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

Botany for Beginners

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.

Trained Fruit Trees

Trained Fruit Trees

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.

The Confection Box

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.

Drawing the Garden of Your Dreams

Drawing the Garden of Your Dreams

This two-day workshop will particularly focus on the drawing skills and principles of garden design to help you create an outdoor space.

Winter Tree Identification

This one-day workshop is designed for complete beginners and will equip you with the skills to identify trees throughout the year.

Your Garden in Spring

As buds are bursting and the garden reawakens, spring is one of the busiest times for the plants and the gardener. Find out how to keep on top of all this

Garden Design for Gardeners

A course that 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.

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 (level 2) Certificate in Horticulture.

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Meadowsweet in bloom

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

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