Herbal medicine

Our short courses offer an introduction to the fascinating history and contemporary practice of herbal medicine. We also offer an RBGE Diploma in Herbology. Each of the individual programmes of study affords a unique opportunity to learn about the healing properties of herbs, create wonderful therapeutic remedies and explore behind the scenes of Edinburgh's oldest physic garden.

We offer a number of 10-week short courses:-

  • The Art of Herbs
  • Herbs for Healing
  • Natural Herbal Beauty
  • Medicine from Trees
  • Herbs of the Highlands
  • Foundation to the RBGE Diploma in Herbology

Details of these courses can be found in our current Continuing Education and Professional Course prospectus and in our forthcoming horticulture courses & workshops listings below.

Forthcoming horticulture courses & workshops

Introduction to Horticulture

A ten-week theoretical course covering a range of topics, from soil science to pruning to plant anatomy. Suitable as an overview of horticulture for absolute beginners, or as a stepping stone to the RHS (level2) Certificate in Horticulture.

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique that enhances everyday walking with the use of poles.

Herbs of Highlands

Learn all about the natural and nutritious remedies (and feel something of the magic!) of our native Celtic flora.

Garden Design for Gardeners

This new garden design course focuses mainly on the selection of plants for various settings and growing conditions, and explains how to create that all important year round interest for your garden. Taught by John Taylor.

Grow Your Own Vegetables - Session 3: Maintenance

Want to grow your own vegetables but don't know when to start?

Rhododendron Identification

Lean to identify some common rhododendrons through an introduction to identification using keys. Includes a lab-based session and walk to practise some of the techniques learned.

'Seasearch' Seaweeds Identification Course

'Seasearch' Seaweeds Identification Course

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are running a 2-day Seasearch Seaweed Identification Course based at Eyemouth, Scotland, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014. The course is open to divers and non-divers, whatever your existing level of knowledge, and aims to teach the basic biology of seaweeds, key methods of identification and collection techniques.

Fern Identification

There are around 70 species of fern and on this one-day workshop you will learn some of the simple skills to identify the most common ones around Edinburgh. You will also learn about their life cycle and useful distinguishing features, and enjoy putting your new knowledge into practice in the Garden.

Your Garden in Summer

With everything in full swing in the garden in summer, there are a host of jobs to do.

Your Garden in Summer

With everything in full swing in the garden in summer, there are a host of jobs to do- find out how to keep your flowering plants looking their best and avoid a tired- looking garden in the height of summer. Taught by John Taylor.

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Meadowsweet in bloom

Filipendula ulmaria (meadowsweet) – a classic herbal medicine in Scotland.

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