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A day at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


This was going to be a blog about the glorious herbaceous borders in the garden but as soon as we stepped out of the new front building we were confronted by a herd of elephants. They appeared to be browsing among the trees. We had known there was an exhibition of wild animal sculptures in the garden but were as excited as the children at the sight before our eyes. I apologise for the lack of plant pics but I had to share our lovely day out with you. We even made it on to Reporting Scotland, the local news at 10pm. The sculptures will be sold at auction to raise funds to save endangered species around the world. My daughter had been speaking to the reporter from the BBC and she said what a pleasurable experience it was to see how the children were interacting with the animal sculptures. Everybody we spoke to said they wished they could afford to buy one for their own garden. I leave you to be the judge. I would advise any one living within travelling distance to make an effort to see this. Entry to the garden is free although there is a charge to go in to the glasshouses. If you travel by car there is plenty of on street parking at £3.00. Check how long for. We were all soaking wet by the time we got back to the car but the children want to go again before they leave. I took over 100 pics and offer you a selection.

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Love the elephants! Curious to know what the pieces will end up going for.

18 Aug, 2011


lovely,even tho they looked soaked thru,the kids look like they are haveing a great day,ive always said,it doesnt matter about the weather as long as you have a good time,love the white tiger wish i was rich i would buy them all

18 Aug, 2011


They are fantastic, we have some very gifted artists who work on them.
Here in Bristol we have Gorillas dotted around all over the city in all shapes sizes and colours again for charity.the children have there pictures taken with the ones they find and there is a double page spread of them in the local paper every day
It has been done to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of Bristol Zoo
One fact Kingdom Brunel was one of the sponsers when it opened,I think it was 175 years ago but not quite sure, was not around

18 Aug, 2011


Our daughter and OH and the children are members of Bristol Zoo Bjs. They were telling us about the gorillas. They have not been to see them. Their membership allows them free access to other zoos too like Woburn, Chester and Edinburgh. It is worth taking out for a family because they can pop in and see new babies or special exhibits and need not go for the whole day.
I believe they hope to raise a million pounds for the Trust at an auction at Sotheybays.

18 Aug, 2011

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