Archive for September, 2019

Winter closure

Please note the Garden will be closed to visitors from Monday 21st October 2019 re-opening 5th March 2020.

Groups may visit but only by prior appointment arranged via the Garden
website (

Over the last few years, the Garden has had an increasing volume of visitors. Indeed, we have been listed by Tripadvisor as 26th out of 421 visitor attractions in Edinburgh.

Whilst it is great that more and more people are finding and enjoying the Garden, those of you who visit regularly will have noticed the downside – serious compaction wear and erosion on the paths and in many areas such as the approach to the formal pond area where there are many exposed tree roots. This not only compromises the appearance of the Garden but also has Health and Safety implications.

We have therefore reluctantly taken the decision to close the Garden over the winter to give it a chance to rest and so Claudia and her volunteers can repair and reinstate the affected areas. We look forward to welcoming all our Friends and visitors back in Spring 2020.

Events advertised on the website under “What’s On” are unchanged.

Christmas Table decoration workshop Saturday 7th December 10:00

Last year we introduced a Festive Table Decoration Workshop. We are repeating it this year.

Table decoration from 2018

This is lead by Anne McCrossin on Saturday morning 7th December 10:00 – 12:00.

Cost is £20 (£18 for Friends of the Garden).

The workshop will take place in the Garden Café Room in Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden.

To book any of these workshops please call or email Barbara Anderson, 07854 748013 or

Illustrated Talk “Behind the scenes of Scottish Opera” Thursday 3rd October 19:30

To start this year’s season we have a talk by Andrew Storer, Technical Director of Scottish Opera.

The talk is at 19:30 in the Millar Hall of Duddingston Kirk.

Entry is free but donations to Dr. Neil’s Garden Trust are welcome.

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