Drop-in Events

Tree Trails

Enjoy the lore and legends of Scotland’s trees- oak, birch, pine and rowan- as autumn merges into winter. Led by local storytellers. Programme available indoors in wet weather.

The Quest for Paradise

Why are there always gardens in Paradise? What is the allure, the magic, the stories and traditions that evoke our longing and encourage us to design heavens on Earth.

Healing Plants

The story of the Royal Botanic Garden begins in Edinburgh’s Old Town with herbal and physic gardens. Follow the trail from the Royal Mile to Leith to Inverleith, led by both botany and medicine.

Hidden Meanings

From Renaissance emblems to children’s secret gardens, literature is full of garden imagery and symbolic associations. Why do we place our longings and desires in gardens, and how is that language still evolving?

Botanic Lights 2015

Botanic Lights 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Botanic Lights 2015. As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Garden, featuring some enchanting light installations.

Meet the Glasshouse Staff

Meet the Glasshouse Staff

Come along to find out more about our stunning collection of plants from the people who care from them. Each month meet a different member of our indoor horticulture team in one of our ten glasshouses, each with different specialist knowledge.

John Hope

John Hope was the Regius Keeper who moved the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to Leith Walk. Come to grips with an inspiring and practical Enlightenment luminary which looks at his life and legacy.


From the Romantics to contemporary design, we have re-invented gardens as imagined worlds. How is this reflected in the diverse patterns of the Royal Botanic Garden and other contemporary gardens?

Slow Food

Slow Food

Come and explore the art of producing your own food, from high-class restaurants to kids' veg patches. Join Slow Food Edinburgh to learn, dig, eat, forage and connect with people producing their own food all over the world - the good, clean and fair way.

Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Meet the Edible Gardening Team

Take a look around our productive garden with the Edible Gardening Project volunteers. Find out what jobs need doing in your own garden now and have your vegetable growing questions answered.

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