The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Summer is pretty much settling in. Flowers are blooming, leaves are fluttering with the wind, the grass is greener and mosquitoes are back as ever.

The botanical gardens are flourishing under the moody skies and their colourful blossoms are filling the air with their delicate aromas.

In the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburg in Scotland, you’re not just admiring Mother Nature awakening under the warm weather. You’re also learning the different species of plants existing from South America to Africa. Its located within 10 min (20 min walk) of the National Museum of Scotland and the Edinburgh Castle.

The access is free and at the counters you can purchase a map for 1 pound…Which I did buy or else I would’ve been lost and wouldn’t be able to find the Glasshouse.

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This Glasshouse is called the Palm house.

Which is basically a giant greenhouse for tropical species planted in various improvised environments.

 

 

This section is the Arid Land, right before (or after) the Wet Tropical House. It’s mostly about species like cactus and succulents from South America and other hot dry aired countries.

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Aside from the Glasshouse, there’s the Queen’s Mother Memorial Garden. It’s a lovely small enclosure filled with roses. A stoned cabin-like house with the inside walls covered from top to bottom with clams is where quotes the memorial for the Queen’s Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She was known as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The quote follows as such;

This National Memorial was created through the Generosity of many both in Scotland and further a field to Honour a much loved Scottish Lady

finished with an emblem of the National flower of Scotland, a thistle. A not so friendly flower by the way, can’t even touch one without crying out loud.

At the opposite side of the garden is a cafe including a store. There you can purchase seeds, plants, gardening tools as well as souvenirs.

When I visited there was an exposition of paintings and water colourings displaying various sorts of flora. They were selling prints, post cards and originals which I did buy. It was a gathering of talented artists coming from across the globe to share and sell their works. It was a harmonious place for all lovers of plants and gardening.

It’s a beautiful stroll to take if you want to escape the stuffiness of Edinburgh. I wanted to bring a few plants with me like the Orchids “Pueblo” and these funny looking trees.

fullsizeoutput_a5Monkey puzzle trees, Araucaria araucana from Chile and Argentina

fullsizeoutput_a6According to their study, these conifers existed since the dinosaurs and they are now facing extinction in their original countries. Their native habitats are Chile and Argentina but they’re also grown in the country side of Scotland.

This grove of Monkey Puzzle trees were collected by the garden for conservation purposes as they are an endangered specie threatened by fire, livestock and logging.

 

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