Tours and Workshops

22 April from 16:30 to 17:45

1 - The Tropics under Glass

Description

A walking tour, with a focus on collections from tropical regions. The tour will include the newly planted Victoria waterlilies in the Plants and People glasshouse. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Walking through ramped areas of the garden and glasshouses.

2 - Fern Propagation Workshop

Description

Standing or seated workshop: demonstration of spore cleaning, sowing and patching off gametophytes. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Short walk to ramped classroom.

Sori on underside of fern frond

3 - Glasshouses: Behind The Scenes

Description

A walking tour, stopping in various houses, including core research collections Begonia, Vireya rhododendrons, Aeschynanthus and other gesners, and gingers. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Walking through ramped areas of the garden and glasshouses.

Streptocarpus Research Collection

4 - Walking back in time: Rock and Woodland Gardens

Description

A walking tour around the world famous Rock Garden including the history and buildings of the area and some of the original plants dating back to the early 1900s. Then the tour will lead into the Woodland Garden and explain the history of woodland gardening and the new plantings in this area. Maximum 20 participants.

Accessibility

Walking around garden areas and a range of paved surfaces. Some narrow and sloped paths.

Aerial view of the Rock Garden

5 - Behind the wall: Alpine Plants

Description

This tour will show how and why RBGE displays the alpine collection both in the newly refurbished traditional alpine house as well as the contemporary tufa house. We will go ‘behind the scenes’ to the vast range of plants: from tiny cushions to dwarf trees and the large bulb collection. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Walking around paved and ramped areas.

6 - Herbaceous and naturalistic plantings

Description

A walking tour including naturalistic plantings of wild collected material on the Chinese Hillside and the more formal plantings in the 165m long Herbaceous Border. The tour will also visit the new Rain Garden highlighting its importance in helping us to understand how plants are coping with a changing climate. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Walking around extensive areas of the garden, all ramped, some paths narrow and uneven

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7 - Champion Trees and Outstanding Shrubs

Description

This walking tour will highlight the trees worthy of note from the oldest to the rarest. It will tell the tale of how RBGE expanded across the site, along the way highlighting the old estate plantings, many champion trees and outstanding shrubs. The tour will include a discussion of challenges faced by our predecessors in comparison with managing a tree collection now, with a changing environment and both in terms of the climate and estate developments.

Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Walking around extensive areas of the garden, all ramped, some paths narrow and uneven.

8 - Excellent Horticultural Books: 350 years of treasures from the RBGE Library & Archives

Description

With a collection of books dating from the 15th century, the RBGE Library holds many treasures of botanical and horticultural literature. Participants will visit the Library’s main Reading Room in order to view some of the unique items from the collection including original artworks, manuscripts and early published works. Maximum 20 particpants.

Accessibility

Indoor tour fully accessible with limited seating available

9 - Tour of the RBGE Herbarium

Description

Come and visit the RBGE herbarium, a leading botanical collection containing approximately three million specimens and representing half to two thirds of the world’s flora. The herbarium receives up to 30,000 new specimens each year, and some of the oldest, date from over 300 years ago. There will be an opportunity to see the renowned collections including our oldest cultivated specimen from 1764 and our modern Gold Standard specimens from RBGE's own gardens including recent cultivar standards such as Meconopsis 'Inverleith'. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Indoor tour fully accessible.

10 - Explore learning and engagement at RBGE

Description

Find out how we teach, support and enthuse students and communities at the Edinburgh Garden. This tour looks at how we use practical and online teaching, and informal sessions across the public and background spaces to engage our audiences encouraging healthy plants and communities. It includes a chance to visit our horticulture classroom and the Botanic Cottage - our reborn Enlightenment teaching space. Maximum 15 participants.

Accessibility

Extensive walking tour with ramped access.