The Edible Gardening Project

The Edible Gardening Project is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and teaches people the skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food. The Project receives support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and is for those who are keen to grow their own food but don’t know where to begin.  

What do we do?

Public events:

We have a team of dedicated volunteers who work hard to keep our demonstration edible garden looking great. They are on hand at our events to provide support and advice to people who are interested in brushing up on basic horticultural skills. For more information about events go to the Edible Gardening Project what’s on page.

Work with community groups:

The Project provides opportunities for local community groups who want to grow food in the following ways:


We deliver a range of free workshops to groups such as Edinburgh Garden Partners and Greener Leith. Topics include vegetable growing for beginners, composting, growing winter vegetables and organic pest and disease control.

Community plots

We have a number of groups who look after their own vegetable plots and attend the garden on a weekly basis working alongside one of our community gardeners. Groups such as Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council and TEENS+ gain practical, hands on experience of growing vegetables and learn horticultural skills.

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