Animal hunters will be taking part in a nocturnal wildlife safari when the Royal Botanic Garden stays open late on Midsummer’s Eve on Thursday, 21 June.
The Garden, which normally closes its gates at 6pm, stays open until 10.30pm for just one evening each year to give people the chance to enjoy the Botanics in Midsummer.
Badgers and foxes, normally nocturnal creatures, are just two of the animals that might be seen during tours led by RSPB guides, who will also be telling visitors about the Garden’s birdlife.
Evening is always an enchanting time in the Glasshouses and visitors will get free admission as part of the Midsummer celebration between 6pm and 9pm. The Glasshouses will close at 9.30pm.
Indoor supervisor, Fiona Inches, commented: “You don’t have to spend money on an air ticket to see the Tropics, when for one night only there will be free access to the ten climatic zones of the Glasshouse Experience at RBGE. This is a wonderful opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the Glasshouses as dusk falls and the birds and insects settle in for the night.’’
In a joint celebration of Midsummer and the final day of the outdoor sculpture exhibition Thomas Houseago: The Beat of the Show, Inverleith House in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, will present an evening of live music within the Garden.
Dr John Hails, lecturer in Music at the Ian Tomlin Academy of Music at Napier University has developed a composition in celebration of the work of Thomas Houseago and the musical debut will mark the start of an evening of John Cage compositions. Each composition will be performed alongside an outdoor sculpture, constructing a loose tour of the exhibition and allowing audience members a unique and intimate experience of the work of Houseago and Cage.