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Gardener’s Question Time Summer Party at The Botanics

This is VERY exciting, quick, get the 9th July in your diaries….


It’s the gardening event of the year – and for the first time it’s coming to Scotland. BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time is celebrating the joys of summer by hosting its annual Summer Garden Party at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The day-long gardening festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet the GQT team face-to-face, take part in recordings of the programme, enjoy horticultural walks, talks, plant sales and demonstrations happening right across the Garden – ranging from pest and disease clinics to tips on how to maintain a healthy and productive herb garden.


The garden party will feature the pick of the crop of gardening gurus, including GQT’s Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood, Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Biggs and Chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibbs. They will be joined by Scottish gardening hero, and star of the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden, Jim McColl.

We’ll have live entertainment throughout the day, with hands-on activities, demonstrations, food, drink and fun for all the family.


There will be two recordings of GQT at the garden party, and BBC Radio 4 listeners will be able to hear all the highlights on Friday 15th July at 3pm (repeated Sunday 17th at 2pm) and Friday 22nd July at 3pm (repeated Sunday 24th at 2pm).


TICKETS and Times

Saturday 9th July, 10am – 5pm

Tickets (inc. booking fee): Adult £10.50, children (5-16 yrs) £5, under 5’s free. Tickets available to buy online HERE

Please Note: The ticket price gives visitors access to all the events happening at the garden party. However, entry to the main marquee recordings of GQT is limited and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to ticket holders on the day.


Pretty Lights at The Botanics – opens 29th Oct

Experience Four Seasons in Just One Night

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The award-winning Botanic Lights is back with a month of magical nights at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

As night falls, follow a magical trail of light through the Garden.  New for 2015, the trail will lead you through the colours of the seasons and will use state-of-the-art technology, projections and lasers to highlight the Garden’s magnificent trees and landscape. Continue reading Pretty Lights at The Botanics – opens 29th Oct

World’s Biggest & Smelliest Flower Set To Bloom at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

Was very excited to receive the following email from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh yesterday….this has to be seen / smelled – will be keeping an eye on their updates (links below if you’d also like to follow)

Image courtesy of the University of Basel, Switzerland
Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), Image courtesy of the University of Basel, Switzerland

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to open after dark with magical light event

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to open after dark with magical light event

Under cover of darkness, in the heart of the City, the abundant natural landscape of ‘the Botanics’ will come alive this winter, when the gates are opened to visitors at night-time. Who knows how many pairs of little glowing ‘eyes’ will be keeping watch over them as the Garden sheds some light on its after-dark secrets? 


This November, visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) will be invited to enter the Garden after dark for a spectacular outdoor event featuring a magical combination of light and nature. It is the first outdoor light experience of its kind to be organised by the Garden.

Night in the Garden, which starts on 30 October and runs until 23 November, has been created by the Botanics and Edinburgh-based Unique Events, in association with Scottish light artist Malcolm Innes and his colleague Euan Winton. The artists’ vision means that night-time visitors will be able to make their way through a one kilometre route full of light and shadow and experience the Botanics in an entirely new manner, with interactive stations and a few unexpected surprises along the way.

The outdoor trail will use the Garden’s favourite features, such as the famous Victorian Glasshouses and Pond, as the backdrop for extraordinary light effects. Visitors can watch ‘the sun’ set inside the Palm House, see a host of sparkling lights suspended over water and enjoy enchanting illuminations that bring the indoors outside. They will also have the opportunity to create their own light show by manipulating some of the installations themselves.

Heather Jackson, RBGE’s Director of Enterprise, commented: “This is a chance for those who know and love the Edinburgh Garden, as well as new visitors of course, to see it in a completely different light – quite literally.

“We have over 700,000 daytime visitors a year and we are often asked if it’s possible to come at night, so we thought we’d come up with something unique to create a truly enchanting experience.

“The planned light installations by Malcolm promise to be spectacular, and by combining the wonder of light with the secrets of the trees and nature we have in abundance, it will certainly be a magical evening to remember for our night-time visitors.”

Malcolm Innes said: “The Garden at night is already a magical place, as some of the most recognisable features softly merge into the darkness.  It is this new reality that we will be manipulating to create installations that span the range from grand spectacle, through romantic and beautiful, to mysterious and tiny.

“The kind of hard edged, simplified geometry we learn at school is seldom discussed in relation to the natural world, but when the two are brought together, the visual effect can be magical. Come and join us and bring the family as we turn the world inside out and make the invisible, visible.”

The event will be open to members of the public with an hour-long experience allowing visitors to participate in something that they have never seen before, with different parts of the route being jaw-droppingly spectacular, some romantic and pretty, and others just a wee bit spooky – although not enough to put the kids off.  Night in the Garden is an event for all the family.

The experience is being delivered by RBGE and Unique Events, Scotland’s leading independent events company; organisers of the capital’s famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations and large-scale outdoor festivals and events. ‘Botanic Lights’ installations are designed by Malcolm Innes and Euan Winton of Edinburgh Napier University, and Leith-based Black Light is working with the partners to deliver lighting installation technical support.

Pete Irvine of Unique Events said: “Unique Events is delighted to be involved in this exciting and innovative project.  The Botanics is one of Edinburgh’s best loved places to visit in any season, but we will never have experienced it like this.”

Visitors to Night in the Garden will be required to purchase tickets in advance for a specific date and time slot.  Tickets will go on sale soon, with further details about how to get them, along with information about timings and facilities on offer, to be released over the next few weeks.  In the meantime, further information about the event can be seen at www.rbge.org.uk/botaniclights.

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Botanical Treasures Exhibition July-Sept 2014

Here’s another exhibition at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic gardens that looks like it’d be worth going to see….

Botanical Treasures Exhibition

Tues 1st  July — Tues 30th Sept 2014


This summer, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Herbarium and Library building at the Edinburgh Garden, we are publishing a beautifully illustrated new book Botanical Treasures: Objects from the Herbarium and Library of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This exhibition will highlight some of the exquisite objects from our collections, including rare books, herbarium specimens, maps and teaching diagrams Continue reading Botanical Treasures Exhibition July-Sept 2014

This Weekend – Taiwanese Orchid Fair at the Botanics

A little something for Orchid lovers this  weekend at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens – if the picture below is anything to go by – it’ll be stunning!

Taiwanese Orchid Festival at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Taiwanese Orchid Festival at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Fri 27 June to Sun 20 July

Come and see a stunning display of colourful and elegant orchids by the Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association. Weekend activities will include Chinese flower painting and orchid culture tips.

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