The sun is out, the sky is blue, do you:
- Close the blinds, crawl in bed and pull the duvet over your head? (NO!!!)
- Head to a cafe with outside tables? (not a bad option) or
- Head to your nearest green space and chill under a tree? (YES!!)
If you also go for option 3 – you’ve got lots of green spaces to choose from!! Inverleith Park, Princes Street Gardens, The Meadows, Holyrood Park or one of my favorites – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. I usually head to the Botanics for one of their many events but today I just wanted to walk in the sunshine and chill under a tree. And it seems I wasn’t the only one!! On this bright, warm day the shady benches and grassy verges under a canopy of trees were the prime spots for reading, sleeping or just chatting with friends.
It was also the perfect day for taking pics – the green grass and bright blue sky meant even my phone could do the gardens justice! So today I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. But if you want to head out to the Botanics, do check their website – they have loads of special events, courses, walks, talks and of course cafes and a restaurant. The Gardens are free but you will have to pay to enter the Glasshouses. The gardens are on the north side of Edinburgh on Inverleith Row – info on getting to the Gardens can be found here.
As soon as I passed through the John Hope Visitor Centre I was immediately struck by the peace and tranquility – the sun on my face, and majestic trees drawing my gaze up to the blue skies.
The long, dangling branches of the willow trees created a secret ‘cave’; cool, shaded and hidden from the path –
I could have chilled out here all day but onward and upward – to a Chinese Mountain…
As I rejoin the main path I have loads of choices…
Since I love herbs, herbal medicine and aromatherapy – I’m intrigued to find out what’s in ‘Flora’s Pharmacy’.
Now I’m greeted by a familiar ‘face’. A pretty cottage that’s used for events – I did my Reiki training here many years ago – a perfect setting that was peaceful yet surrounded by the power of nature.
I passed by the glasshouses (not fully open due to maintenance, but with reduced admission fees) – better to save them for a cold or rainy day..
and stopped to admire the monkey puzzle trees. I had never seen one until I moved to Lincoln, England – the neighbour must have thought I was a bit odd for staring at that crazy tree every time I walked past!
One of my favorite areas of the Botanics is the alpine garden. Maybe because of all the plants there – I think there might be a slight possibility that I could possibly grow some of these….
The ‘working’ part of the gardens is separated from the arboretum by a series of massive hedges (can you spot the legs???)
I love that groups and schools have been invited to create small gardens (mini posh allotments) and that there is an Edible Garden whose produces goes to the restaurant. I’m not very good at gardening and don’t know the names of the trees and flowers but I do love food and cooking so it’s nice to finally be able to recognise a few plants!
Amongst the raised beds sits a simple, blue garden shed – an homage to the gardener’s cottage. The simple wooden building is brought to life by the intricate wooden fretwork panels set in the windows – casting shadows and creating vignettes…
I can’t believe that I’ve been meandering around for over 2 hours (and taken so many pictures)!! Time to head back through the canopy trees ….
Thank you Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh for giving us such healthy, green, peaceful space to enjoy – and for FREE!!