World of Plants

This summer, visit our Glasshouses and new exhibition, Plant Scenery of the World, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the 'Front Range', the Garden's modernist Glasshouses that opened in 1967, and the exotic plants that thrive within them.

Glasshouse Visit

Open daily from 10am (close 5pm) | Adult £6.50, Concession £5.50, Child (15 and under) free

Explore the world of plants under glass by visiting the Garden’s spectacular Glasshouses. Walk through ten different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert, and see over 3,000 exotic plants from tropical, temperate, rainforest and arid lands. Click here for more information on the Glasshouses.

Plant Scenery of the World

Sat 29 July–Sun 29 October 2017 | Inverleith House and the Front Range Glasshouses | Open Tues - Fri, 11am - 5.30pm, Sat - Sun, 10am - 5pm (closed Mondays) | free

Plant Scenery of the World presents new, commissioned and existing work by Laura Aldridge, Charlie Billingham, Bobby Niven, Oliver Osborne and Ben Rivers, alongside rare and unseen archival material, botanical paintings by Isik Güner, Jacqui Pestell and Sharon Tingey and historical paintings by R.K. Greville from the Garden’s own collection.

This major new group exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of our iconic modernist glasshouses, the ‘Front Range’, opened in 1967 to house plants collected in tropical regions by British explorers. 

Reflecting on the Garden’s 200 year history of building for plants, dialogical displays of newly commissioned artwork, exotic plants and archival material will critically examine the glasshouses’ past, current and future use, and evoke the theatrical, awe-inspiring, utopian and naturalistic display of plants under glass.

Highlights of the summer exhibition include:

  • Laura Aldridge continues her longstanding engagement with sculpture as an immersive, sensory-driven experience through a new nature printed floor using exotic plant material grown in the Glasshouses.
  • Charlie Billingham creates an energetic and elegant room installation with wall prints and painting installations stylistically borrowed from the work of Enlightenment and Regency-era social satirists.
  • Oliver Osborne brings together a selection of emotive and ambivalent rubber plant paintings in a vivid room installation.
  • Bobby Niven presents a series of hand carved anthropomorphic sculptures to animate the Gallery and Glasshouses.

For more information on the exhibition click here

Photo: Oliver Osborne Rubber Plant, 2015, Oil on Linen, 28 x 38cm. Courtesy of the artist and Giò Marconi, Milan


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