Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh opens oldest, newest cottage
May 10 2016
Originally built on Leith Walk by Enlightenment figure John Hope the Georgian property originally served as a home for the head gardener and entrance as well as a teaching space for botany and horticulture students. When the RBGE relocated to Inverleith in the 1820’s the property was sold as a private home and latterly served as business premises until coming under threat of demolition.
The property was saved from demolition in 2008 following a successful campaign and was subsequently dismantled stone by stone by Simpson & Brown Architects and transported the short distance to Inverleith, some 250 years after it was first built, with care taken to employ traditional techniques and traditional building materials.
RBGE’s community engagement coordinator for the Botanic Cottage project, Sutherland Forsyth, said: “Detailed records kept by the original builders show that in April and May 1766, craftsmen were adding the final touches to the building, which is exactly what is happening in the present day, making the timing of the reopening particularly special.”
A Garden Gala will take place on 30 may between 12:00 and 18:00 to afford visitors a chance to see inside the landmark.
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