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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A Picture of Health

How can the crops we grow, and how we grow them, create healthy food and a healthy environment? Discover the science of farming for a healthier future. All Ages

Thu 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

After the Storm

An exhibition of fine furniture constructed from RBGE timber windblown during Cyclone Andrea in 2012. Highlighting the beauty of Scottish-grown timber and craftsmanship amongst our Scottish furniture makers, this exhibition also focuses on the restorative and rejuvenating effects of storms in Nature and trauma upon the…

Sat 25 Mar

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 26 Mar

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Mar

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 60 more dates until 26 May

Charity Garden Opening - The Glasshouses at the…

The Glasshouses with 10 climatic zones are a delight all year round. The Orchids and Cycads House brings together primitive cycads which dominated the land flora some 65 million years ago, and a diverse range of orchids, the most sophisticated plants in the world. In summer, giant water lilies, Victoria amazonica, are the…

Sun 11 Jun

To glasshouses £5.50, concessions £4.50, children under 16 free / 0131 248 2909

Coffee Morning & Talk: NW Vietnam - an oriental treasure trove

An illustrated talk from Richard Baines, Curator at Logan on a recent expedition focusing on three mountains in a remote part of Lao Cai region of Vietnam. Carried out as a collaborative venture between Kew, Glasgow & Cambridge Botanic Gardens and The Institute of Ecology& Biological Resources in Hanoi this trip…

Tue 11 Apr

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE to The Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row. 10am for coffee with talk at 10.30am

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

Coffee Morning & Talk: Scottish Plant Conservation at the Botanics

Exciting and novel techniques are being used at RBGE to overcome the challenges facing our rarest species. We are somewhere between the small scale species conservation of old and the larger scale ecosystem thinking of the future. Sally Eaton, Scottish Plants Conservation Officer will tell us about the work going on at…

Tue 9 May

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

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

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

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

Tue 19 Sep

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

Members £65 To reserve a place please contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

Coffee Morning & Talk: Working for RBGE in Modern China

Martyn Dickson will look back at his 16 years of working for RBGE in China and reflect on the challenges and possibilities. His varied work has included helping plan and create the Jade Dragon Field Station and Lijiang Alpine Botanical Garden; consultancy work on other gardens; surveying and collecting; lecturing and…

Tue 13 Jun

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

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

Coffee Morning & Walk: A visit to the newly rebuilt Alpine House

After 40 years the much-loved ‘old’ Alpine House and cold frames were coming to the end of their life and, this last winter, they have been rebuilt in the same traditional style so that we can continue growing and showing Alpine plants in the traditional way. Senior Horticulturalist Elspeth MacKintosh will give us a…

Tue 23 May

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

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

Designer Diets

Discover the power of maths in a quest to create healthier diets. Design your own diet making sure it is healthy, tasty, affordable and kind to the planet. Then use the diet construction program app to create a week's food plan that’s personalised for your age, gender and weight that will meet your dietary requirements…

Wed 12 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Disease Detectives

Become a disease detective and discover how science is helping us to prevent infection and fight disease, keeping farm animals and all of us safe and healthy. Your task is to diagnose the animal patients by identifying the viruses, bacteria and parasites that can cause disease. All Ages

Thu 13 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Early Morning Birdwalk at the RBGE

Hear the Dawn Chorus at the Botanics with a bird expert and a garden guide for a walk in the early morning when the birds have this beautiful place to themselves. Wear warm clothing and bring your binoculars. Join us afterwards for breakfast in the canteen. 15 places available

Tue 2 May

The West Gate by the John Hope Gateway

Members £8 To reserve a place contact the Membership office via members@rbge.org.uk or on 0131 552 5339. / 0131 248 2909

Easter Trail

The Botanics Bunny has invented a scrumptious chocolate bar with a very secret and very bonkers recipe. Can you help him find the missing ingredients? Complete the trail and claim your yummy chocolate reward, from Mackie's of Scotland, and a special Golden Ticket offering £2 discount for one adult into the Glasshouses to…

Sat 1 Apr

Starts from John Hope Gateway

£2 / 0131 248 2909

Sun 2 Apr

Starts from John Hope Gateway

£2 / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Apr

Starts from John Hope Gateway

£2 / 0131 248 2909

…and 14 more dates until 17 Apr

Friends of RBGE AGM

Join us for the Friends of RBGE's annual general meeting. The AGM will be follwed by a talk from Katherine Hayden from the science team at RBGE: 'Plant Health and Conservation: the view from Botanic Gardens'. At the Friends' Climate Change event in October last year there was a discussion on the topic of plant health and…

Thu 27 Apr

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row

Free / 0131 248 2909

Gardening the Earth

We have been growing our food for at least 10,000 years, resulting in an incredible diversity of crops. Take the food plant ID challenge and find out how food production could become more environmentally friendly. Then design your own crop, and see where your favourite foods sit on a giant family tree of plants. All Ages

Sat 8 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Gardens of Angus Day Trip - FULLY BOOKED

The tour heads to Forfar and The House of Pitmuies with its beautiful walled gardens and collections of old-fashioned roses and massed delphiniums. Enjoy the themed gardens in the historic Gallery Garden in Montrose and the superb 18th century Laird's property of Newtonmill House by Edzell with its long herbaceous…

Wed 5 Jul

John Hope Gateway

£65 for Members, Guests of members may also book on the trip Booking forms are available to download on the link below or from the Membership Office… / 0131 248 2909

The Gardens of Fife Day Trips - EXTRA DATE ADDED

Visits on this day trip include Wemyss Castle with its wonderful clematis collection and a town garden in St Andrews which dates back to c.1150.  Lunch is at the St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company and, in the afternoon, you will visit Balcarres House Gardens near Leven for a tour of its formal garden and woodland.

Wed 31 May

John Hope Gateway

£70 for Members, Guests of members may also book on the trip Booking forms are available to download on the link below or from the Membership Office… / 0131 248 2909

Harvesting for Health

Explore how the bugs in your gut harvest the good stuff from your food, and discover what foods are good for your heart, gut and the environment. Then take your chance in a game of guts and bugs, make a placemat or try some of the tasty treats on offer. All Ages

Mon 10 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Healthy Soil Healthy Food

Soil is really important! Crops like cereals, vegetables and fruit all depend on good soil. Become a soil scientist and find out what makes a healthy soil. Test soil samples and work out how they can be improved. We’ll also introduce you to the critters that live in soil as they play a vital role in maintaining soil…

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

I Still Believe…

Posters and invitation cards from exhibitions at the much-missed Inverleith House, one of the best-placed galleries in the city until its closure in autumn 2016.

Sat 25 Mar

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Mar

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Mar

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 82 more dates until 18 Jun

International Women's Day 2017

The exhibition represents the work of women across RBGE and each story highlights the contribution that the women have made to their chosen field.      The theme of International Women’s Day 2017 is “Be Bold For Change”. Whether it is as pioneers in their field or by visiting far-flung parts of the world to discover new…

Sat 25 Mar

John Hope Gateway / Library Foyer, Science Buildings

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 26 Mar

John Hope Gateway / Library Foyer, Science Buildings

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Mar

John Hope Gateway / Library Foyer, Science Buildings

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 3 more dates until 30 Mar

Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Pop in anytime and look out for the team at work in the garden. Take a walk around our productive garden with the Edible Gardening Project volunteers, find out what jobs need doing in your own garden now and have your vegetable growing questions answered. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Mon 27 Mar

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 28 Mar

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 3 Apr

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 7 more dates until 25 Apr

N W Vietnam, an Oriental Treasure Trove

An illustrated talk from Richard Baines, Curator at Logan on a recent expedition focusing on three mountains in a remote part of Lao Cai region of Vietnam. Carried out as a collaborative venture between Kew, Glasgow & Cambridge Botanic Gardens and The Institute of Ecology & Biological Resources in Hanoi this trip…

Tue 13 Jun

David Douglas Room at the John Hope Gateway

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

Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show 2017

Exhibits of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, alpine, woodland and other bulbs. The Show schedule can be found on The Caley website www.rchs.co.uk. Exhibitors welcomed.  With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society

Sat 8 Apr

Fletcher Building

£3, Children, students and members Free No booking required / 0131 248 2909

Sun 9 Apr

Fletcher Building

£3, Children, students and members Free No booking required / 0131 248 2909

Scottish Plant Conservation at the Botanics

Exciting and novel techniques are being used at RBGE to overcome the challenges facing our rarest species. We are somewhere between the small scale species conservation of old and the larger scale ecosystem thinking of the future. Sally Eaton, Scottish Plants Conservation Officer will tell us about the work going on at…

Tue 9 May

David Douglas Room at the John Hope Gateway

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

Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017: Edinburgh Rhododendron Trail

Follow the trail to enjoy a rewarding walk through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's fantastic collection of rhododendrons.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

…and 58 more dates until 31 May

Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Enjoy the stunning Living Collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which includes some 260 rhododendron species and 3,500 plants are on display in the Copse, Woodland Garden and Rock Garden areas.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

…and 58 more dates until 31 May

Spring Festival

Come and join in with the Edible Gardening Project as we get started in the vegetable patch for another year. Be inspired by nature and learn all about gardening in an environmentally friendly way. With information for budding gardeners, fun family friendly activities and fresh garden tasters. Supported by players of…

Sat 29 Apr

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 30 Apr

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

Succession Planting in the Mixed Border at Great Dixter

Fergus Garrett will use the magnificent Long Border of Great Dixter as an example of how to plan and put into practice a long season border using structural plants, underplanting and interplanting of bulbs, use of self-sowers, pockets of bedding, masking with climbers, and good maintenance.

Tue 18 Apr

Lecture Theatre

£20, £18 for Members, RBGE, RCHS and Students Bookings open on Wednesday 1 February. To book contact the Membership office of RBGE on 0131 552… / 0131 248 2909

Tour to Orkney and the North of Scotland

The tour will visit several gardens including Melsetter House, The Quoy of Houton, Marengo Garden and the garden of Kierfold as well as other interesting archaelogical sites and attractions on Orkney.  Cawdor Castle, the Castle of Mey and the Hercules Garden at Blair Castle are also stops on this trip.  Download more…

Sun 16 Jul

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

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

Mon 17 Jul

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

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

Tue 18 Jul

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

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

…and 2 more dates until 20 Jul

Tour to South Africa

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

Tue 12 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

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

Wed 13 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

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

Thu 14 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

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

…and 12 more dates until 26 Sep

A Visit to the newly rebuilt Alpine House

After 40 years the much-loved ‘old’ Alpine House and cold frames were coming to their end of their life and, this last winter, they have been rebuilt in the same traditional style so that we can continue growing and showing Alpine plants in the traditional way. Senior Horticulturalist Elspeth MacKintosh will give us a…

Tue 23 May

David Douglas Room at the John Hope Gateway, from where we will walk to the Alpine Yard

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

Working for RBGE in Modern China

Martyn Dickson will look back at his 16 years of working for RBGE in China and reflect on the challenges and possibilities. His varied work has included helping plan and create the Jade Dragon Field Station and Lijiang Alpine Botanical Garden; consultancy work on other gardens; surveying and collecting; lecturing and…

Tue 11 Apr

David Douglas Room at the John Hope Gateway

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

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