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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?

Wonders from Willow Withies

This workshop will teach the basic techniques of working with willow withies, leading to weaving a conical plant climber or creating a sculpture from nature.

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.

Perfect Your Pruning

Come along and learn the basics of how, why and when to prune your trees and shrubs.

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.

Buck-up berry tonics: Wild berries to wonderful concoctions

Social sessions inspired by the Garden, for people affected by dementia, their friends, relatives and supporters. Sessions include sensory activities and informal chat with refreshments.

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