Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

 This evening, I am posting information on one of Scotland’s leading gardens, namely the Royal at Edinburgh.

This garden was founded in 1670 and over the succeeding centuries has amassed a collection of over 15,000 species of living plants.

Location is at Inverleith, about one mile from the centre of Edinburgh. Entrance is free although a fee is charged to visit the Glasshouses.

Key features of the Garden are:

  • Alpine House and Courtyard.
  • Arboretum.
  • Azalea Lawn.
  • Chilean Terrace Garden.
  • Chinese Hillside.
  • Chinese Pavilion.
  • Copse.
  • Cryptogamic Garden.
  • Demonstration Garden.
  • Fossil Courtyard.
  • Glasshouses with Tropical Aquatic House which is themed on plants and people. Within the glasshouses complex are ten climatically distinct houses each featuring a different vegetation zone.
  • Herbaceous Border and Beech Hedge.
  • Native Woodland.
  • Peat Garden.
  • Pond.
  • Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden.plantings reflect the former monarch’s global travels.
  • Rock Garden and Stream.Here can be found 5000 plants from high altitudes.
  • Scottish Heath Garden.
  • Woodland Garden. Here there are over 1000 deciduous trees.

My recent visit coincided with a period of heavy rain which militated against outdoor photography. It is to be hoped the reader will be satisfied with the range of colourful, indoor images from the glasshouses.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Tropical Aquatic House

Solandra Grandiflora

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Bromeliaceae

Rhododendron Javanicum ssp

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Rhododendron Macgregoriae

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Colchicum

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Fortunella Margarita

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

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