Edinburgh is Blooming Marvellous

Many visitors to Edinburgh will head straight to the castle, or rush between shows at the annual Fringe Festival.

However, it’s good to stop and smell the flowers once in a while.

And the ancient Scottish capital has come up smelling of roses in the recent Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Awards 2011.

The city scooped a silver gilt award after impressing judges with its horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

As well as scooping this prestigious prize Edinburgh won two of only 20 discretionary awards presented by the society.

The University of Edinburgh’s Pollock campus was awarded the RHS Britain in Bloom Sustainable Landscaping Award and the city’s spectacular Royal Botanical Garden won the RHS Britain in Bloom Public Park Award.

You don’t have to be a horticulturalist to enjoy Edinburgh’s blooms; The Royal Botanical Garden is open all year round and has more than 15,000 species of living plants (and a further 3million preserved specimens), from cacti and Venus Fly Traps to Monkey Puzzle trees and giant water lilies.

With 70 acres to explore, including glasshouses and water features, the garden is a great place for a family day out and one of the many spectacular sights Edinburgh has to offer.

Wherever you are in Edinburgh, you’re never more than a 15 minute drive from the rolling Scottish countryside, so if you like your plants more on the wild side you can head out of town for some spectacular scenery.

Whatever your preference of plantlife Edinburgh has something for you.

Picture by dpape.

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