Cultural Events

A History of Native Timber in Scottish Furniture Making

Stephen Jackson, Senior Curator of Furniture and Woodwork at National Museums Scotland, will discuss the use of native timber in Scottish furniture making from the 16th century to the present day.



Embrace takes you on an outdoor journey through the Garden. The production is inspired by the ancient Indian legend of Amrita Devi, who gave her life trying to protect the trees in her village. Using aerial, shadow and installations, it asks how far we are prepared to go to stand up for our beliefs and make a difference? Conceived, designed and directed by Kim Bergsagel. Film by Robbie Thomson. Music by Ewan Macintyre.

An essential resource; the many uses of Scottish woods throughout history

Christopher Smout, academic, historian, author and Historiographer Royal in Scotland will discuss the history of Scottish woodlands, forest management and timber.



This concert from string duo High Heels & Horse Hair celebrates the rich diversity of Scotland’s plant life and its music. In 1755 Scottish Baroque composer James Oswald published ‘Airs for the Seasons’, a remarkable compendium of 96 duos for violin and cello, each depicting a different plant or flower and written on a single side of paper. Inspired by these, and using the same criteria, 8 of Scotland’s leading composers have written new miniatures exploring native plants and their many uses in society over the centuries.

Vino at the Botanics with the team from Vino Stockbridge

Vino at the Botanics with the team from Vino Stockbridge

Join local wine merchant Vino at RBGE's magnificent Caledonian Hall to taste samples of their Scottish craft beers, French and sparkling wines, accompanied by buffet style food.

Christmas in the Gallery

With a glass of mulled wine to set the mood, join us for an evening of music and laughter. A light supper is also included.

Buster Keaton's

Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill Jr" with live musical accompaniment

Join us for a screening of Buster Keaton's 1928 comedy "Steamboat Bill Jr" with a newly composed/improvised score performed live by Jane Gardner (piano), Roddy Long (violin), and Hazel Morrison (percussion). The film will be followed by refreshments.

Evening Talk: Petticoats and Plants - Scotland’s Gardening Women, 1800 – 1930

Join the Friends of RBGE and the Garden History Society of Scotland for their joint Spring lecture

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