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.


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?

Meet the Gardener 2020

It’s a new year and time to announce our ‘Meet the Gardener’ sessions as part of the Edible Gardening project
Man holding a tiny potato the size of a bean.

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