RBGE's Yurt is situated north of the Glasshouses between the Chilean Terrace and the Exhibition Hall. Yurts have traditionally been used as a portable houses by nomadic tribes. Our Yurt was given a permanent home at the request of the Education Department, who utilise it for numerous school visits. Surrounding it are beds with a number of ethnobotanical plants.
Elecampane (Inula helenium) has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. A gently warming and tonic herb, it is especially effective in treating coughs, consumption, bronchitis and many other complaints of the chest as well as disorders of the digestive system.
Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) was always harvested from the wild until the first European plantings of the herb were established almost a thousand years ago. Theophrastus notes the sweet flavour of the roots and says it is used for asthma, dry cough and all diseases of the lungs. Napoleon chewed liquorice sticks and that's what is said to have turned his teeth black.
Other garden features include....
- Chinese Hillside
- Ecological & Cryptogamic Garden
- Glasshouse Borders
- Herbaceous Border
- Peat Walls
- Queen Mother's Memorial Garden
- Rock Garden
- Scottish Heath Garden
- Woodland Garden