Education Courses

Painting the Outdoors

To accompany the National Galleries' summer show of American Impressionism, artist David Forster will explore the expressive possibilities of watercolour painting outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Our Celtic Flora

Our native plants are incredibly versatile. Spend an afternoon looking at the tradicional uses of Scottish native palnts and patterns of plant use.

Adult Education Open Evening

Adult Education Open Evening

We run weekly classes and weekend workshops in many subjects from botany and horticulture, to herbology, garden history, art and wellbeing so why not come along and meet our tutors to discover our latest range of courses...

Perspective for the Botanical Artist

A weekend workshop exploring perspective as a means of creating visually dynamic qualities that will enhance the illusion of form and depth creating a strong visual impact in your botanical studies.

Building a Strong Portfolio (14yrs+)

This course is specifically aimed at students who are interested in building their portfolio and presenting it for further education.

Introduction to Documentary Video

For those with a love for the natural world and photography this course provides an introduction to documentary videography with a focus on botanical subjects.

Trainings in Mindfulness

This one-day workshop is designed for those who have an interest in working with their mind in a clear and relaxed way.

Learn to Relax

Learning to relax is a friendly invitation to come home to yourself. Being present to whatever experiences arise in the mind without necessarily engaging them brings greater flexibility and clarity to one’s life. Six sessions over 12 weeks led by Ian Tullis.

Fungi Identification for Beginners

An introduction to the identification of fungi. You will be introduced to the different field characteristics of each of the families and their genera, how to apply these to identification keys, and good practice for collection.

Know your Onions, Botany from the Vegetable Patch

On this one-day workshop you will learn to distinguish your roots from your shoots and your axils from your apices on this hands-on introduction to botany using the plants we know best.

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