The Edible Gardening Project is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and teaches people the skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food.  Supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project is for those who are keen to grow their own food but don’t know where to begin.

Key to the project are the volunteers who work hard to keep our demonstration edible garden looking fabulous. They are on hand at our workshops and drop in sessions to provide support and advice to people who are interested in brushing up on basic horticultural skills.

For information on events go to the Edible Gardening what’s on page.


Winning entry from the U3A

Edible Gardening Project’s Harvest Competition results

This year we've had to be a little inventive with our Harvest Produce Competition. Usually the competition is open to community gardens and groups, but we know that some many of you have found solace in your gardens and allotments, and particularly in growing your own food, over the Covid-19 lockdown. For this reason the team decided to open the competition to a wider range of people and accept online submissions for the first time. Well done to all who entered.
Image shows a basket of produce: courgettes, cucumber, beans, marrow

Harvest Festival produce competition

If you've been growing your own vegetables this year why not take part in the Edible Gardening Project's harvest festivities? Take part in our produce competition by submitting your photos and help us celebrate our love of homegrown veg!
Image shows four jars on the worktop filled with a breakfast cranachan - yoghurt, oats and raspberries

Botanic Cottage Cook Club early August 2020

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that’s been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the Botanic Cottage is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won’t let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa…
Vegetable beds int he foreground, with the cream coloured Botanic Cottage building in the background

Botanic Cottage Garden Social August Blog

On the first Friday of each month the Botanic Cottage hosts a drop-in session for those living with dementia and their family members, always with an RBGE inspired theme. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not meeting as a group yet, but instead our Garden Social tutor Jaimie is producing a written blog. Over to Jaimie...
plate with three fishcakes

Botanic Cottage Cook Club late April 2020

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that’s been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the garden is now closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won’t let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa…

Botanic Cottage Cook Club April 2020

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that’s been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the garden is now closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won’t let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa…

Spring into Edible Gardening

This weekend should have seen us host our first community engagement event of the year, our annual Spring festival where we encourage everyone to get growing for another year. COVID-19 restrictions means we will have to miss it this year but we can still get growing in our gardens, our kitchens, balconies, shared greens and window ledges. Read this blog to find out more...

Monthly dementia friendly garden social

On the first Friday of each month the Botanic Cottage hosts a drop-in session for those living with dementia and their family members, always with an RBGE inspired theme. With the garden currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our tutor Jaimie has created an online session this month on the theme of rhododendron, currently in bloom across the country, complete with instructions on how to craft your own paper flowers!
A picture of one of the completed dishes. A sweet potato topped with vegetable chilli and cheese

Botanic Cottage Cook Club March 2020

Once a fortnight we hold a cook club at the Botanic Cottage. Anyone is welcome to join us to learn new cooking skills and to enjoy a healthy meal that's been freshly prepared by the group. Sadly, the garden is now closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we won't let that stop us! Cottage Cook Club tutor Ailsa has prepared some great recipes from store cupboard ingredients to encourage us to keep home cooking and keep eating right. Over to Ailsa...

The Edible Gardening project is recruiting volunteers

Do you fancy learning more about horticulture and food growing? Why not volunteer with us at the Edible Gardening project?