I live in Edinburgh, and I visit the Botanics regularly. I do think it's a wonderful garden, although I'm really disappointed with the herbaceous border which was finally re-planted after several years spent getting rid of bindweed. They seemed to have some great ideas for re-planting it in a rainbow spectrum of colour, but it seems to be predominantly yellow and very uninspired. A real missed opportunity. And I strongly agree with the previous reviewer who pointed out that it closes at a ridiculously early hour.
My favourite botanical garden too. Unlike Kew, it is never crowded, but a peaceful oasis within a beautiful city.
Every inch of the garden has been carefully planned and equally lovingly cared-for. No inch is wasted.
The rockery is its crowning glory: 2 acres, I think, rising up to a summit crest giving a panoramic view over the rooftops of the New Town to the gorse- and monument-clad hills and castle rock of the Old Town. And its awash with exquisite alpines and monocots I can only dream of growing in my London garden
No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a few hours meandering around the Botanics, greeting old favourites and delighting in new discoveries.
Go there in any season or any weather and it's worthwhile. If it rains, spend the £4 entrance fee on the glasshouses. They too are superb and fascinating, with habitats ranging fron tropical and Amazonian rainforests through to arid desert, rich not just in cacti, but ferns!
A garden any true gardener or plant lover should strive to see before they die- again and again (seeing the garden, not dying!)
7pm is a ridiculous time to close the botanics on a lovely summers evening. After all Edinburgh is a capital city thronging with tourists. Those with young families especially would appreciate a later closing time.
My favourite botanic garden!
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