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Edinburgh Botanic Gardens - The return visit!

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Yesterday I took the train back to Edinburgh. I did a blog about the Botanic Gardens Glasshouses back in May and ever since I’ve been wanting to go back and see the rest of the gardens. Well, I was there for 3 hours yesterday and I still haven’t seen it all!

The first thing I did on arrival was a look around the shopping and plant sales areas. I was very good and resisted all temptations, which is kind of unusual for me, but I really didn’t want to carry stuff around all day.

I treated myself to lunch in the restaurant…this is the view from the window…

Next I headed out to the garden and made my way to the Chinese Hillside garden….

There were two Mallards feeding in the pond at the bottom of the stream..bottoms up!


This Viburnum Betulifolium was a sight to behold…

I was keen to have a proper look at some of the beautiful trees in the garden. This was one of my favourites; Castanea Sativa – The sweet Chestnut…oooh I do love a roasted chestnut!

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This little fellow is also keen on his nuts!


Next stop was the pond…even algae looks beautiful sometimes!


And here’s another of the residents!

Another lovely tree. Pinus Armandii. You can’t help touching it, the needles are really soft! I couldn’t help thinking of Bluespruce!

The Botanic Gardens surround a beautiful stone-built mansion Inverleith House. Designed for the Rocheid family in 1774, Inverleith House was the family residence of successive Regius Keepers (Directors of the Garden), until becoming the founding home of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, from 1960 to 1984. In 1986 it reverted to use by the Garden, and now runs a programme of temporary Art exhibitions.

Front of the house…


And the back entrance….


The current exhibition is the ‘First Solo Museum Exhibition in the UK’ of the American Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell (1925-1992). Here is a quote from the programme:

’I paint from landscapes of the memory I carry with me-
and feelings from the memory of them which naurally become transformed…
I prefer to leave nature to itself. I do not intend to improve it…
I could never mirror it. I love most of all what it leaves inside me."

I found that really inspiring and I really enjoyed the exhibition, small though it was. Here’s the poster to give you some idea of her style….


To the side of the house is a terrace where they have a nice cafe….so naturally after all that intellectual stimulation I was needing a bit of refreshment! And then I took a few moments to snap some of the views of the city from the front of the house….Edinburgh is so beautiful! I’ve had to crop them as the pics on here are small and you wouldn’t see the buildings in the distance….


Just a few more pics of the rest of my time in the gardens now….

And this time I left by the front gate…what a gate!

After that I walked back to the Royal Mile to meet OH who was on a course and we tried out a Kurdish Restaurant for dinner….very nice but not rushing back…prefer Greek to be honest! Now, next time I’ll try my best to get into the Queen Mother’s Garden and the Demonstration Garden and then that should be the whole lot….I think! Edinburgh Botanic Garden is definitely one of my favourite places now!

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A lovely blog Karen. It is usually quite easy to find parking between Inverleith Park and the Botanic Gardens. There is no public parking inside. There is good access for the disabled and if you are coming as part of a group you can usually arrange a conducted tour by a volunteer. They do evening visits by appointment. No picnics are allowed in the park but if you want to bring a packed lunch then Inverleith Park is just across the road. Eating in restaurants and cafes can be pricey if you are bringing children. It has to be one of the best days out available in the city.

18 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks Scotsgran....useful info....I forgot to say entrance is free except to the glasshouses!

18 Sep, 2010

 

Hi Karen, lovely blog on one of the best botanical gardens in the UK

18 Sep, 2010

 

A wonderful and interesting place.

19 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely blog, Karen, plants, wildlife and a lovely old building, what more could I wish to see ? Thanks for sharing your day. : o ))))

19 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks everyone, it was a lovely day, and yes Bluespruce, it must be one of the best, although I've not seen many yet!

19 Sep, 2010

 

Beautiful plants there and good pictures too, Karen :-)
What a lovely day out :-)

19 Sep, 2010

 

lovely blog karen so enjoyed a look round with you, sounds a great day out, and didnt buy a plant, tut tut lol
great pics , brightened my rainy day thanx ;o))

19 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely photos of a lovely and interesting place. Thanks, Karen. :-))

19 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks ladies! It was a lovely day and yes, no plant San! There wasn't that much of interest to be honest, but a lot of lovely books and gifty things in the shop!

19 Sep, 2010

 

Would love to visit but such a long way to go, thanks for the wonderful pics.

19 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks Dotty. It is a long way, but well worth the effort if you do a tour of the city as well! At least you now know it's there if you ever decide to head north!

20 Sep, 2010

 

Wonderful views of Edinburgh. The gardens look worth a visit if we ever go north again. I like sweet chestnuts. Its the same story with them with Nutkins as the Hazel nuts. They get there first. Not many people around these gardens Karen. Nice peaceful stroll. Wish I lived near somewhere like that.

21 Sep, 2010

 

Well, I wouldn't say I live 'near' Dorjac, it's an hour and 45 on the train, but I do love going to Edinburgh. Its such a beautiful city and really like a different world to home, so going there I always feel I've had a holiday!

21 Sep, 2010

 

I missed this one Karen. Looks like a very beautiful place to visit :-))

23 Sep, 2010

 

It really is ann, just lovely and you could easily spend a whole day there.

23 Sep, 2010

 

What a terrific blog. It is (almost) as good as a real walk around the gardens. In fact, this seems to be a good time to visit botanical gardens because, thanks to the skill and good management available in such professionally maintained gardens, there's still a good range of planting, colour and variety. It's years since I visited Edinburgh, and next time I visit, thanks to your blog, I'll make sure that the botanical gardens are on my itinerary.

24 Sep, 2010

 

Excellent plan Kowhai! I hope you get up here again before too long!

24 Sep, 2010

 

thank you for your lovely tour of the edinburgh garden, its like being an arm chair gardener ~ but a very valuable exercise i think to look at other ideas. beautiful flowers and photos, i especially like the dahlias and is it an iris?

25 Sep, 2010

 

No irises Stickitoffee...i don't know what it is, it was all over that area of the garden and it was stunning but I couldn't find a label for it...sorry!..that is if you are meaning the lovely orangey/yellowy thing that looks like a cross between an iris and an orchid somehow, or an iris and a canna perhaps!

25 Sep, 2010

 

Wonderful - thank you. Makes me want to come up north again soon!

16 Oct, 2010

 

yes i did mean the orange yellow thing ~ the one that looks as if it has been coloured in with a pencil crayon!
but my favourites are the dahlias

22 Oct, 2010

 

I bet the trees are amazing right now!

24 Oct, 2010

 

i had another look at that gate ~ its amazing! is there still a lovely chocolate shop in edinburgh? i think it was somewhere along the royal mile ~ not the castle end ~ you could choose which type of chocolate drink you wanted and where the chocolate came from ~ it was more than delicious

24 Oct, 2010

 

Ooooh....I don't know, I haven't been there...I will check it out next time I visit! :)

24 Oct, 2010

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