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Sunday 14 May 2023 (12.45am-5pm)
90th Birthday Anniversary Event
Caledonian Hall, RBGE, Edinburgh

This educational event will start with a welcome and short talk by our President Colin Crosbie. Then there will be visits to the Rock Garden, Woodland Garden and the Alpine Yard where you can meet and talk with RBGE staff responsible for maintaining the alpine, rock and woodland plant collections. There will be opportunities for a guided tour to go behind the scenes at the Alpine Yard.  Then the event will culminate in a birthday cake cutting to celebrate our 90th anniversary.

Programme for the day: 

Morning: Guests arrive
The morning is free to view the extent of the RBGE, and we suggest that you could picnic in nearby Inverleith Park, lunch at one of the many cafes in nearby Stockbridge, or else at one of the cafes at RBGE. (Note that picnicking is not allowed in the RBGE grounds themselves).  

12.45-1pm: Formal Gathering at RBGE
Guests meet at the Caledonian Hall venue - overlooking the RBGE Rock Garden.

1pm-1.30pm: Welcome address and talk
Guests welcomed to the event followed by a short talk on the 90-year history of the SRGC by Colin. 

1.30pm-3.30pm: Garden Visits
An opportunity to explore the RBGE alpine and rock garden plant collections: Visit the Rock Garden, Woodland Garden and Alpine Yard where you can meet with RBGE staff responsible for maintaining the alpine, rock and woodland plant collections, including behind the scenes at the alpine yard. Guides will be on hand to take groups across from the Caledonian Hall to the alpine yard navigating the closed sections of the garden due to the Edinburgh Biomes refurbishment.

3.30pm: Celebratory Cake Cutting
A formal 90th Anniversary celebration, with cake and refreshments at the Caledonian Hall.

3.30pm-5pm: Garden Visits
Further opportunity to explore the gardens on your own, and chat and socialise.

We shall ask for a modest donation for attending the day, to defray costs of hall hire and refreshments.  The suggested donation is expected to be 12 approximately.

If you plan to attend, then please email our secretary Hannah on , so she can book refreshments. Please include "SRGC 90th Anniversary RBGE Event" in the subject line of your email. This event is open to members and non-members alike so do please feel free to bring family and friends along too.