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.


A large round colourful feta and herb frittata set on a wooden chopping board

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Early April 2021

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 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…
A mound of dry ingredients of vegetables and flour on a table surface ready to be mixed

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late March 2021

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 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…
A pine table set with a dish of cheese on toast and a bowl of homemade tomato soup

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Early March 2021

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 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…
A white plate with a slice of toast topped with bright green avacadoa, a split poached egg garnished with smoked paprika

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late February 2021

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 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…
A breakfast table set with awhite platter with pancakes, chopped banana and pecan nuts

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late January 2021

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 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…
A table set for serving with white plates and a large cooking pan full of spiced, herby rice and quatered boiled eggs

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Early January 2021

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 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…
An oven dish piled high with small vegetable sausage rolls

Botanic Cottage Cook Club December 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…
image shows a pinecone dusted in snow

Hints and tips for Fair festivities

Here in the Community Engagement Team at the Botanics, we're always interested in living well, eating well, connecting with the natural world, practicing sustainability and reusing, reducing and recycling. You'll see this in all of our activities, whether it's the Edible Gardening Project or our fantastic programme at the Botanic Cottage. That's why each year we take part in St Andrew's Fair Saturday.
Dining table with jar of granola,spoons and bowls

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late November 2020

Botanic Cottage Cook Club Late November 2020
Image shows a large cabbage ready for harvest in November

Winter in your edible garden

Winter does not mean that it's time to get out of the garden. In fact, there is plenty still to be done at this time of year. See our hints and tips below to round off your year and begin thinking ahead to next year!