A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens Pt. 1

Posted on June 25, 2016 by Ed Coughlin

In Edinburgh , Scotland for holiday as they like to say, and I got a few hours (not enough time) to visit the world renowned Royal Botanical Gardens. Simply stunning! Only had two hours of a rain soaked Tuesday to explore, but took a few pictures that I thought you might enjoy.

This famous 23’ high Beech hedge row is over 100 years old.

It makes a great backdrop for anything planted on its South facing lawn.

The sculpted lines are only pruned once a year in September but they somehow carved out enormous walkways into the old hedge. Didn’t have a chance to explore, but I think they lead to the famous Victory Gardens.

I talk to a lot of friends who have aspired to do a rock wall (Brad Jones). This Royal one went on for a football field and, even after 3 straight days of rain, had blooms as far as the eye could see.

This is the ever so funky 'Monkey Puzzle' Tree from Chili.

Aptly named by a Brit who when first seeing the strange tree claimed it was “enough to puzzle a monkey.”

Male and female cones appear on separate trees. The males are brown and cucumber- shaped (sorry), and hang from the trees’ lower branches.

Nest post; The Royal Botanical Gardens exclusive glass houses!

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