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Discover the story of one of the most remarkable heritage projects of recent years: the rebuilding of the Botanic Cottage.

Designed by the eminent Georgian architects John Adam and James Craig, this small cottage stood for well over two centuries on Leith Walk, Edinburgh, the gateway to a long lost incarnation of the city’s renowned Royal Botanic Garden. It served as the home of the Head Gardener for six decades and contained one of the oldest known classrooms of the Scottish Enlightenment, where the great Professor John Hope taught medical students about botany in the later 18th century.

John Hope (Printed 2011)

If you are interested in reading more about John Hope

you can purchase the book by Henry Noltie, at the RBGE,

or via their web site by clicking their logo on this page.

Visualisation of the rebuilt Botanic Cottage in the Demonstration Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Image courtesy of Simpson and Brown Architects.

With the Botanic Garden having long since moved to another site, and families and businesses no longer using the cottage, this important building was vandalised and threatened with demolition in the mid-2000s. However, thanks to a community campaign, the Botanic Cottage was saved and now has a bright future: it has been moved stone by stone across the city and will be rebuilt as it would have been in its Georgian heyday in the present Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and

will become a new centre for community and education use in the garden.


This website was established by the former Botanic Cottage Trust, and features archived information about the history of the Botanic Cottage and the campaign to save it and find a new use for it.

You can find out the latest information about the project on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

web site by clicking on the logo above or on Twitter @BotanicCottage