Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s ‘Night in the Garden’ joins Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

Following the launch of Botanic Lights – Night in the Garden, the new evening light event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) this winter, organisers have today announced support of £25,000 from Homecoming Scotland 2014, which sees Night in the Garden take its place among a host of events happening throughout the country this year.

Taking place from 30 October to 23 November, Night in the Garden is the first outdoor light experience of its kind at the Botanics, where visitors will be invited to enter the Garden after dark for a magical outdoor event featuring a combination of light and nature. The event fits perfectly into the Homecoming Scotland programme which celebrates the very best of Scotland’s culture, creativity, natural resources and food and drink.

The event has been created by RBGE and Edinburgh-based Unique Events, in association with Scottish light artist Malcolm Innes and his colleague Euan Winton. The artists’ vision means that night-time visitors will be able to make their way through a one kilometre route full of light and shadow and experience the Botanics in an entirely new manner, with interactive stations and a few unexpected surprises along the way.

Heather Jackson, RBGE’s Director of Enterprise, commented: “As Scotland ‘Welcomes the World’ in 2014, we are delighted to be a part of it with Night in the Garden becoming a Homecoming Scotland event. We believe that we will showcase the best natural heritage that Scotland has to offer in the most creative way – and this partnership will allow us to make the event very special.”

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of our key attractions, drawing visitors from near and far to Edinburgh and its sites across the country.

“I am delighted that the Botanics is joining the celebration of Homecoming Scotland through the Botanic Lights event which will showcase the Garden’s rich collection of plants in a different light.

“I would encourage local communities and visitors to our country to sample this and the many other events and activities in the Homecoming programme happening across Scotland throughout the remainder of the year.”

Tickets for Night in the Garden (30 October – 23 November) are on sale now from www.rbge.org.uk/botaniclights, by calling 0844 573 8455, or in person at The Fringe Shop, 180 High Street, Edinburgh. They are priced £12.50 for adults and £6.00 for children, aged four to 15, plus booking fee. Children three and under and essential carers go free. When purchasing tickets, visitors will be asked to select a time slot (30 minute intervals) and their walk around the Garden will last approximately one hour.


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)