery. The Garden houses a host of unusual and stunning plants and is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest gardens in the world.
There are plenty of opportunities to expand your mind from within the Garden, from the award-winning art gallery at Inverleith House to an educational tour of the world’s ecology in its grand glasshouses. The Garden also offers visitors the chance to take a stroll through a selection of impressive Redwood trees in the Woodland Garden or explore its world renowned rock garden.
Open all year and offering free admission, the garden also has a fabulous Botanics Shop, which contains a great range of gifts, souvenirs, crafts and plants, and a Terrace Cafe serving a delicious selection of food and drink.
The RBGE regularly hosts a popular programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. Running from February to the beginning of June, the Garden is currently holding events inspired by new research into bee populations in urban areas. The programme’s interactive exhibition features life sized models of bees, information on these honey-loving insects and educational activities and games, as well as further information on the academic research into urban pollinators in the UK’s cities.
The Garden has previously hosted a diverse range of events such as an ‘Edible Garden’ project to encourage visitors to cultivate their own produce at home, ‘Wild Plants in Music’ concert featuring Baroque and contemporary compositions and other exhibitions and activities that are sure to entertain.