“Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities, if not my favourite. For my latest visit I had only had one plan – to finally visit the botanic garden. It’s supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Europe and I have to tell you, it did not disappoint!”
Founded in 1670 it is Scotland’s oldest botanic garden and even the second oldest garden in Britain. As always the over 300 years old garden was started as a herb garden for medicine, but nowadays it is also a beautiful park to wander around. A park so big you’ll feel like you’re not in the middle of the city but on a whole different planet – it is just so serene and quiet.
The highlight for me personally was the beautiful Victorian Palm House. Such a magnificent building, with over 3000 exotic plants from all over the world and even a 200-year old palm tree. And I finally got to see the Victoria Amazonica, a big water lily. Did you know they can even hold babies? I know, I’m feeling a bit like a plant nerd right now.
Plant nerd or not – the botanic garden is a beautiful place to visit. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and wander around in the jungle, explore the world famous rock garden or you know, just enjoy the 13,302 plant species it has to offer.
The gardens are free to enter, the greenhouse requires a £6.50 fee.