A Walk Through Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens
Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens hold a special place in my heart, for I have spent many happy hours there in the past. A repeat visit was high on my wish list when I visited Scotland in late August.
The East Gate Entrance
I love to enter by the East Gate as it borders Inverleith Row, where I once worked as a natural medicines therapist.
These beautiful daisy gates welcomed me!
The Rock Garden
One of my favourite areas – The Rock Garden, is close to the East Gate. I never tire of it’s beauty.
Botanically restored, I strolled on through native woodlands, and very welcome shade from the hot sunshine.
The West Gate
The Gateway Restaurant inside The West Gate, beckoned me for a much needed cool drink and an ice cream. The view from the terrace is magical.
An exhibition space is located downstairs in The John Hope Gateway.
The Botanic’s Shop
The Botanic’s Shop next door was hard to resist! I bought the following bulbs and seeds:
The shop sells a lovely variety of other horticultural gifts, that are very tempting…
The Herbaceous Border and Beech Hedge
The Herbaceous Border is another favourite of mine.
It has a stunning backdrop of an 8 metre high Beech hedge.
The border induced a most wonderful sense of peace and JOY. I could have sat on a bench all day in admiration!
The following are some of the HOT colour combinations.
Tended by industrious gardeners.
And here are some more PASTEL colour combinations to inspire you in your planting.
The Demonstration Garden
I walked on through The Demonstration Garden on the other side of the beech hedge, where visitors can meet The Edible Gardening Team, and learn more about vegetable growing.
The Potato Famine
One bed in particular caught my attention – home to The Lumper variety of potato which was widely grown here in Ireland in the 1840s. Sadly, potato blight gave rise to a famine, which caused widespread emigration and an estimated 1 million deaths from starvation.
The gardens cover more than 70 acres – way too much for me to cover in one day.
Garden Entry is free.
However, a fee is charged for The (ten) Glasshouses Visit and Guided Tours.
There are three places to eat and drink – The Gateway Restaurant at The West Gate, The Terrace Cafe and The East Gate Lodge Coffee Bar.
The Botanic’s Shop sells a wonderful variety of gifts, plants and souvenirs.
A “What’s On” and “Adult Education Programme” provide more horticultural inspiration.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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