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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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 29 Apr

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 30 Apr

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 1 May

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 27 more dates until 28 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: 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

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

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: 7 June

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

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 29 Apr

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 30 Apr

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

Mon 1 May

John Hope Gateway Centre

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 48 more dates until 18 Jun

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 1 May

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

Tue 2 May

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

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

Orkney is my Garden

Claudia Ferguson-Smyth, a Recorder with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and a volunteer in the RBGE Herbarium will tell the story of the important 20th century Orkney botanists responsible for the only specimens of Orkney flora in the Henry Halcro Johnston Herbarium at RBGE.  This event will be of particular…

Thu 29 Jun

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

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

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 Display

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

Sat 29 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Sun 30 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Mon 1 May

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

…and 30 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 29 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Sun 30 Apr

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

Mon 1 May

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Scottish Rhododendron Festival.

…and 30 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. With Edinburgh Wildlife…

Sat 29 Apr

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

Sun 30 Apr

Demonstration Garden

Free / 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

Travellers in Ottoman lands: the botanical legacy

This pioneering two-day international Seminar is organised by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants (part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh), Cornucopia and support from the Turkish Consulate General in Edinburgh. Papers…

Sat 13 May

Fletcher Building

Free Booking required - Registration closes on 3rd May 2017 / 0131 248 2909

Sun 14 May

Fletcher Building

Free Booking required - Registration closes on 3rd May 2017 / 0131 248 2909

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

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