Event Info

What is the Botanic Lights?

This October to November, Botanic Lights 2016 sees the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh once again open after dark with a magical outdoor light event.

We have a new route for Botanic Lights 2016, starting on the west side of the Garden by the John Hope Gateway. As darkness descends, light installations will transform popular features such as the Victorian Palm House, The Chinese Hillside and Inverleith House, while illuminating the rich living collection of plants, turning the Garden itself into the story.

Botanic Lights 2016 will take visitors on an all-new journey of light around the Garden, exploring regions of the world where the Garden’s plants and trees originate including the US, China, Chile, Nepal and the Tropics, where RBGE’s scientists currently undertake important conservation work.

To explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future

The Botanics is world renowned for its horticultural excellence, Botanic Lights is set within the beautifully landscaped grounds and night-time visitors are invited to explore the Garden following approximately one and a half kilometre trail of colour, light and installations.

This is an unaccompanied tour of the Garden following a designated route with installations, illuminations and lighting of the plants, paths and selected buildings.