Strolling Around Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ, UK
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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Visitors can learn about the site's 350-year history, explore the plantings, and stroll around its 28 hectares (70 acres) of stunning natural beauty. Just a mile from the city center, the garden provides picturesque views of Edinburgh's skyline, including the castle – one of the most impressive Scottish landmarks.

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Over half a million people visit the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden each year, making it one of Scotland's most popular attractions. The garden is beautiful year-round, but its beauty is particularly apparent in spring and on hot summer days when urban residents come to unwind. Here live a few friendly grey squirrels, so bring them something to eat, preferably a variety of nuts in shells.

I enjoy visiting botanical gardens because the healing properties of plants fascinate me, and I always use medicinal herbs to prevent or treat diseases when I am sick. The garden in Edinburgh left an indelible impression on me, and I could easily spend an entire day there. I particularly enjoyed exploring the park's themed areas inside the glasshouses, such as Arid Lands and Rainforest Riches.

Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden in Photos

The Temperate Palm House

Inside the Palm House

Exotic plants
Inside the Arid Lands House

Crimson River lily

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Grey squirrel

The fossil from the Carboniferous Period

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Thick-leaved speedwell

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Mountain strawflower

History of the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden

The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden began in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants near Holyrood Palace. It is thus the second oldest botanical garden in the United Kingdom (after the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, 1621).

The garden later relocated to Inverleith and has been flourishing there since 1820. Its oldest tree is a palmetto planted in 1922. The Temperate Palm House, the country's largest of its kind, was built in 1858.

Located on the west coast of Argyll and Bute, Benmore Botanic Garden, which is part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, was the first branch, opening in 1929. Logan Botanic Garden followed in 1969, and Dawyck Botanic Garden in 1978.

The Collections

The Herbarium, Living Collection, and Library and Archives are the three main collections of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Herbarium specimens number approximately three million, representing half to two-thirds of the world's flora. The specimens span over 300 years of biodiversity, the earliest dating back to 1697. The Living Collection consists of approximately 66,500 plants from 13,500 species making it one of the world's largest and most diverse plant collections. The Library and Archives house over a million items, including books, journals, original artworks, maps, plant collectors' letters, diaries, and photographs.

How to Get to Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden

If you want to get some exercise, stroll from Princes Street. It takes about 20 minutes and provides a stunning view of the New Town along the way.

⇒ The East Gate on Inverleith Row
Bus (lines 8, 23, 27): Royal Botanic Garden

⇒ The West Gate on Arboretum Place
Bus (lines 24, 29, 42): Dean Park Street

Official website: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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