Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden

Our sunny summery May weather was about to run out….but we had one more perfect day according to the BBC.  So we decided to spend it outside at the Royal Botanic Garden on the north side of town.  We took a bus since it was pretty far from where we were staying.  But we were planning to hoof it back after our visit.  We like the exercise.

It was lunchtime when we arrived, so we found a bench and had a sandwich.  The kids were completely miserable.  It was sad, really…

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And this was our view from our lunchtime perch:


We found a duck in a little tiny pond:

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Rhododendrons in blooming profusion:

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Huge, old trees:

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And even one wrapped in pink fabric:

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The biggest hedge we’ve ever seen:

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Vegetable gardens:

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The Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden:

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A Victorian glass house with huge palms and gorgeous orchids:

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Lots of pretty garden paths and lovely blooming things:

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We saw two Andy Goldsworthy sculptures here, and our favorite was this slate well surrounded by trees.  Quite lovely (except for all the trash that had been thrown in the middle….for shame!).

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Brad admired the wooden staircase inside the main entrance/shop/restaurant building.

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But by far and away the coolest thing all day was the Fairy Wood.  This was a little unassuming path through the “natural” woods, with tiny doors on the tree trunks and branches.  Unfortunately, none of the fairies were home that day.  We knocked on every single door, though!

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After our visit to the gardens, we walked down the street and into the local park for a play at the playground.  My little pirates:

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We were about to leave when a couple of police on horseback wandered by!

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Then we wandered through many neighborhoods on out way back through the centre of town to our home on the other side.

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We got ourselves a special treat from a bakery just down the street.  The snail cookies were a BIG hit!  I gotta say:  these Scots know how to bake!

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