Victorian Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh – Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine

I re-visited the gardens last week mainly to see the beginning of the autumnal change to the leaves of the trees. I was a bit premature as they still boast their shades of greens and reds. I’ll be back next month. Its not just trees, growing in the grounds of this arboretum, that impress the visitor. Many tropical plants are thriving under glass and this scene shows the Palm House near the North Gate. The Palm house was built in 1834 for the princely sum of £1,500. It is designed to keep temperatures above 10 deg C and some magnificent specimens grow inside. One, actually, had to be removed recently as there was a danger that it would damage the roof of the building. There is a huge collection of glasshouses, here in Edinburgh, and these are used for research and display purposes.

The garden is twinned with other sites throughout our country my favourite being those at Benmore, on the Cowal Peninsula, in Argyll on the west coast of the country. In the grounds of Benmore, there is an old lodge house which was used for an outdoor centre for schoolchildren learning the necessary skills needed to be safe on Scotland’s mountains. I have fond memories of taking groups there in the 1970′s but am a bit too old for this nowadays.