Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 248 2909
  • Seasonal times 1 Mar–30 Sep: 10am–6pm; Feb & Oct: 10am–5pm; 1 Nov–31 Jan: 10am–4pm but individual events may vary.
  • Admission Free; glasshouse entry £4.50 (£3.50; children £1; family £9).
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  • Website www.rbge.org.uk
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Just one mile from the city centre, this idyllic oasis of greenery covers over 70 acres and features horticultural specimens from around the world. Among these, the Scottish Heath Garden and the Rock Garden are fantastic examples of conservation and exhibition. Tremendously popular with everyone from young families out for a stroll to pensioners taking the air, the Botanics has several attractions including Inverleith House, an 18th century building which is now home to one of the city's leading art galleries; the majestic glasshouses, that allow visitors to explore ten distinct climactic zones; and the John Hope Gateway, a state-of-the-art biodiversity and information centre completed in 2009. The Terrace café and Gateway Restaurant serve hot and cold food daily. Several function rooms and halls are available to hire for private events. The Botanics also hosts various arts events, including selections from the International Science Festival and the Festival Fringe.

Events at this venue

There are 32 events at this location

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Calvinball

  • 4 stars

Theatre experience for wee ones. Booking is essential.

Sat 19 Aug

Meet at John Hope Gateway

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Meet at John Hope Gateway

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Meet at John Hope Gateway

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 27 Aug

Christmas at the Botanics

A one mile illuminated trail that winds its way through the garden. Wander beneath the tree canopies bathed in seasonal colour, enjoy the sounds of the Choir of the Trees and keep an eye out for Santa and his elves. There's spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm you up.

Thu 23 Nov

£14–£16 (Children £0–£10; Family £10.50–£12) / 0131 248 2909

Fri 24 Nov

£14–£16 (Children £0–£10; Family £10.50–£12) / 0131 248 2909

Sat 25 Nov

£14–£16 (Children £0–£10; Family £10.50–£12) / 0131 248 2909

…and 26 more dates until 29 Dec

Coffee Morning & Talk: Benmore - Scotland’s Rainforest Garden

Benmore is the largest and wettest garden in the RBGE group and lies on a west coast hillside. This allows a different group of plants to flourish. It is particularly well known for the Rhododendrons, giant Redwoods, and plants from Chile, Japan, and the Himalayas. Hear from Curator Peter Baxter about the Garden and the…

Tue 13 Feb 2018

The Conference Room, 20a Inverleith Row, 10am for coffee and talk starts at 10.30am

Members £5 Contact the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00

Coffee Morning & Talk: Cowden Castle Japanese Garden; History and Restoration

The talk will cover a brief history of Japanese gardens in the UK, and the history of how the Japanese Garden at Cowaden Castle was developed in the early 1900's. Sadly falling into decay in the mid 1960's due to vandalism, hear the story of its return to glory and some of the challenges and oppertunities of maintaining a…

Tue 13 Mar 2018

The Conference Room, 20a Inverleith Row, 10am for coffee and talk starts at 10.30am

Members £5 To reserve a place please contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00

Coffee Morning & Talk: George Forrest: Plant Collector

Scots born George Forrest, 1873-1932, tralled to China seven times from 1904 to collect seeds for nursery men and estate owners. Many plants grown from these seeds reside in RBGE's living collection and gardens across Britain. Around 31,000 of his herbarium specimens are stored in our Herbarium, and his photographs…

Tue 7 Nov

The Conference Room, 20a Inverleith Row, 10am for coffee and talk starts at 10.30am

Members £5 Contact the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00

Coffee Morning & Talk: Species Old and New: The Remarkable Diversity of Begonias

Begonia is the fastest-growing genus of plants in terms of species numbers, thanks to recent efforts of the Species Discovery Programme at the Botanics, and a resurgence of interest in this fascinating group of plants by researchers worldwide. We have described 80 new Begonia species over the past several years, with…

Tue 10 Oct

The Conference Room, 20a Inverleith Row, 10am for coffee and talk starts at 10.30am

Members £5 Contact the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00

Coffee Morning & Talk: The Wee World of Lichens at the Edinburgh Garden

Scotland has a wealth of lichen diversity, but what and where are they? Join Rebecca Yahr to find out about the new Wee World of Lichens trail, launched with support from the Friends at the Garden in Edinburgh.

Tue 19 Sep

The Conference Room, 20a Inverleith Row, 10am for coffee and talk starts at 10.30am

Members £5 To reserve a place please contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Coffee Morning: Tours and Day Visits 2018

Come and hear about the exciting programme of tours and day trips planned for the coming year with the oppertuny to talk to the organisers from the Edinburgh Committee.

Tue 23 Jan 2018

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00

Dirty Dancing

  • 3 stars
  • 1987
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emile Ardolino
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

The plot – in the summer of 1963 bad boy Johnny (Swayze) meets good girl Baby (Grey) and teaches her hip grinding, eventually winning the respect of her parents. Sure it's full of stereotyping, bad dialogue and a pre-teen sugar coated prurience, but decades on Dirty Dancing still has the ability to send a generation of…

Sat 2 Sep

Children £9.50 / 0131 248 2909

The Duchess, The Head Gardener and the making of The Alnwick Garden

Restored by the current Duchess of Northumberland over the past 20 years, The Alnwick Garden features sculpted foliage built around a water cascade and areas of themed planting, a Labyrinth and the Serpent Garden. Trevor Jones, Head Gardener, will tell the story of this inspiring landscape with a particular focus on the…

Thu 15 Feb 2018

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

£15 To book call the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 (Members £12) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Evening Talk: Treasures of the Herbarium

The RBGE Herbarium holds countless treasures among the three million specimens, but some of the most exciting are those collected by Charles Darwin on the Voyage of the Beagle. This is an opportunity to hear about how a member of staff unexpectedly came across one specimen as he was working – the first Darwin specimen…

Thu 26 Oct

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

£7 To book call the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339; members@rbge.org.uk or pay on the door (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Explorathon @ The John Hope Gateway

Learn more about the health of plants and planet through a range of fun activities.

Fri 29 Sep

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Explorathon.

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Family Art Trail

Journey into your imagination through Plant Scenery of the World in a fun, interactive in-gallery resource for all the family. This family trail is running alongside Plant Scenery of the World, an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Botanics' iconic modernist glasshouses, the 'Front Range', opened in…

Sat 19 Aug

Pick up a trail from the Inverleith House reception or the John Hope Gateway reception.

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00

Sun 20 Aug

Pick up a trail from the Inverleith House reception or the John Hope Gateway reception.

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00

Mon 21 Aug

Pick up a trail from the Inverleith House reception or the John Hope Gateway reception.

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00
…and 69 more dates until 29 Oct

The Flow Country

Discover the Flow Country - and some of the finest peatlands on the planet. This vast peatland landscape in the far north of Scotland is a special place for wildlife and also plays a key role in defending us against climate change. Find out about the wildlife and people of the Flow Country, how peat forms and why it is…

Sat 19 Aug

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00 – 03:00

Sun 20 Aug

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00 – 03:00

Mon 21 Aug

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00 – 03:00
…and 35 more dates until 25 Sep

Glass Menageries

Take a walk from jungle to desert, mountaintop to tropical swamp, in this guided tour with Ed Hollis, storyteller of the secret lives that buildings live. Drawing on diverse influences and stories, Ed will bring the microcosm of the glasshouses and the imaginary worlds they contain to life. This event is running…

Sat 21 Oct

RBGE Glasshouses

£3 Booking required via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glass-menageries-tickets-35911567465 / 0131 248 2909

  • 15:00 – 16:00

The Handlebards: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The HandleBards The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their beautifully bonkers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, their critically acclaimed…

Tue 22 Aug

Inverleith House Lawn

Ticket Prices Vary Via Edinburgh Festival Fringe / 0131 248 2909

  • 18:45 – 20:30
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Inverleith House Lawn

Ticket Prices Vary Via Edinburgh Festival Fringe / 0131 248 2909

  • 18:45 – 20:30
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Inverleith House Lawn

Ticket Prices Vary Via Edinburgh Festival Fringe / 0131 248 2909

  • 18:45 – 20:30
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 26 Aug

Harvest Festival

Our annual Harvest Festival is a celebration of the vegetable growing year. Join us for fun activities, gardening advice, information about harvesting, cooking and storing crops, tasters and more. Be inspired to get growing with our community garden produce show and discover the delights of growing your own vegetables…

Sat 16 Sep

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Sun 17 Sep

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

Fri 1 Sep

£14.50 (Children £9.50) / 0131 248 2909

La La Land

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 6min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons
  • UK release: 13 January 2017

In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine.

Sun 3 Sep

£14.50 (Children £9.50) / 0131 248 2909

The Luna Cinema

Open air cinema events.

Fri 1 Sep

£14.50 / 0131 248 2909

Sat 2 Sep

£14.50 / 0131 248 2909

Sun 3 Sep

£14.50 / 0131 248 2909

Market Garden Course

Learn the horticultural skills required to set up and manage a small scale garden using organic principles. The course runs on Thursday mornings over a 5 week block covering: planning & layout, propagation, weed control, pests and diseases, harvesting and composting. You will be led by our experienced Market…

Thu 31 Aug

RBGE Nursery, Inverleith Avenue South, EH3 5QA

Free FULLY BOOKED. For wating list email jpaul@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00 – 12:30

Fri 1 Sep

RBGE Nursery, Inverleith Avenue South, EH3 5QA

Free FULLY BOOKED. For wating list email jpaul@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00 – 12:30

Sat 2 Sep

RBGE Nursery, Inverleith Avenue South, EH3 5QA

Free FULLY BOOKED. For wating list email jpaul@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00 – 12:30
…and 26 more dates until 28 Sep

Marvellous Moss

Get hands-on with Sphagnum (peat mosses) and measure their incredible water-holding capacity. These colourful, slightly alien-looking plants are able to create vast peat bogs and store huge quantities of carbon because of their ability to hold onto water and inhibit decay. See how Sphagnum manages this trick using…

Sun 20 Aug

John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Pop in between 1.00 - 2.30 p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays and look out for the team at work in the garden. Take a walk around our productive garden with the Edible Gardening Project volunteers, find out what jobs need doing in your own garden now and have your vegetable growing questions answered. Supported by players of…

Sat 19 Aug

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 14:30

Sun 20 Aug

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 14:30

Mon 21 Aug

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 14:30
…and 99 more dates until 28 Nov

Modernism's Temporary Structures

During the 1960’s there was worldwide fascination for temporary, open and flexible architectural structures- from transparent living pods, to universities on rails and pop-up parliaments. The Front Range Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh belongs to this stylistic tendency, although, ironically, it’s proved…

Tue 26 Sep

Inverleith House Green Room

£3 Book via Eventrbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modernisms-temporary-structures-tickets-35910640693 / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Paradise in Palm Houses: A History of the Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Learn about the history of the glasshouses at RBGE in an informative talk with Glasshouse Manager Fiona Inches. From the first evidence of glasshouse building in the 17th century, to the recent re-landscaping of the Palm House, the glasshouses have been instrumental to tropical plant research at RBGE.

Sun 27 Aug

Inverleith House Green Room

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Paradise in Palm Houses: A History of the Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Learn about the history of the glasshouses at RBGE in an informative talk with Glasshouse Manager Fiona Inches. From the first evidence of glasshouse building in the 17th century, to the recent re-landscaping of the Palm House, the glasshouses have been instrumental to tropical plant research at RBGE.

Sat 9 Sep

Inverleith House Green Room

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Plant Scenery of the World

A major exhibition celebrating the garden's innovative modernist glasshouse. Plant Scenery of the World brings together new and commissioned artwork, rare archival material and botanical drawings commissioned by RBGE to explore building for plants and narratives relating to collection and exploration.

Sat 19 Aug

Inverleith House and Front Range Glasshouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Inverleith House and Front Range Glasshouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Inverleith House and Front Range Glasshouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 31 Aug

Plant Scenery of the World : Art Explorers

Make your own work of art with Greengage Arts, using a wide range of tactile and fun materials from the Gardens. Taking Laura Aldridge’s printed floor in Plant Scenery of the World as inspiration, experiment with nature printing and take your artwork home. This event is running alongside Plant Scenery of the World, an…

Sun 3 Sep

Inverleith House Green Room

£3 / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Private View of Exhibition: Plant Scenery of the World

Enjoy a private tour with the Curator of RBGE's summer exhibition which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the RBGE's 'Front Range' glasshouses.

Thu 21 Sep

Inverleith House (entrance via the John Hope Gateway (West Gate)

£6 To book call the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339; members@rbge.org.uk or pay on the door (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Seaweed for Health 2017

Ocean vegetables are a growing source of nutrition. This event celebrates the development of nutritious food seaweed in the British Isles and Nordic region, its potential for health, its culinary uses, its botanical history and latest research. Talks by the Seaweed Health Foundation, healthcare professionals, researchers…

Sat 2 Sep

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 3 Sep

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Terrariums at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

A guided tour of the RBGE glasshouses with Little Botanica, followed by a chance to assemble and care for your very own terrarium.

Sun 20 Aug

To be confirmed (Members £65) / 0131 248 2909

Tour to South Africa

Along with opportunities to see some of the country’s magnificent wild game, this tour is designed to show a mixture of wild flowers and beautiful cultured varieties as well as some stunning private gardens. The tour includes all flights, 12 nights’ accommodation and will be led by Richard Baines, the curator of Logan…

Tue 12 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:00

Wed 13 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:00

Thu 14 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:00
…and 12 more dates until 26 Sep

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