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New garden for Holyroodhouse

The proposed new physic garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Image: © J & L Gibbons


Physic garden design for Palace grounds


The Royal Collection Trust is planning a new public garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh inspired by the 17th-century physic garden that was once within the grounds.

Created to teach students about the medicinal properties of plants and to provide pharmacists with fresh materials, the physic garden was the first of its kind in Scotland, and the second botanic garden in Britain.

The design includes raised flowerbeds laid out in a geometric pattern planted with both indigenous and exotic medicinal plants that would have been grown in the 17th century. The garden is expected to open in spring 2019.


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