Yes, this February you can view 82 different types of snowdrops AND view a collection of carnivorous plants on the same day!
Surely you can only see such a diverse contrast of flora at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), as part of this year’s Scottish Snowdrop Festival, organised by VisitScotland and the Garden’s own phenomenal Glasshouses.
Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 8 and 24 February, garden guides will lead tours to show visitors 82 different types of snowdrops, including some rare varieties, and other early flowering plants that herald the start of spring.
The walks begin from the John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, at 11am and the cost is £5. They are suitable for ages 14 years and over. Booking advisable on 0131 248 2909.
Cultivated snowdrops date back to Medieval times and signify the start of the transition period between winter and spring. Originally known as the Candlemas Bells, they were viewed as an emblem of purity and were widely seen in monasteries and country estates.
The root is considered in some monastic circles to be a good dressing for a cut or wound. However, the bulb can cause irritation to sensitive skin!
The Glasshouses have stunning displays all year round and visitors cannot believe the sheer volume. The main house alone is 128 m (420 ft) long and 18.25 m (60 ft) wide with all the supporting structure on the outside, so the internal area can be used to full effect.
The Victorian Temperate Palm House is RBGE’s most iconic building, admired for the grandeur of its exterior and the elegance of its interior. Built in 1858, it is the tallest traditional glasshouse you will see in Britain.
The Glasshouses consist of 10 climatic zones and you will discover plants from throughout the world, including that collection of carnivorous species that are always popular with young visitors!
Entrance to the Glasshouses is £4.50 for an adult, £1 for a child and £9 for an adult. Or you can enjoy 2 for 1 with our newsletter offer until the end of February.