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Garden Buildings: Introduction

Building for Nature Buildings have been important to gardens for thousands of years – from the humble wooden shed for potting to magnificent glass palaces in which to…

Inverleith House

Inverleith House was designed by David Henderson in 1773 and built the following year. It stood at the heart of Sir James Rocheid’s estate, which comprised not only…

Caledonian Hall

Built by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society when this part of the Garden was under their care, the Caledonian Hall is a beautiful example of a Victorian exhibition…

East Gate Lodge

William Henry Playfair was responsible for some of Edinburgh’s grandest buildings, including the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland, but the East Gate Lodge is…

The Herbarium

Officially opened by HM The Queen in 1964, the Herbarium and Library was built to house the collection of three million preserved plant specimens held by the Royal…

The Linnaeus Monument

This handsome monument honours the great Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who popularised a system of sexual classification of plants in the 18th century. It originally stood in the…

Main Glasshouse Range

When built in 1967 the 128 metre long main glasshouse range was regarded as the greatest innovation in glasshouse design in a century. The then Curator of the…

The Temperate Palm House

Completed in 1858, the Temperate Palm House is the tallest traditional Palm House in Britain, with a height of 21.95 metres. Designed by Robert Matheson, the glasshouse cost…

The Botanic Cottage

Designed by two of the most renowned’ architects of the 18th century – John Adam (brother of Robert) and James Craig (designer of Edinburgh’s New Town plan) –…

The John Hope Gateway

Named after one of the most visionary leaders in the history of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the John Hope Gateway is one of the best visitor welcome…

Growing greener credentials at Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden, one of Dumfries & Galloway’s leading visitor attractions, has underscored its commitment to saving the environment by being one of the first Gardens in Scotland…

New signage is coming to Inverleith

The installation of new welcome and navigation signage for the Edinburgh Garden starts on Wednesday 21 March and will continue for a couple of weeks. You may have…

Goodbye to old friend 19665087A – Ostrya carpinifolia

There is a certain quiet bench in the Edinburgh garden where lunch can be enjoyed even on the most crowded of days. In addition to its seclusion the…

Chinese Hillside

Who stole our ting?

Suggesting a meeting at the ting is always a good, if slightly cruel, test of garden knowledge.  Many visitors and quite a few staff don’t know that the…

Public lecture: The greening of the Arctic

Thursday 18th January sees the Botanical Society of Scotland lecture – The greening of the Arctic with Dr Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh. Isla Myers-Smith is a global change…

Project Soothe Exhibition Report

We have finished pulling together the results from the Project Soothe Exhibition that we held here at RBGE in September and October last year. If you are one…

Plant destroyers in action

Visitors to the gardens will be familiar with the foot baths at all entrances. These foot baths are just one of the measures we take to protect our…

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Botanics Stories

We’d like to say a big thank you to the thirty two thousand people who visited Botanics Stories in 2017 and invite you all back next year to…

Glencoe (Photo: © The National Trust for Scotland)

Wildlife from a wild place: the flora and fauna of Glencoe National Nature Reserve

This Thursday sees the Botanical Society of Scotland Christmas lecture – Wildlife from a wild place: the flora and fauna of Glencoe National Nature Reserve with Dan Watson from National…

How interconnected are you with nature?

During the recent Project Soothe Exhibition we asked visitors a simple question: How interconnected are you with nature? Please tick the picture below which best describes your relationship with…