Opening Times & Event Info

Dr Neil’s Garden is open every day including weekends from 10 am till Dusk.

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

– Open Weekend Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May for Scotland’s Garden Scheme 14:00 to 17:00

-Idol, iDoll, Aye Doll Saturday 5th May to Sunday 13th May. See What’s On for times

-Growing Stories: Storytelling for all Monday 7th May 14:00 to 17:00

The Garden Room Café
– The Garden Room Café is now open until the Autumn. Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00, Thursday/Friday 10:00 to 16:00 and Saturday/Sunday 13:00 to 16:00

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

No dogs allowed


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Welcome to Dr Neil’s Garden

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The garden was started in 1963 by the Drs Andrew and Nancy Neil who, with the help of volunteers, turned it into one of the most surprising hidden gems in Edinburgh. To safeguard the Neils’ legacy for the future a charity was established – Dr Neil’s Garden Trust – which for fifteen years has continued to maintain and develop the garden. This has in part been funded via a grant from the National Trust for Scotland which covered much of the cost of employing a professional gardener.

Except on special fund raising occasions, the Garden is open to the public free of charge.

This is now a challenging time for the Garden as the NTS has withdrawn their grant and we face the possibility of having no gardener.  We are appealing to the public for support to enable us to continue to keep the Garden open to all. There are various ways which you can choose to support the garden;

  • By donating through our Paypal account on this page
  • By becoming a ‘Friend of the Garden’ for £10 per annum, (See our Friends page) As a Friend of the Garden you will be supporting the maintenance and future development of this extraordinary garden.
  • Visiting the Garden on our Open Days for a small charge.
  • Donations by cheque can be sent to our Treasurer Mrs S Mercer 4 Old Church Lane Edinburgh EH15 3PX
  • By remembering us in your Will
  • In practical ways by volunteering in the Garden or by using special skills to help fund raise etc.
  • Coming to Events

 

For commercial groups for example a walking tour with a charge, we ask two things:

  • Email in advance as we keep a record of who is attending and when to ensure there are no “clashes”
  • To consider donating as part of the walking tour to the Garden using the above methods. We suggest £3 p.p.

 

Registered charity No SC028197

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