Horticulture, botany and environment

With its internationally renowned living collections, herbarium, botanical library and most importantly the experience and expertise of its staff, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a truly excellent environment in which to learn about plants and the environment.

 Short Course students in the garden

We offer a wide range of leisure courses, from one-day workshops through to ten-week part time courses.

  • Botany courses
  • Horticulture courses
  • Garden design courses
  • Garden history courses
  • Ethnobotany (How people use plants) courses and workshops
  • Herbal medicine courses

These are a great way to get more familiar with the living world around you; whether you enjoy getting your hands dirty in the garden, are fascinated by plants in the wild or want to explore how our relationship with plants and gardens has evolved and changed. 

Booking and course costs

For full information on all these courses including costs, you can download the current Continuing Education and Professional Course prospectus from the ‘Downloads' box on the right. Courses can be booked by returning the booking form (see 'Downloads' box) or by telephoning the Education office. For further details, please contact the Education office via our enquiry form (select ‘Education') or directly at:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh
EH3 5LR
Telephone: 0131 248 2937

We offer a 10% discount to Members of RBGE on most of our short courses and workshops.

Some of these short courses also qualify for an Individual Learning Account (ILA) that provides financial support for adult learners training. Please see the ILA Scotland website for further details of the scheme, and eligibility.

Garden design at RBGE.

Taking your studies further

RBGE also offers a full suite of certificated and degree-level professional courses including:

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