Dr Neil's Garden
Old Church Lane
Duddingston Village
Edinburgh, EH15 3PX

E: Info@DrNeilsGarden.co.uk
T: 07849 187 995
(Open from 3rd May Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 21:00)

What’s On

Folktales from the Garden 22nd October 11:00 – 12:00

Dr. Neil’s Garden is pleased to participate in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Hosted by Donald Smith with guest storyteller, James Spence.

Enjoy family and parallel adult sessions of stories in one of Edinburgh’s wonderful community gardens.

Suitable for accompanied children 3-7, or for adults interested in garden settings and stories.

This is a free event, donations to Dr. Neil’s Garden would be appreciated

Artist in Residence – Brigid Collins

We have recently appointed for the first time an Artist in Residence, Brigid Collins who for the next year will use the garden and Tower for inspiration in her art work, carry out workshops in the Tower and hold an exhibition next May.

Brigid Collins is an Artist and Educator, based in Edinburgh. She came to Scotland to study Illustration as a post-graduate at Edinburgh College of Art from her home in Ireland, having studied in Dublin and worked as an Archaeological Illustrator on Viking excavations in the city of Waterford. Brigid now practices as a Visual Artist and is passionate about weaving poems and plants together in her work.

Alongside her Visual Art practice, Brigid is a visiting lecturer in the Illustration department at Edinburgh College of Art, course leader of the School’s Outreach Programme at Leith School of Art and External Examiner for the Art & Design Foundation course at The International College in the University of Dundee. She has also devised and led workshops with diverse groups, including at Cornton Vale women’s prison, with displaced Syrian women at The University of Stirling and with delegates at The Expressive Therapies Summit at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Having collaborated with poets of international acclaim, Brigid’s publications include Frissure (Polygon, 2013), in collaboration with award winning poet and essayist, Kathleen Jamie; For A’ That: A Celebration of Burns (2010) with contemporary poets and writers, including DBC Pierre and Kirsty Gunn; A place where thought happens (2006), with poet, Larry Butler and Jewellery Designer, Teena Ramsay and Room to Rhyme.

Duddingston Kirk Garden Room open from 3rd June 2021

As COVID restrictions ease we are pleased to open the Garden Room again on the following days for the sale of refreshments

  • Thursday 10:00 – 16:00
  • Friday 10:00 – 16:00
  • Saturday 13:00 – 16:00
  • Sunday 13:00 – 16:00

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – New opening hours from 3/5/2021

In response to Government restrictions being eased, the Garden will be open again on the following dates and times.

  • Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 21:00

The Duddingston Kirk Garden Room, is open for refreshments

  • Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 16:00
  • Thursday and Friday 10:00 – 16:00

Access will only be from Duddingston Kirk car park.

Fantastic news from Claudia

Back in September, it became very obvious that with all the Social Distancing regulations still in place (and looking like they were here to stay for the foreseeable future,) that the winter was going to be a problem.

How are we to shelter our wonderful Volunteer Teams throughout the cold, wet months of the winter and early spring? The workshop/toolstore is no longer a viable option. It was always cramped at best, but now with social distancing its an absolute impossibility!

So I got my thinking cap on and did a little searching.

The National Lottery Community Fund has a grant for up to £10000 to help community projects weather and recover from the Coronavirus epidemic. It seemed too good to be true!

So we did a bit more thinking about what we really needed, how much it would cost and applied for £7450 to convert the Toolshed into a Volunteer Hub where the volunteers can safely shelter from the rain as it passes over us and eat their lunch in the warm and the dry. We also asked for a bit to make a safe access route to and from the Greenhouse and the New Toolshed.

All our dreams have come true and we are now all so excited to see the ork progress


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