If you love looking at flowers and plants, this would be the post for you!
After our arduous day trip around Edinburgh, we finally bade our cosy apartment farewell and set off to drive to our next destination. But before that, we made a pitstop to the Royal Botanical Gardens – mostly because my mom, aunt and uncle were plant fanatics (it’s an Asian parent thing, I think?) – but I didn’t mind because I heard that the gardens here are phenomenal!
(We drove, so if you need tips on what driving from the UK to Scotland is like, read this first)
Getting in is free, you would only need to pay if you intend on visiting the glasshouses to view the tropical climate plants. Since we are from tropical Malaysia, we decided to skip the glasshouses.
The gardens are very well-tended, and you only need to walk through the very clear pathway amongst these lovely flowers. Some are so remarkable, they grew to be as large as elephants, and there were so many types of flowers I’ve never seen before. Somewhere in the middle, lies a little creek of flowing water and also a mini waterfall. You can explore these areas, but just be really careful.
We got closer to where the glasshouses were, and they are so impressive! We didn’t go in, but from the outside, you could see most of the tropical plants blossoming and growing really large. Not too far away from the glasshouses, was a little nursery where tiny little succulents and cactuses were grown amongst rock beds. They remind me a lot of those terrariums that are sold in glass jars.
A little further in, was a secret entrance to where we found – The Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden. Within the garden we found lots and lots of rose bushes, and a lovely memorial room which walls were covered in seashells. The place is really thriving too, I could tell, because it was buzzing with bees.
This wraps up the day trip to the gardens. We spent about 2 hours in here (and nearly another hour in the gift shop) before heading to a nearby field for our lunch picnic. Right after, we continued our road trip back towards the UK, heading for the Lake District. That is one of my favourite leg in the journey, so don’t miss out the next post!