For folks that love flowers, there is no better time to visit botanical gardens than spring. Last month I explored the world renowned Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, which originally founded in 1670 as a physic garden, now comprise 70 acres of sumptuously landscaped grounds, just a mile from the city centre.
The second oldest botanic garden in Britain, today, the RBGE's living collection is comprised more than 13,302 plant species, with more than 3,000,000 species preserved in its herbarium. The RBGE also boasts a colossal collection of botanical and horticultural resources, including 70,000 books, and 150,000 periodicals.
Of the many wonders in its sprawling gardens, the rhododendrons (pictured above and below) are truly spectacular. Equally enthralling are the garden's famous glasshouses, the most majestic of which are the Tropical Palm House, which was the largest structure of its kind in Britain when it opened in 1834, and the Temperate Palm House, which was built slightly later, in 1858.
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Melissa Sterry, design scientist, systems theorist, futurologist, cross disciplinary designer developing Bionic City®, and PhD Researcher.
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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