Visit to the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

July 27th, 2017Comments Off on Visit to the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

On a very wet “summer” morning just over 30 members set off to Edinburgh to visit the Royal Botanic Garden.  On arrival it was still pouring but nothing daunted members started a tour of the garden from the John Hope Gateway Centre in three groups led by volunteer guides.

The guides took members round many different sections of the 70-acre garden pointing out the unique and rare trees, shrubs and plants. They explained the history of the garden and how it came to be located in the centre of Edinburgh. They told of the intrepid plant collectors who had introduced plants to the garden and the gardeners who had developed the garden and its collection. Towards the end of the guided tours the weather improved and there was even sunshine.

After lunch in the restaurant at the Thomas Hope Gateway Centre or the Terrace Café members enjoyed other parts of the garden as well as the magnificent Victorian Palm House and glasshouses.

 This was a first visit for some and repeat for others but will hopefully encourage further visits at different times of the year.

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