A Single Snapshot: Temperate Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
If you make the mistake of trying to rush through Edinburgh, Scotland and cramming as much as possible into a small amount of time, a session at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is the perfect place to scale back and slow things down.
In this lush, green, natural space just outside the center of the city, you can walk among flora native to Scotland as well as more exotic species. My favorite part? The glasshouses (or greenhouses), particularly the free-to-enter Temperate Palm House, built in 1858 as an extension to the Tropical Palm House, the oldest glasshouse at the garden. Inside you’ll find various palm species and other temperate plants.
Unfortunately, on January 3, 2012, the strong storm system that swept across Scotland damaged many of the glasshouses, exposing the plant species they house to the elements. The RBGE is already in the process of repairing these historic structures but is seeking donations to help with the effort.
Want to see more of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh? Check out the Flickr slideshow.