The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, growing medicinal plants. This first Garden was in St Anne's Yard, part of the Holyrood Palace grounds, and occupied an area the size of a tennis court.
RBGE now extends to four sites - Edinburgh, Benmore (near Dunoon in Argyll), Dawyck (near Peebles in the Borders) and Logan (near Stranraer in Galloway), and is the second richest collection of plant species in the world.
Since the 19th century it has received public funding, and it is now sponsored by the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR). The Garden's remit and mission is rooted in the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985.
The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.
The Garden is first and foremost a scientific institution, dedicated to discovering and describing plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. This research is underpinned by the Garden's internationally important collections of living and preserved plants, a large specialist Library, and by modern well-equipped laboratories.
The four Gardens are also major tourist attractions within Scotland, providing inspiration and relaxation to visitors from all over the world.
At Edinburgh, the grounds feature the world-famous Rock Garden, peat and woodland gardens, colourful herbaceous borders, large and well-stocked Glasshouses and several specialist collections such as the Chinese Hillside.
Benmore, with its milder oceanic climate, grows trees and shrubs from high rainfall areas, especially conifers and rhododendrons.
Dawyck is particularly suitable for hardy plants from the world's cooler, drier areas.
Logan, Scotland's most exotic garden, has an almost sub-tropical climate, and provides ideal growing conditions for southern hemisphere plants.
Education is a major part of our work, and is inclusive of all ages and stages, from casual visitors to botany students, and from small children to senior citizens.
Formal education courses include the teaching and supervision of horticultural and postgraduate botanical research students.
We also run an inspiring programme of events and exhibitions for all interest and age groups.
The Garden is open daily (except 25 December and 1 January).
Garden & Gateway opening hours:
November to January: 10am - 4pm
February and October: 10am - 5pm
March to September: 10am - 6pm
Glasshouses opening hours:
November to January: 10am - 3pm
February and October: 10am - 4pm
March to September: 10am - 5pm
Garden entry FREE with a charge for Glasshouses.
Adult £5.50, Concession £4.50, Child (15 and under) Free, Essential Carers Free.
Group Rate (minimum of 11 paying or more) - £3.50 (providing payment is by a single transaction). Call 0131 248 2909 to prebook.
In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice. Please phone ahead for further details.