magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens began life in 1670
as a physic garden to grow herbs and plants for medicinal
purposes at St. Annes Yard near Holyrood Palace. The
collection was moved away from the pollution of the
old town in 1763 to a site near Leith then in 1820
it was moved again to it's current location at Inverleith.
Today Edinburgh is one of four locations
that the gardens occupy across Scotland, each having
it's own specialist collection. The other sites include;
Dawyck, Logan and Benmore. Edinburgh however is the
main garden and is Scotland's national botanic garden
and the collection is of unique botanical importance.
Covering 72 acres early 34,000 plants are grown here
representing over 17,000 different species plants
from all over the world.
As well as an
important scientific centre The gardens are a popular
visitor attraction. "The
botanics" as the gardens are known is made up
of Rock Gardens, Woodland Gardens, A Scottish Heath
Garden, Peat Walls, Chinese Hillside, The Queen Mother's
Menmorial Garden, A Glass House and Palm House containing
tropical plants and a desert area with a large cacti