UK Trip 2012, Day 10: Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh

Today we all felt a little worn down from our action packed trip (especially Andrew, who had caught a cold), so we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. You can visit the day’s photo gallery, or read on for choice highlights!

The Royal Garden was on the North end of town, so we caught a quick taxi ride over. Along the way, we drove through the New Town, which Bob and Meg hadn’t had a chance to see much of. Given a little city-weariness, a relaxing stroll in a garden sounded like a treat. Little did we know how big the Royal Garden would turn out to be– it contains over 15,000 plant species over 70 acres of land!

The garden had a wonderful visitor’s center, with exhibits on the life of plants and pollinators, an expensive restaurant (which we avoided), and a large gift shop, where Teisha bought some mushroom seeds! The paths throughout were well landscaped and manicured, giving it a very peaceful air.

We had a chance to see some beautiful flowers in bloom, as well as some interesting local art work on display.

The gardens also had a great pond and system of waterfalls, populated with happy ducks and swans.

All in all, it was just the sort of relaxing day we needed. It gave us a chance to enjoy the peaceful part of being away from home, and gave us some energy for our adventures tomorrow!

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