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.

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Art Explorers - Weird Plants

Join us for an afternoon of creative fun. Inspired by the Weird Plants exhibition, create your very own weird plant monster collage or sculpture. We will use natural and upcycled materials.

Sun 1 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Sarah Roberts

Mon 13 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 20 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 23 Mar 2020

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Sarah Roberts. 

Mon 23 Sep

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 30 Sep

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 7 Oct

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 2 Dec

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings 8 Week Term

This eight-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Sarah Roberts

Mon 27 Apr 2020

£88/79.20 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May 2020

£88/79.20 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May 2020

£88/79.20 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun 2020

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Tuesday Afternoons

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Nicola Adams

Tue 14 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Tue 21 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 17 more dates until 23 Jun 2020

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Tuesday Afternoons

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Nicola Adams.

Tue 24 Sep

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Tue 1 Oct

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Tue 8 Oct

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 3 Dec

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Wednesday Morning

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Sharon Tingey

Wed 15 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 22 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Jan 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Mar 2020

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Wednesday Morning

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Eleanor Christopher

Wed 22 Apr 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 6 May 2020

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun 2020

Beginning Botanical Illustration - Wednesday Morning

This ten-week class introduces students to techniques in botanical painting. Students will develop drawing skills, learn to use watercolours and pen and ink effectively and create work inspired by fresh material from the Garden.  Taught by Eleanor Christopher.

Wed 25 Sep

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 2 Oct

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 9 Oct

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 4 Dec

Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) Workshop

This one day workshop will look at cultivation and propagation techniques for successfully growing Meconopsis. Learn how and when to sow seed, divide plants and learn how we grow Meconopsis at RBGE. Taught by Alan Elliott. PRICE: £50/45 for members.

Sat 13 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / USA
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
  • UK release: 24 October 2018

The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.

Sat 31 Aug

£15.50 (Children £10.50) / 0131 248 2909

Book Group (Open Book: Reading Together)

If you love reading come to a book group with a difference, where stories and poems are read aloud and discussed over tea and coffee.

Thu 5 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 12 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 19 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 13 more dates until 19 Dec

Botanic Cottage Open Afternoon

Join us for a look inside the Botanic Cottage. Discover how it is used today and how it was saved and rebuilt.

Fri 6 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 4 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 1 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 13 more dates until 4 Dec 2020

Botanic Cottage Open Hour

Find out how the Botanic Cottage was saved and rebuilt in an instructive tour.

Sat 7 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 5 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Botanic Cottage Saturday Open Door

Join a free, drop in, look at the Botanic Cottage and discover how it was saved and rebuilt. Moved stone by stone across the city, exactly 250 years after it was first built, the Botanic Cottage has been reconstructed in its spiritual home, and once again returned to its original purpose as a place of learning and…

Sat 7 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 5 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Botanical Inspirations in Jewellery: Lost Wax Technique

In this 10-week class you will learn how to make beautiful jewellery inspired by the plants in the Garden. Using the ancient Lost Wax Technique you will first create your items in special jewellery wax, which will then will be cast in the metal of your choice (silver, bronze, gold). You will also learn how to clean and…

Thu 16 Jan 2020

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Thu 23 Jan 2020

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Jan 2020

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 26 Mar 2020

Botany for Beginners

Aimed at the complete beginner and using living plants from the garden, this eight week course investigates the identification, function and ecology of familiar plant species. Useful as a pre-course to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture.

Wed 25 Sep

£85/76.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 2 Oct

£85/76.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 9 Oct

£85/76.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 20 Nov

The Call of the New Natives

What are native plants? The term “native” plants is bandied about a lot, and is a hot topic in ecology and horticulture. Why are they considered important? This course seeks to, if not answer this question, debate it! The workshop also looks at combining this knowledge with a look at contemporary garden design and how we…

Sat 6 Jun 2020

 £50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Can we change the Scottish fruit basket?

Fed up with strawberries and plums? Worried about food miles? Wondering whether you could grow goji berries or kiwis? Professor Derek Stewart of the James Hutton Institute will talk about the wide variety of seemingly exotic fruits that will, in fact, grow in Scotland and give some tips on how you might grow them in your…

Thu 17 Oct

£7, £5 Members / 0131 248 2909

Care of Houseplants

Don’t have experience with house plants? That’s no reason to have bare windowsills! This one day course will cover the basics of house plant care and horticultural problem solving. A trip behind the scenes to see the RBGE backup plant collection is included. Taught by RBGE horticulturist Paulina Maciejewska-Daruk.

Sat 22 Feb 2020

£50/45 for members / 0131 248 2909

Celebrating Our Oaks

This free outdoor photography exhibition showcases 20 stunning images by the competition finalists and a passion for oak trees from throughout the UK.

Mon 26 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Children's Herbal Healthcare

Join Medical Herbalist and Forager Joseph Nolan for a day of Men’s Medicine, learning how to optimise physical and mental health with herbs. We will be looking at local plants and readily available botanicals, preparing them, using them, and making medicines to take home. Don’t wear your best clothes!

Sat 7 Mar 2020

£60/54 for members / 0131 248 2909

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.

Fri 22 Nov

Sat 23 Nov

Sun 24 Nov

…and 28 more dates until 29 Dec

Coastal Lichens (at Tyninghame)

Lichens are a conspicuous part of Scottish coastlines, adding a splash of colour and diversity to the rocky shores. Come along and learn about lichens and how identify common coastal species on a day out along East Lothian’s shoreline. Taught by RBGE Lichenologist, Rebecca Yahr.

Sat 30 May 2020

£50/45 for members / 0131 248 2909

Colour and Pigment in Watercolour

Watercolour not only offers an unrivalled subtlety of colour mixing, but the right choice of pigment allows those colours to have an even greater impact. Covering basic colour theory, the colour wheel, complimentary colours and colour mixing, then course will show students how to achieve watercolours of maximum vigour and…

Sat 16 Nov

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Sun 17 Nov

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

The Concrete Pharmacy

An unexpected green pharmacy exists amongst the botanicals that tenaciously break through, inhabit and at times even colonize, the crumbling stonework and ground of our sprawling city landscapes. If you are curious to learn more about this extraordinary urban Materia medica - that so often passes unnoticed, but is quite…

Sat 18 Apr 2020

 £60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

The Confection Box

Make your own selection of seasonal herbal gifts just in time for Christmas on this one-day workshop! Include Chocolate Orange Balm, Winter Spice Oil and Mulled Wine Mix.

Sat 7 Dec

 £60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Conifers and Cones

It’s time to get to grips with the complex intricacy of conifer and cones – pine, fir, larch and more. Find out about Fibonacci and why he matters. Practice dry brush technique with help from Lizzie Sanders who will demonstrate and give one-to-one assistance each week.

Wed 6 Nov

£75/67.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 13 Nov

£75/67.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 20 Nov

£75/67.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 4 Dec

Cyrenians Community Cook Club

Community Cook Club. Join us for this twice monthly meeting of the Community Cook Club - Cyrenians run the cook clubs with staff and volunteers and by sourcing food from FareShare. This club supports members of the Community in preparing and sitting down to enjoy a free, nutritious meal with good company! For more…

Fri 27 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 11 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 25 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 22 Nov

Cyrienian Cook Club

Community Cook Club. Join us for this twice monthly meeting of the Community Cook Club - Cyrenians run the cook clubs with staff and volunteers and by sourcing food from FareShare. This club supports members of the Community in preparing and sitting down to enjoy a free, nutritious meal with good company! For more…

Fri 14 Feb 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 13 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 17 more dates until 11 Dec 2020

Developing a Garden Sketch Book

A course with tutor Helen Jackson designed to guide the student in exploring and developing their own personal style using a variety of media working on both preparatory studies and final works inspired by the gardens throughout the seasons.

Thu 26 Sep

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Thu 3 Oct

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Thu 10 Oct

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 5 Dec

Developing a Garden Sketchbook - After Hours

A course with tutor Helen Jackson designed to guide the student in exploring and developing their own personal style using a variety of media working on both preparatory studies and final works inspired by the gardens throughout the seasons.

Thu 22 Apr 2021

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Developing a Garden Sketchbook- After Hours

A course with tutor Helen Jackson designed to guide the student in exploring and developing their own personal style using a variety of media working on both preparatory studies and final works inspired by the gardens throughout the seasons.

Wed 22 Apr 2020

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr 2020

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 6 May 2020

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun 2020

Doors Open Days

Edinburgh's Doors Open Days is a chance to see inside the Library and Herbarium, which houses internationally important collections of literature, images and preserved plant specimens vital to the scientific work of the Garden.

Sat 28 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Drawing Expressive Trees

Learn how to make expressive drawings of our majestic trees using brushes, pens, ink and mixed media of your choice. This experimental drawing course explores the rich collections of the Botanic Garden and will teach essential methods of observing, understanding and drawing trees. Suitable for enabling the beginner to…

Sat 26 Oct

£140/126 for members / 0131 248 2909

Sun 27 Oct

£140/126 for members / 0131 248 2909

Edinburgh Guided Walks (afternoon)

Take a tour and discover botanical highlights, plant treasures and tales of intrepid adventurers behind our Living Collection.

Mon 26 Aug

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6 / 0131 248 2909

Tue 27 Aug

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6 / 0131 248 2909

Wed 28 Aug

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6 / 0131 248 2909

…and 33 more dates until 30 Sep

Edinburgh Guided Walks (morning)

Take a tour and discover botanical highlights, plant treasures and tales of intrepid adventurers behind our Living Collection.

Mon 26 Aug

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6 / 0131 248 2909

Tue 27 Aug

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6 / 0131 248 2909

Wed 28 Aug

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6 / 0131 248 2909

…and 33 more dates until 30 Sep

Evening Talk: The Birth of the Botanics

When the founders of the Botanics rented a small plot of land beside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 1670 to create a physic garden, they could not have imagined that 350 years later it would grow to become one of the finest botanical institutions in the world.  Join Sutherland Forsyth from The Royal Collection to step…

Thu 23 Jan 2020

Price: £7, £5 Members / 0131 248 2909

EWA Gin Diploma Course

EWA Diploma in Gin Course| Botanic Cottage | Tue 10th Sep

Tue 10 Sep

£480 per day course, £432 for Members / 0131 248 2909

EWA Gin Diploma Course

EWA Diploma in Gin Course| Botanic Cottage | Tue 10th Sep

Tue 10 Sep

Price: £280 per day course, £252 for Members / 0131 248 2909

Explorathon '19

Explorathon is an annual showcase of science engagement that happens across Europe.

Fri 27 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Expressive Watercolour & Landscape (Beginners to Intermediate)

Explore the techniques, and expressive joys of landscape watercolour painting. This ten-week course will use artist demonstration and individual guidance to help each student to a more confident handling of this fascinating medium. Lessons will cover techniques in the studio, but where conditions are suitable the students…

Mon 23 Sep

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 30 Sep

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 7 Oct

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 17 more dates until 23 Mar 2020

Expressive Watercolour & Landscape (Beginners to Intermediate) 8 Week Term

Explore the techniques, and expressive joys of landscape watercolour painting. This eight-week course will use artist demonstration and individual guidance to help each student to a more confident handling of this fascinating medium. Lessons will cover techniques in the studio, but where conditions are suitable the…

Mon 27 Apr 2020

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May 2020

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May 2020

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun 2020

Expressive Watercolour & Landscape (Intermediate to Advanced)

Explore the techniques, and expressive joys of landscape watercolour painting. This ten-week course will use artist demonstration and individual guidance to help each student to a more confident handling of this fascinating medium. Lessons will cover techniques in the studio, but where conditions are suitable the students…

Mon 23 Sep

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 30 Sep

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 7 Oct

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 17 more dates until 23 Mar 2020

Expressive Watercolour & Landscape (Intermediate to Advanced) 8 Week Term

Explore the techniques, and expressive joys of landscape watercolour painting. This eight-week course will use artist demonstration and individual guidance to help each student to a more confident handling of this fascinating medium. Lessons will cover techniques in the studio, but where conditions are suitable the…

Mon 27 Apr 2020

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May 2020

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May 2020

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun 2020

Felted Christmas Wreaths

In this 3 hour workshop you will learn the art of needle felting. You will learn how to felt leaves, sprigs and other foliage, which will then be used to create a stunning felt wreath. We will also think about colour, texture and placement of the felt leaves. Using the specialist felting needle we will show you how to add…

Sat 23 Nov

£40/36 for members / 0131 248 2909

Fern Identification

There are around 70 species of fern and on this one-day workshop you will learn some of the simple skills to identify the most common ones around Edinburgh. You will also learn about their life cycle and useful distinguishing features and enjoy putting your new knowledge into practice in the Garden. Taught by Heather…

Sat 27 Jun 2020

£50/45 for members / 0131 248 2909

Friends of RBGE cookery Masterclass

Enjoy a guided tour of the RBGE Edible Gardening Project followed by a cookery demonstration using the Garden's produce, tasting and Q&A in the delightful setting of the nearby Botanic Cottage. The cookery masterclass will be conducted by the award-winning Edinburgh School of Food and Wine.

Wed 18 Sep

Price:  £18, £15 Members / 0131 248 2909

Fungi Identification for Beginners

An introduction to the identification of fungi. You will be introduced to the different fieldcharacteristics of each of the families and their genera, how to apply these to identification keys, and good practice for collection. This practical workshop will include a tour of the Garden, to collect specimens for later…

Sat 12 Oct

£55/49.50 for members / 0131 248 2909

Fur & Feathers

Over the 10 monthly sessions, you will create three beautiful paintings, based on a bird, a small furry creature and another natural history subject of your choice. You will look in detail at how to depict the various textures associated with wildlife painting, such as fur, feathers and possibly insect wings or fish…

Sun 1 Sep

PRICE: £400/360 for members. / 0131 248 2909

Sun 6 Oct

PRICE: £400/360 for members. / 0131 248 2909

Sun 10 Nov

PRICE: £400/360 for members. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 14 Jun 2020

Garden Design for Gardeners - Tuesday Evenings

This ten-week garden design course has been developed in response to our students’ interests. It focuses mainly on the selection of plants for various settings and growing conditions, and explains how to create that all important year-round interest for your garden. Taught by Monika Polak.

Tue 21 Apr 2020

PRICE: £100/90 for members., BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Apr 2020

PRICE: £100/90 for members., BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 5 May 2020

PRICE: £100/90 for members., BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 23 Jun 2020

Garden Social for Dementia

Free sessions with refreshments and activities. Inspired by the Garden for people affected by dementia. Numbers limited.  ! Please Note: Those attending this activity on days when the garden area is closed due to bad weather can still access the Botanic Cottage from the rear entrance on Inverleith Place.

Fri 6 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 4 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 1 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 13 more dates until 4 Dec 2020

Gingers @ The Botanics

Venue: Science Buildings: Board Room Annex @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 7 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Growing Heritage Apples and Pears

A tour of the fruit garden at RBGE looking at traditional apples and pears grown including rare Scottish heritage cultivars. Guidance on how to create espaliers, fans and cordons to get the best quality fruit for your garden. This two-day course will cover choice of rootstocks, formal and general maintenance or summer…

Sat 31 Aug

£80/72 for members. / 0131 248 2909

Growing Heritage Apples and Pears

A tour of the fruit garden at RBGE looking at traditional apples and pears grown including rare Scottish heritage cultivars. Guidance on how to create espaliers, fans and cordons to get the best quality fruit for your garden. This two-day course will cover choice of rootstocks, formal and general maintenance or summer…

Sat 31 Aug

£80/72 for members. / 0131 248 2909

Growing Heritage Apples and Pears

Venue: Botanic Cottage @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 11 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 29 Aug 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbal First Aid

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. 

Sat 7 Sep

PRICE: £60/£54 for members. / 0131 248 2909

Herbal Medicine for Men

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Room 2 @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 28 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbals in Ink

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Room 1 @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Fri 15 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 16 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 17 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbs for Healing

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Room 2 @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Wed 25 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 2 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 9 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 4 Dec

Herbs of the Highlands

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Room 2 @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Wed 22 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 6 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun 2020

The Hidden Horticulturists

Fiona Davison, Head of Libraries and Exhibitions at the Royal Horticultural Society, tells the story of ‘The Hidden Horticulturists’, the remarkable young men who played a central role in the history of British horticulture and helped to shape the way we garden today.  She traces the stories of these forgotten gardeners…

Sun 3 Nov

£7 (£5 for Members) / 0131 248 2909

Indian Miniature Painting

Venue: Science Buildings: Teaching Lab @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 20 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 21 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Mon 23 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 30 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 7 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 18 more dates until 23 Mar 2020

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings 8 Week Term

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Mon 27 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 4 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 29 Jun 2020

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Mornings

Venue: Patrick Geddes Room @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Mon 23 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 30 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 7 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 17 more dates until 23 Mar 2020

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Mornings 8 Week Term

Venue: Patrick Geddes Room @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Mon 27 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun 2020

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Tuesday Mornings

Venue: Patrick Geddes Room @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Tue 24 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 1 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 8 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 27 more dates until 23 Jun 2020

Introduction to Botany

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 21 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 22 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Introduction To Garden Landscaping: Material Selection For Garden Use

A series of four informative workshops for anyone looking to learn more about Garden Landscaping. The perfect accompaniment for those studying the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting. All workshops taught by Colin Bell.

Sat 12 Oct

£30/27 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Introduction To Garden Landscaping: Measuring Your Garden

A series of four informative workshops for anyone looking to learn more about Garden Landscaping. The perfect accompaniment for those studying the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting. All workshops taught by Colin Bell.

Sat 25 Apr 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Introduction To Garden Landscaping: Recording Levels In The Garden

A series of four informative workshops for anyone looking to learn more about Garden Landscaping. The perfect accompaniment for those studying the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting. All workshops taught by Colin Bell.

Sun 26 Apr 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Introduction To Garden Landscaping: Setting out Garden Features

A series of four informative workshops for anyone looking to learn more about Garden Landscaping. The perfect accompaniment for those studying the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting. All workshops taught by Colin Bell.

Sun 13 Oct

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Introduction to Horticulture

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Wed 15 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 22 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Mar 2020

Introduction to Horticulture

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Wed 25 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 2 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 9 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 4 Dec

Introduction to Horticulture

A ten-week theoretical course covering a range of topics, from soil science to pruning to plant anatomy. Suitable as an overview of horticulture for absolute beginners, or as a stepping stone to the RHS (level 2) Certificate in Horticulture. Taught by RBGE staff.

Wed 22 Apr 2020

£100/£90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr 2020

£100/£90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 13 May 2020

£100/£90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 17 Jun 2020

An Introduction to Japanese Gardens

Join Liz Cole on this one-day workshop looking at the origin and development of the gardens of Japan. Liz will cover topics like design features and plants used in many varied styles of gardens will be covered, both sacred and secular.

Sat 30 May 2020

£50/45 for members / 0131 248 2909

Introduction to Mosaics: Bird Baths

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 21 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Introduction to Mosaics: Plant Pots

Venue: Classroom @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 21 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Juicy Fruits

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 28 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 29 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Knowing and Understanding Healing Plants

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 9 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Lichen Identification

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 23 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 15 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

A Lichenological Journey

There are c. 1500 species of lichen in Scotland and this diversity includes globally rare communities such as in Scotland’s temperate rainforest. This talk by RBGE's Chris Ellis will explore and explain this lichen diversity by taking a journey through different scales: from very large gradients in climate that determine…

Wed 19 Feb 2020

£7, £5 Members / 0131 248 2909

A Long Look at Leaves

Love them or loath them we need to draw them and they can make or break our plant portraits. Spend two-days with Ann learning to love them, understand them and depict them realistically so they add another dimension to your work.

Sat 28 Mar 2020

£140/126 for members / 0131 248 2909

Sun 29 Mar 2020

£140/126 for members / 0131 248 2909

Looking Through Their Eyes: Scottish Landscape Artists

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Thu 23 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 7 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Jun 2020

Looking Through Their Eyes: Scottish Women Artists

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Thu 16 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 23 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 26 Mar 2020

Loose Style: Summer Blooms

It is time to discover big blousy blooms such as vintage roses and hydrangeas, and seasonal flowers with luscious petals and sumptuous colours on this 5-week course. A lovely loose style of watercolour technique is used to explore wet into wet, crisp and faded edges, different types of brushwork and layers of tints and…

Wed 27 May 2020

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 3 Jun 2020

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 10 Jun 2020

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 24 Jun 2020

Loving your Greens and Foliage

Even in late winter and very early spring there is still an abundance of beautiful and colourful foliage in the Garden. Using a loose style watercolour technique and sketchy drawing style while looking at trailing and twisting stems to using a palette of rich, glossy, tonal greens and other sumptuous colours – there is so…

Wed 15 Jan 2020

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 22 Jan 2020

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Jan 2020

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Mar 2020

The Luna Cinema - A Star is Born

Enjoy open air films at the Botanics as The Luna Cinema presents three nights of cinema under the stars in the stunning setting of the Garden.

Fri 30 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

The Luna Cinema - Bohemian Rhapsody

Enjoy open air films at the Botanics as The Luna Cinema presents three nights of cinema under the stars in the stunning setting of the Garden.

Sat 31 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

The Luna Cinema - Sunshine on Leith

Enjoy open air films at the Botanics as The Luna Cinema presents three nights of cinema under the stars in the stunning setting of the Garden.

Sun 1 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Medicine from Trees

When is a herb not a herb? When it’s a tree! Discover the therapeutic treasure store of our ancient woodlands and those of distant shores, learning something of the pharmacology, folklore and history that surrounds this truly remarkable facet of phytotherapy. Taught by Catherine Conway-Payne.

Wed 15 Jan 2020

£140/126 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 22 Jan 2020

£140/126 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Jan 2020

£140/126 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Mar 2020

Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Every Monday and Tuesday. Pop in 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 this season and have your vegetable growing questions answered. Supported by players of People's Postcode…

Mon 26 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 27 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 2 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 25 more dates until 26 Nov

Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Every Monday and Tuesday. Pop in 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 this season and have your vegetable growing questions answered. Supported by players of People's Postcode…

Mon 26 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 27 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 2 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 25 more dates until 26 Nov

Members' Christmas Shopping Day

Browse our new Christmas gift range in the Botanics Shop; chat to our Membership and Education teams about gift ideas for friends and family and enjoy 15% discount on all purchases* in the shop. Bring a guest who will receive 5% discount. Refreshments from 4pm.

Tue 12 Nov

Price: Free, Member and Guest / 0131 248 2909

Members' Coffee Morning: Bats - why should we care?

Liz Ferrell from the Bat Conservation Trust will give an introduction to the work of the charity, the bats found in the UK and why we should all care about these unique mammals.

Tue 10 Sep

Price: £5 Members only (includes tea/coffee and biscuits) / 0131 248 2909

Members' Coffee Morning: The Flora of Holyrood Park

Holyrood is home to a host of interesting flora, including some scarce species. Join one of the Park’s rangers to learn more about the plant life there and how it is surveyed and protected. 

Tue 8 Oct

£5 Members only (includes tea/coffee and biscuits) / 0131 248 2909

Microsculpture - The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is hosting ‘Microsculpture’ an exhibition of giant insect portraits exposed in microscopic detail. Famed photographer, Levon Biss partnered with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for the project. Each portrait of an insect is made up of more than 8000 images, all of which focus…

Mon 26 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 27 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 28 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 25 more dates until 22 Sep

‘Millefleure’: Herbal Soaps & Salts

A delightful one day workshop offering the opportunity to learn how to create your own enchanting herbal soaps (using the simplest of melt & pour techniques) and prepare remineralizing fizzing bath salts - all infused with a myriad of jewel-like flowers.

Sat 16 Nov

£60/54 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mother and Baby Care

Pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period contain some of the most precious and most challenging times in a woman’s life. Medical Herbalist Emma Roe will teach you how to care for and nourish yourself and your little one naturally, using herbal remedies. We will make, taste, smell, and take home, wonderful remedies for…

Sat 5 Oct

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Mystery, Myths and Plants from the Amazon

This 5-week course will explore the knowledge held by rainforest Amazon tribal elders of their plants. It will look at how they built up their knowledge of sustainable survival in the forest; where this knowledge came from and transmitted. Examples of plants used in tribal daily life will be given and connected to the…

Tue 24 Sep

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 1 Oct

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 8 Oct

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 29 Oct

Natural Dyeing

Join artist Ann Ross and Lichenologist Kristine Bogomazova on this one-day workshop to find out about the function, structures and lifestyles of lichens and Scottish plants. This practical workshop gives you the opportunity to “dabble in dyes” and build up a selection of samples of both yarns and fibres. You will learn…

Sat 22 Feb 2020

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Night photography workshop at "Christmas at the Botanics" in Edinburgh

This is a chance to learn and practise your night time photography skills. Limited to 6 students. You will need a headtorch and tripod, (I have ONE to lend you) and a camera where you can select aperture and shutterspeed. If you have a flashgun bring it along too. Ideally you will have already taken a Going Digital "Part…

Tue 17 Dec

£65 Ticket price (£17) is not included. For more details of the event, and to book your ticket FOR THE 18:00 slot please see… / 0131-4455029

  • 18:00 – 21:30

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique that enhances everyday walking with the use of poles. This adds two massive benefits to your walking, the use of poles tones the upper body muscles and abdominals as well as the legs and bottom all while burning 20% more calories than ordinary walking. Nordic walking is great…

Thu 26 Sep

£65/58.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Thu 3 Oct

£65/58.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Thu 10 Oct

£65/58.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 27 more dates until 25 Jun 2020

Orchid Cultivation at Home

An exciting new one day workshop covering the basics of orchid home cultivation. Includes a practical workshop with re-potting presentations and trip behind the scenes to see the RBGE backup orchid collection. Taught by RBGE Horticulturist, Paula Maciejewska-Daruk.

Sat 6 Jun 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Painting Rhododendrons

RBGE has an amazing range of rhododendrons with both indoor and greenhouse varieties, collected from all around the world. This course is an opportunity to study them at close range, learn more of their history and significance, and to paint and draw these fascinating plants in detail, either on paper or on vellum.

Wed 22 Apr 2020

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr 2020

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 6 May 2020

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 20 May 2020

Painting with Wool

In this beginners’ workshop we will teach participants the art of needle felting using the landscapes around us as inspiration. Participants will learn how to ‘paint with wool’ and take away a stunning felt landscape piece framed in an embroidery hoop. Taught by Amy Davidson.

Sat 25 Apr 2020

£45/40.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Photographing Rhododendrons

RBGE is a world-recognised centre of expertise in Rhododendron taxonomy, a botanically rich plant group with significant ‘flagship’ status for plant conservation and holds one of the best ex-situ collections in the world. Come along learn about the taxonomy and how best to photograph them. Taught by botanical photographer…

Sat 25 Apr 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Photographing the Weird and Wonderful

RBGE holds a very diverse collection of plants collected from all corners of the world. Join David A. Purvis, a botanist and photographer, photographing the weird, wonderful and sometimes unnoticed treasures available within the collection.

Sat 20 Jun 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Photographing Trees

Learn the basics of your digital camera while discovering how best to approach trees as a subject. Through tutorials and practical outdoor sessions, this introductory course, over three Saturdays in October, will teach you how to use your camera for successful and creative ‘tree’ photography. Taught by RHS Gold…

Sat 5 Oct

£150/135 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 12 Oct

£150/135 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 19 Oct

£150/135 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Plant Families of the World

This 10-week course will feature a different group or family of plants each week focusing on some of the key characteristics used to identify them, including flowers, fruits and vegetative characters as well as the variety that exists within each group. Our expert RBGE science and horticulture staff will showcase the…

Tue 21 Apr 2020

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Apr 2020

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 5 May 2020

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 23 Jun 2020

Remedies from the Physic Garden

That RBGE was originally founded as a Physic Garden in 1670 is well known, and James Sutherland’s Hortus Medicus Edinburgensis catalogues the quite extraordinary diversity of botanicals that were being nurtured for medicine making in Edinburgh at that time. What is less well known, is how these herbs were being compounded…

Sat 27 Jun 2020

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Rhododendron Identification

Learn to identify some common rhododendrons through an introduction to identification using keys. Includes a lab-based session and walk to practise some of the techniques learned. Taught by David Chamberlain. Running as part of the Rhododendron Festival.

Sat 16 May 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Roses: Botany, Horticulture and History

Join Phil Lusby for an intimate survey of these hugely popular, important and perplexing group of plants. Learn some of their unusual breeding habits, how they have been developed and classified and how to cultivate them. We’ll also look at products from roses, how to choose them for your garden and how roses have been…

Thu 23 Apr 2020

£110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Apr 2020

£110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Thu 7 May 2020

£110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Jun 2020

Sampling Gardens of the World

Are you interested in garden design and would like to discover the philosophy behind acclaimed garden styles of the world? This course combines the exploration of iconic international garden styles with a practical application to your own garden. A basic survey of your garden will provide the template for you to…

Fri 27 Sep

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Fri 4 Oct

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Fri 11 Oct

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 6 Dec

Saturday Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Pop in 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 this season and have your vegetable growing questions answered. Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

Sat 7 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 5 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Saturday Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Pop in 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 this season and have your vegetable growing questions answered. Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

Sat 7 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 5 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

The Science and Art of Plant Medicines

This course will look at the use of plants in traditional and modern medicine from looking at where healing plant knowledge has come from – ancient healers, alchemists, apothecaries, chemists, pharmacists to relevance in modern medicine. Modern drug discovery will be explored. Taught by Dr Ann Simpson.

Sat 13 Jun 2020

 £80/72 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sun 14 Jun 2020

 £80/72 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Seaweed for Health 2019

Celebrate the development of nutritious food seaweed and discover its potential for health and culinary enjoyment.

Sat 7 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 8 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Seaweedopedia: Seaweed for food, health and beauty

Join expert forager Monica Wilde FLS to learn all about Scottish seaweeds and their myriad uses. From gourmet cuisine, to nutrition, remedies and beauty applications. The day will be part lecture and part hands-on workshop so be prepared to try some unusual tastes and to get sticky!

Sun 15 Mar 2020

£60/54 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Slow Art for Fast Lives – a synergy of Mindfulness & Botanical Painting

Explore painting styles and techniques to produce botanical watercolours to consolidate mindful meditations practiced in class. You discover how to slow down, relax, ‘worry-bust’ and enjoy mindful observation and creativity. Taught by Eleanor Christopher.

Sat 21 Sep

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sun 22 Sep

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 30 May 2020

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sun 31 May 2020

£100/90 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Small is Beautiful

RBGE lichenologist and artist team will take you on a journey to take a closer look at the amazing colours, structures and lifestyles of lichens. Learn how to use a microscope to make observations and to scale up a drawing to make larger than life paintings of these wonderful organisms. Taught by Sarah Roberts and…

Sat 29 Feb 2020

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 14 Mar 2020

£120/108 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Smartphone-ography

The best camera is the one you have in your hand! With a smartphone there is a whole new world of photography literally at your fingertips; this course will help you unlock this. Create exciting images, edit and post with the smartphone-ography course. Taught by Chris Pendleton of Iconic Tours.

Sat 28 Sep

£30/27 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 22 Feb 2020

£30/27 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 9 May 2020

 £30/27 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Spoon Carving Workshop

Handcraft your very own spoon with this introduction to spoon carving. You will learn traditional wood carving and finishing techniques to help you progress from a spoon blank, hand prepared from sustainable Scottish green wood, to a beautiful and unique wooden spoon that you will be able to take away with you. Taught by…

Sat 9 Nov

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Sat 14 Mar 2020

£50/45 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

SSBA meeting - Botanical treasures in the RBGE library

| Thursday September 19th | 14.00 – 16.00|RBGE Library, 20 A Inverleith Row |Free| Book via Eventbrite |Adults Only

Thu 19 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

SSBA meeting - Botanical treasures in the RBGE library

| Thursday September 19th | 14.00 – 16.00|RBGE Library, 20 A Inverleith Row |Free| Book via Eventbrite |Adults Only

Thu 19 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

SSBA meeting - Plants and petticoats- women gardeners in history

| Wednesday 14th Nov | 14.00 – 16.00|Botanic Cottage Professors Room |Free| Book via Eventbrite |Adults Only

Thu 14 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2909

SSBA meeting - Plants and petticoats- women gardeners in history

| Wednesday 14th Nov | 14.00 – 16.00|Botanic Cottage Professors Room |Free| Book via Eventbrite |Adults Only

Thu 14 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2909

A Star is Born

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bradley Cooper
  • Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
  • UK release: 5 October 2018

Jackson (Cooper) is a famous musician, his best years behind him, who discovers young singer Ally (Gaga) in a bar one night. What could have been yet another remake is a revelation: Gaga sings up a storm and is nuanced and convincing, but Cooper is extraordinary as co-writer, producer, director and star. Smart, funny and…

Fri 30 Aug

£15.50 / 0131 248 2909

Sunshine Palette

Studying sunflowers in all their sunny glory, learn to paint clear and transparent yellows with ease, avoiding muddy or grey shadows. We will look at the flowers from fresh and unusual angles, giving us a modern, contemporary, look. Taught by Sharon Tingey Level: Intermediate

Wed 25 Sep

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 2 Oct

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 9 Oct

£75/67.50 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 30 Oct

Two Feet, One Mind - A Contemplative Walking Workshop

Mindfulness based techniques to maximise the benefits of time spent in beautiful places. Held ‘on the hoof’ in the Botanics after closing time, it is suitable for absolute beginners or experienced meditators. With Roger Hyam.

Tue 5 May 2020

 £15 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 12 May 2020

 £15 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 19 May 2020

 £15 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Tue 26 May 2020

 £15 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Watercolour and Mixed Media - Monday Afternoon

Experiment using watercolour together with a variety of media such as ink, oil pastel, charcoal and collage to develop new and exciting ways of expressing and creating garden art. Taught by Helen Jackson.

Mon 23 Sep

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Mon 30 Sep

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Mon 7 Oct

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 2 Dec

Watercolour and Mixed Media - Monday Afternoon 8 Week Term

Experiment using watercolour together with a variety of media such as ink, oil pastel, charcoal and collage to develop new and exciting ways of expressing and creating garden art. Taught by Helen Jackson.

Mon 27 Apr 2020

 £96/86.49 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May 2020

 £96/86.49 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May 2020

 £96/86.49 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun 2020

Watercolour and Mixed Media- Wednesday Evening

Experiment using watercolour together with a variety of media such as ink, oil pastel, charcoal and collage to develop new and exciting ways of expressing and creating garden art. Taught by Helen Jackson.

Wed 2 Oct

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 9 Oct

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

Wed 16 Oct

 £110/99 for members., Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937. / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 11 Dec

Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood

Venus fly trap by Chris Thorogood

Mon 26 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 27 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wed 28 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 4 more dates until 1 Sep

Wild Food

Foraging, cooking and eating wild foods connects us with our past and offers inspiration for a seasonal, sustainable and healthy diet. This two-day practical course will help you identify, collect, preserve and make delicious meals from a range of wild edible plants from woodland (RBGE) and shore (Tyninghame). Includes a…

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 16 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Wildflower Identification

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Room 1 @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 20 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Willow Basketry

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 26 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 27 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Winter Tree Identification

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Women's Hormonal Health

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 6 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Working with Willow Withies: Garden Cones

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

Sat 7 Mar 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Woven Nut Basket

Venue: Potting Shed @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 28 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 18 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sat 9 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Your Garden in Autumn

BOOKINGS: Advanced booking required. Please call the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.  PRICE:£30/ £27  for members.

Sat 5 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Your Garden in Spring

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Theatre @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 2 May 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Your Garden in Summer

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Theatre @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 27 Jun 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

Your Garden in Winter

Venue: Science Buildings: Lecture Theatre @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 18 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 248 2909

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3 Mar 2015

Places to go and things to do in Auld Reekie

Visitors have been climbing to the top of Camera Obscura’s rooftop chamber for over 150 years, so they must be doing something right. Up there, you can view Edinburgh through a giant periscope, ‘pick up’ a bus or person on a piece of paper, and learn…

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