A centrepiece of Edinburgh’s festive calendar, Christmas at the Botanics will form the pièce de résistance on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s 350thanniversary year. 

The trail also looks to welcome back devotees of the Garden who were not able to visit when it was temporarily closed because of Covid-19.Due to the ongoing pandemic an extensive range of safety measures have been put into place to protect all staff and guests of the trail this year.

Thomas Haywood visited the garden and took all of these beautiful photos.

This year, now more than ever before, the trail’s success is dependent on support from the residents of the City of Edinburgh local authority area.  

Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: “We are calling on the people of Edinburgh to show their support by visiting Christmas at the Botanics.

“By coming to the trail not only will visitors enjoy a wonderful festive experience but also help us and our work enormously.  Profits from the trail go to help finance our important and innovative plant research and conservation programmes in Scotland and around the world.  Never has our work been more crucial as we face theinterrelated challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, biodiversity loss and climate change. 

“This has been a hugely difficult year for us all.  At the Botanics, we want to end the year by creating something very special for the City and we hope everyone will come and enjoy some festive fun.”

More information on the trail can be found at rbge.org.uk/christmas.