Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Comprising 70 acres of stunning scenery, just a stone's throw from the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) captures the imagination of everyone who visits: from the knowledgeable gardener to the curious sightseer. Reflecting the international research and conservation work of RBGE, the Garden is home to the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China. See, too, the Scottish Heath Garden, recreating the plantings and landscape of the Scottish highlands; the world-famous Rock Garden, which is home to over 5,000 alpine plants and the stunning 165m-long Herbaceous Border, backed by an outstanding century-old Beech Hedge. Opened in the summer of 2006 is the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden, a fitting tribute to a much-loved royal, which has been imaginatively planted to present something for visitors of all tastes - in every season.Among the Garden's many thousands of trees and shrubs are several groups in which its scientists have special interest, such as the conifers, rhododendrons and other shrubs of the Ericaceae family. Further highlights include the Sierra redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganticum) of North America and numerous other species of botanical interest, including beeches (Fagus), maples (Acer), and colourful rowans (Sorbus) At the heart of the Garden stands it's magnificent Victorian Temperate Palm House - the tallest of its kind in Britain - the glorious entrance to Windows on the World, a glasshouse experience offering visitors the opportunity to explore ten distinct climatic zones holding around one percent of all known flowering plants, cycads and ferns. These range from the economically important species - including banana and rubber - to household favourites and the world's largest collection of tender vireya rhododendron, originating from the mountains of New Guinea and Borneo. Pause for a visit to the Terrace cafe, or round off your day at the Botanics shop .
Entry to the Garden is free. Entry to the Glasshouses is Adult ÃâÃÂ£4.00 Concession ÃâÃÂ£3.50 Children ÃâÃÂ£1.20 Under 5's free ÃâÃÂ
Off A902, 1 mile North of City Centre.
The Garden is open daily (except 25 December and 1 January). Opening hours: November & February:ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ 10.00am - 4.00pm March & October: ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ 10.00am - 6.00pm April to September:ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ 10.00am - 7.00pm Glasshouses close: November to February: ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ 3.30pm March to October: ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ ÃâÃÂ 5.00pm
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