Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Edinburgh

The Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) began as Scotland’s first physic garden in 1670.  Today, a plant collection of over 13,500 species is cultivated in 25 hectares of garden landscape.  The importance of RBGE not only lies in the plant biodiversity research undertaken and the education programmes offered, but also as a green space in the middle of Scotland’s capital city.  Silent Spaces are now available at all four of the RBGE Gardens: Edinburgh, Benmore, Logan and Dawyck.



The Silent Space

RBGE’s Silent Space can be found a short walk from the entrance to Inverleith House.  Tucked away from the busiest garden routes, our space offers a moment of calm amid the bustle of everyday life – a place to rest your legs and slow your mind.

The area is overlooked by a Magnolia campbellii which each spring produces a wonderful spectacle with large flowers adorning its branches, glowing pink against the clear blue skies.  Beneath the established Rhododendron species and a number of recently planted trees, shrubs and climbers is a selection of carefully considered herbaceous plants in soothing shades of blue, pink, white and pale green.  With delicate clouds of Corydalis in spring, drifts of feathery Astilbe throughout the summer and a backdrop of autumn colour in the colder months, all you have to do is sit down, switch off and enjoy!


Images © RBGE

For opening times please see the Garden's website.