Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 248 2909
  • Opening times Daily 10am–6pm. Oct and Feb 10am–5pm. Nov–Jan 10am–4pm.
  • Seasonal times 1 Mar–30 Sep 10am–6pm; Feb & Oct 10am–5pm; 1 Nov–31 Jan 10am–4pm.
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  • Website www.rbge.org.uk
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Terrariums at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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 climatic 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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After Hortus Malabaricus: Sensing and Presencing Rare Plants by Siân Bowen

Siân Bowen’s exhibition of drawings, video works, artist’s books, models and casts, explores notions of collecting and preservation, inviting reflection on the vulnerability of plant life.

Mon 20 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Tue 21 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Wed 22 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 60 more dates until 22 Mar

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 20 Jan

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Jan

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Feb

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 23 Mar

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

£88/79.20 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May

£88/79.20 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May

£88/79.20 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun

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 21 Jan

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Jan

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Tue 4 Feb

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 16 more dates until 23 Jun

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 22 Jan

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Jan

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 5 Feb

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 25 Mar

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

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Wed 6 May

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun

Big Garden Bird Watch

It's that time of year again when the RSPB asks us to count the birds we see in our gardens. Join the Wildlife Explorers for guided walks, or fly solo if you want. The kingfisher is a regular visitor to the garden so we expect to put it on our list.

Sun 26 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

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 7 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 3 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 8 more dates until 4 Dec

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 23 Jan

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Jan

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Thu 6 Feb

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 26 Mar

BSS and RBGE Lectures Series: A Grain of Truth

With rapid developments in forensic technology botany and soil science can answer many questions.

Thu 20 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

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

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

£50/45 for members / 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

£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 20 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sat 21 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sun 22 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 37 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

£50/45 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

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

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

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 28 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 17 more dates until 11 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

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

Wed 29 Apr

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

Wed 6 May

 £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

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.

Thu 23 Jan

Price: £7, £5 Members / 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 20 Jan

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Jan

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Feb

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 23 Mar

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

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun

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 20 Jan

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Jan

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Feb

£120/108 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 23 Mar

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

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May

£96/86.49 for members / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun

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

£50/45 for members / 0131 248 2909

Friends of RBGE 2020 Conference

The second day of the Friends 2020 conference programme. Join us for talks on the Edinburgh Biomes project and RBGE's work in Papua New Guinea.

Fri 5 Jun

Free / 0131 248 2909

Friends of RBGE 2020 Conference

Join us for an international gathering of Botanic Gardens' Friends and Volunteers to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Thu 4 Jun

Free / 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 2 Feb

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

Sun 1 Mar

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

Sun 26 Apr

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

…and 2 more dates until 14 Jun

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

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

Tue 28 Apr

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

Tue 5 May

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

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 7 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 3 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 8 more dates until 4 Dec

Growing Heritage Apples and Pears

Venue: Botanic Cottage @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 29 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Herbal Medicine for Men

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

Sat 28 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Herbals in Ink

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

Fri 15 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sat 16 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sun 17 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Herbarium Tour 20th March 2020

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's extensive Herbarium holds approximately 3 million preserved plant specimens, makes up two-thirds of the planet's flora and represents over 300 years of biodiversity. 

Fri 20 Mar

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbarium Tour 21st February 2020

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's extensive Herbarium holds approximately 3 million preserved plant specimens, makes up two-thirds of the planet's flora and represents over 300 years of biodiversity. 

Fri 21 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbarium Tour 24th January 2020

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's extensive Herbarium holds approximately 3 million preserved plant specimens, makes up two-thirds of the planet's flora and represents over 300 years of biodiversity. 

Fri 24 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbarium Tour 6th March 2020

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's extensive Herbarium holds approximately 3 million preserved plant specimens, makes up two-thirds of the planet's flora and represents over 300 years of biodiversity. 

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbarium Tour 7th February 2020

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's extensive Herbarium holds approximately 3 million preserved plant specimens, makes up two-thirds of the planet's flora and represents over 300 years of biodiversity. 

Fri 7 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Herbs of the Highlands

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

Wed 22 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Wed 6 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun

Indian Miniature Painting

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

Sat 20 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sun 21 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings 8 Week Term

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

Mon 27 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 4 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 29 Jun

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Evenings - Cancelled

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

Mon 20 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 23 Mar

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Mornings 8 Week Term

Venue: Patrick Geddes Room @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Mon 27 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 11 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 18 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 29 Jun

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Monday Mornings - Cancelled

Venue: Patrick Geddes Room @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Mon 20 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 23 Mar

Intermediate Botanical Illustration - Tuesday Mornings

Venue: Patrick Geddes Room @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Tue 21 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Tue 4 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 16 more dates until 23 Jun

Introduction to Botany

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

Sat 21 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sun 22 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 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

£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

£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 22 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Wed 29 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Wed 5 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 25 Mar

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

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

Wed 29 Apr

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

Wed 13 May

£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

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

£50/45 for members / 0131 248 2909

Introduction to Mosaics: Plant Pots

Venue: Classroom @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 21 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Knowing and Understanding Healing Plants

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

Sat 9 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Lichen Identification

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

Sun 15 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 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

£140/126 for members / 0131 248 2909

Sun 29 Mar

£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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Thu 7 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Jun

Looking Through Their Eyes: Scottish Women Artists

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

Thu 23 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Thu 6 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 26 Mar

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

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

Wed 3 Jun

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

Wed 10 Jun

£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

Loving your Greens and Foliage - Cancelled

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 22 Jan

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

Wed 29 Jan

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

Wed 5 Feb

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

…and 6 more dates until 25 Mar

Medicine from Trees

When is a herb not a herb? When it’s a tree!

Wed 22 Jan

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

Wed 29 Jan

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

Wed 5 Feb

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

…and 6 more dates until 25 Mar

Meet the Edible Gardening Team in February

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 3 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 4 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 10 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 5 more dates until 25 Feb

Members' Coffee Morning & Talk: Around the Botanics in 350 years

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh dates back to 1670 when it began as a physic garden near the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 350 years later it is a world leading botanic garden famous for its unique plant collection, innovative and impactful science, extensive education and engagement programmes and delights one million…

Tue 10 Mar

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

Members' Coffee Morning & Talk: By leaves we live

Emma Nicolson, Head of Exhibitions, will give an introduction to the new vision for RBGE's visual arts programme where we will encourage and promote the exchange of ideas and consider the contemporary condition; drawing on the past, working with the present and imagining the future.

Tue 11 Feb

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

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

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

Nature's Voice: The Botanics’ 350th Anniversary Gala Concert

To mark its 350th anniversary, the Botanics is collaborating with Dunedin Consort and The Queen’s Hall to present a programme of music that celebrates nature, from Telemann’s Water Music to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Sat 10 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

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 23 Jan

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

Thu 30 Jan

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

Thu 6 Feb

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

…and 16 more dates until 25 Jun

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

£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

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

Wed 29 Apr

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

Wed 6 May

£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

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

£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

£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

£50/45 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

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

Tue 28 Apr

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

Tue 5 May

£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

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

£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

£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

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

Thu 30 Apr

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

Thu 7 May

£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

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

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

Sun 14 Jun

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

Scottish Snowdrop Festival: Displays in Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has a fascinating collection of specialist snowdrops, heralding the first signs of spring. Look out for them throughout the Garden or ask the visitor welcome team for specific locations.

Sat 25 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 26 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Mon 27 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 44 more dates until 11 Mar

Scottish Snowdrop Festival: Friday Snowdrop Walks

Round off the week with a fascinating garden guided tour of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's specialist snowdrop collection.

Fri 14 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Sat 15 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Sun 16 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00
…and 19 more dates until 6 Mar

Scottish Snowdrop Festival: Saturday Snowdrop Walks

Join an experienced Garden Guide to learn about the Garden's specialist snowdrops. Come and marvel at these little gems in the clarify of light that winter brings.

Sat 15 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Sun 16 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Mon 17 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00
…and 19 more dates until 7 Mar

Scottish Snowdrop Festival: Sunday Walks

Join an experienced Garden Guide to learn about the Garden's specialist snowdrops. Come and marvel at these little gems in the clarify of light that winter brings.

Sun 16 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Mon 17 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Tue 18 Feb

£6 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

  • 11:00 – 12:00
…and 19 more dates until 8 Mar

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

£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 30 May

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

Sun 31 May

£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

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

Sat 14 Mar

£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 22 Feb

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

Sat 9 May

 £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 14 Mar

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

Spring Flowers of Corsica

The Friends’ of RBGE Committee, in conjunction with Greentours, has organised a week-long trip to see the spring flowers of Corsica from 18-25 April 2020.  This scenically stunning island with its brick pink granitic cliffs and unspoilt shorelines, is home to beautiful and rare flora, especially orchids and bulbs, as well…

Sat 18 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 248 2909

Spring into Edible Gardening

Free drop in event for all ages. Come and join in with the Edible Gardening Project as we get started in the vegetable patch for another year. There will be information for budding gardeners, fun family friendly activities and fresh garden tasters. 

Sun 19 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Talk - James Sutherland: Botanist, Antiquary and Numismatist

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland invite you to a talk on James Sutherland: Botanist, Antiquary and Numismatist.  This talk will look at three aspects of this remarkable man.

Thu 30 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Think Plastic: Materials and Making

Think Plastic exhibition brings together local artists and scientists to explore the possibilities of transferring sustainable, recyclable and environmentally responsible plastics from the laboratory into craft and arts productions.

Fri 31 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sat 1 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sun 2 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 84 more dates until 26 Apr

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

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

Tue 12 May

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

Tue 19 May

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

Tue 26 May

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

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

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

Mon 11 May

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

Mon 18 May

 £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

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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sat 16 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Wildflower Identification

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

Sat 20 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Willow Basketry

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

Sat 29 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Sat 27 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Winter Tree Identification

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

Sat 25 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Winter Tree Identification

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

Sun 26 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Women's Hormonal Health

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

Sat 6 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 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

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

The world of lichens in Scotland's rainforest

There are c. 1500 species of lichen in Scotland and this diversity includes globally rare communities such as in Scotland’s temperate rainforest.

Wed 19 Feb

£7, £5 Members / 0131 248 2909

Woven Nut Basket

Venue: Potting Shed @Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sat 9 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Year of the Rat Celebration Concert at the Botanic Gardens

The Rainbow Melodies music ensemble from Tianjin University perform a selection of Chinese folk music on traditional instruments, such as the erhu, Chinese zither, drums, pipa and suona horn.

Thu 6 Feb

£5.98 / 0131 248 2909

YIDL Community Yoga sessions

Join us every Thursday morning from 10:30 - 12:00 for a free beginer yoga session in the historic Professors Room.

Thu 23 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 30 Jan

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 6 Feb

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 45 more dates until 17 Dec

Your Garden in Spring

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

Sat 2 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Your Garden in Summer

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

Sat 27 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Reviews & features

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8 Jan 2020

The RBGE unveils a year-long programme of events highlighting the global dangers of climate crisis and biodiversity loss

In commemoration of its 350th birthday, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has announced details of a year-long programme of activities and events designed to draw attention to the global threat that climate change poses to ecosystems and plant…

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3 Mar 2015

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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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