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
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Tues 25 Aug 2015
We run weekly classes and weekend workshops in many subjects from botany and horticulture, to herbology, garden history, art and wellbeing so why not come along and meet our tutors to discover our latest range of courses...
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 26 Sept 2015 — Sat 4 June 2016
Want to grow your own vegetables but don't know when to start?
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Tues 29 Sept — Tues 24 Nov 2015
This 8 week course aims to look at traditional medicine managed by wise people in tribes principally in Amazonia, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Wed 30 Sept — Wed 9 Dec 2015
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 (level 2) Certificate in Horticulture.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Wed 30 Sept — Wed 25 Nov 2015
Aimed at the complete beginner and using living plants from the garden, this eight-week course investigates the identification, function and ecology of familiar plant species. Useful as a pre-course to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Thurs 1 Oct — Thurs 15 Jan 2015
This 11-week course looks at the ways in which humans have used plants from preagricultural societies, through to the drive for sustainable plant use in the present day. A module of the BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 10 Oct 2015
Autumn in the garden is much more than raking leaves, with some wonderful late-flowering plants and plenty of critical jobs to be getting on with, to set up for the winter and the following year.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sun 1 Nov 2015
Come along and learn the basics of how, why and when to prune your trees and shrubs.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 14 Nov 2015 — Sat 3 Sept 2016
This two-day course will explain and tackle the bewildering choice of rootstocks and varieties, as well as general maintenance or summer pruning to help you establish trained fruit for your garden with confidence.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 5 Dec 2015
Make your own selection of seasonal herbal gifts just in time for Christmas on this one-day workshop! Includes Chocolate Orange Balm, Winter Spice Oil and Mulled Wine Mix.