If you are ever in the Edinburgh area or Scotland, please make time to visit the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. It was a beautiful place that you could quite easily spend the day exploring; both the outdoor gardens and the indoor glasshouses. There are good restaurants, a gift shop and an art display.
First off, admission is free! Not much in life is free so this is huge for a lot of people. It was a welcome relief for us, I know. The garden is open 10am-6pm March to September; 10am-5pm February to October; and 10am-4pm November to January. There are 70 beautiful acres to explore with nearly 273,000 plants.
Some collections at the Garden are: Alpine Plants, Chinese Hillside, Cryptogamic Garden, Peat Walls, The Queen Mother’s memorial garden, Rock Garden, Scottish Heath Garden, and Woodland Garden.
The beautiful glasshouses are: Palmhouses (both temperate and tropical), Ferns and Fossils, Arid Lands, Wet Tropical House, Rainforest Riches, Orchids and Cycads, Montane tropical house, and Plants and people.
Pictures speak louder than words, so the rest of the article will be a picture essay of our exploration of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh.
If you are ever in Scotland you should consider a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. You will be glad you did.