Family Events

Planting Ideas for Atmosphere & Visual Richness

Chelsea Gold Medal-winning designer Paul Hervey- Brookes will lead an intensive weekend workshop which explores the character of plants and how best to use them to create atmosphere in both planting schemes and when laying out the structure of a new garden.

Bird song Identification

Run in conjunction with the RSPB


Learn the basics of Modern Italic Script on this one-day workshop with calligrapher Michael Ashley.

Turtles in Trouble

Turtles in Trouble

Come and find out what you can do to help Scotland's rare turtles, from our satellite tagging program to reducing marine litter which can injure them. Say hello to Lola our life size Leatherback turtle model or make your own turtle or jellyfish finger puppet!

Fascinating Plants

Fascinating Plants

If you're fascinated by plants come and celebrate the wonderful diversity of plants with staff from the Botanics. This event provides a rare opportunity to see some unusual plants and discover why plants can be so varied in their appearance.

Botanical Artistry: Bees at the Botanics - Ali McLeod

Over five weeks we will use miniature paintbrushes and watercolour to create an exquisitely detailed illustration of a bee and flowers from RBGE, whilst learning about the essential role these insects play in all our gardens.

Open Day

We promise a fun day out for all the family at this year's Open Day!

Forth Under Threat

Forth Under Threat

The Firth of Forth has outstanding wildlife and great opportunities to see it up close in boats and at the beach. Marine Conservation Society is working to turn the tide on the threats our oceans face. Come and find out how you could help.

Build your own Bat Box

With help from the volunteers of Dumfries and Galloway’s Bat Group, come along and make your own bat box to take away and place in your garden; as well as joining in with other batty activities.

Create a Dragon Fly mobile

Come along and find out how to convert some canes, pipe cleaners, beads, fishing line and plastic sheet into a dragonfly mobile. When complete, take them home to hang in your bedroom.

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)