Walks and Talks

Plant Collecting in Japan and the Development of Benmore's Japanese Valley

Come along to hear about collecting trips to Japan and their influence on the Benmore Garden.

Evening Talk: Habitat Restoration by Botanic Gardens - A Photo Documentary

Evening Talk: Habitat Restoration by Botanic Gardens - A Photo Documentary

Nature and conservation photographer Barney Wilczak takes us through his photo documentary of the pioneering work carried out by the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens.

Storytelling for a Greener World

Experience natural stories of all kinds in the beautiful setting of Edinburgh’s botanical gardens. Stories will emerge gently in different locations, while story walks meander between the story encampment and the outer reaches. Also included is an introduction to the ground-breaking Hawthorn Press book, Storytelling for a Greener World, and a specially commissioned performance of Where Curlews Call by Malcolm Green and Nick Hennessey.

Tweed Valley Forest Festival Autumn Walk.

Tweed Valley Forest Festival Autumn Walk.

This autumn walk around the Garden is part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival which runs from 24th October to 2nd November 2014. www.forest-festival.com

All Wrapped up for Christmas

A demonstration from Blue Sky Workshops on new ways to wrap up your Christmas gifts. Come along and join the fun with the chance to buy some local crafts, too.

November Garden Guided Walk.

November Garden Guided Walk.

Enjoy a walk around the Garden with one of our Garden Guides looking at a landscape devoid of leaves.

Coffee Morning: In the Footsteps of Kingdon Ward

Hear about a recent visit to Myanmar, collecting herbarium specimens in this land of great biodiversity.

Artist Book Spotlight: Jean Johnstone

A poetry reading with a difference - you do the reading, silently... Jean Johnstone invites you to slowly unwrap her artists books to experience the fine words of leading contemporary poets in the context of each individual art work. All of her small books contain one poem only, each complemented by delicate images from the natural world, on Lokta, Tsasho and Resho papers. Jean Johnstone is a Scottish artist who uses etchings, pen and ink drawings, leaf and bark papers, beeswax, silk and linen, to create handmade, hand-scripted artist’s books. She has made works with many Scottish poets, including John Burnside and Kathleen Jamie.

Evening Talk: Chocolate - History, Facts and Myths

Ali Gower, owner of The Chocolate Tree (one of the very few chocolatiers in the UK who make their own chocolate) will explain the challenges of making chocolate from bean to bar. A range of produce will be offered for tasting.

Talking Trees

Talking Trees

Let the RBGE’s volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world.

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