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

E: Info@DrNeilsGarden.co.uk
T: 07849 187 995
(Closed to 5th March 2020, except by prior arrangement)

Opening Times & Event Info

Dr. Neil’s Garden is now closed for Winter until 5th March 2020, see What’s On page. Featured events below are unchanged

Entry is free of charge (except during advertised events) but donations are welcome – see our Support Us page. For commercial group visits we encourage some payment.

Forthcoming events

– Illustrated Talk “Through The Year In An Edinburgh Garden” Thursday 7th November

– Illustrated Talk “Sir Walter Scott – Laird of Abbotsford and Elder of Duddingston” Thursday 5th December

– Christmas Wreath Making Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December

– Christmas Table Decoration Saturday 7th December

The Garden Room Café
This is now closed to March 2020

For more information on events and special weekends see the What’s On page.

No dogs allowed


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Garden History

Nancy & Andrew watering cans by Graham McGirk

Dr Andrew Jardine Neil (1921-2005) and Dr Agnes
Emily (‘Nancy’) Neil (1919-2005)

Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil were a husband and wife team of General Practitioners whose practice was in the Meadowbank area, on the north side of Arthur’s Seat. They were an energetic couple who loved to go to other parts of Europe on their summer holidays, towing a caravan through France, Spain and Greece, collecting plants and young trees.

In 1963 Andrew and Nancy began work on part of the Duddingston Glebe (church land) known as The Calves Field, and Dr Neil’s Garden was born.  Though the ground had been used for grazing – for calves and geese, its steep slope and rocky surface made it unsuitable for growing crops, and thus so it had never previously been cultivated. The doctors liked to encourage their patients to assist in the Garden, thus allowing them to benefit from healthy outdoor activity and the tranquil setting beside the Loch.

The Garden has won a number of awards over the years and has featured in television programmes and many books and articles.

In 1997, Dr Neil’s Garden Trust was formed, in order to take over the running of the garden, and to safeguard its future.  The Garden Trust is a registered charity.

Andrew and Nancy Neil both died in 2005. In 2012-2013 the Physic Garden was laid out to commemorate their lives as doctors and gardeners.

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