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Edinburgh United Kingdom Royal Botanic Garden

Standing on the balcony of a room at one of the comfortable hotels in Edinburgh, guests admire the stunning views of the city where far away is seen the Royal Botanic Garden. They are in a hurry to leave spacious and well-furnished room in order to visit this natural wonder, the total area of which is 25 hectares.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is nicely located on a picturesque flat land of Scotland. It can claim the title of one of the best gardens in the world, as it represents more than fifteen thousand species of plants, and also it is taken a place on the extremely attractive area. It has appeared in 1670, the founders of the garden are two prominent scientists Andrew Balfoer and Robert Sibbald. The main purpose of their work was the study of the medicinal plants.

There are several rare collections and sections in the garden: Palmhouse, Woodland Garden, Chinese Hillside, Ecological Garden, Rock Garden, Heath garden and Demonstration Garden. They all make a fabulous paradise for those who like different colorful vegetation and a nature in general.

Perhaps one of the main attractions of the Royal Botanic Garden is Palmhouse; it is the tallest building of such a kind throughout the UK. There is not only a large and diverse collection of palms, but also other exotic plants, special microclimate and rich atmosphere. Woodland Garden contains plants which prefer to grow in the shady conditions, and its soils are rich in humus. Rhododendrons, redbuds and many conifer plants make a good backdrop for the demonstration plant woodland.

In the Chinese Hillside, there is an assembled world's largest collection of Chinese plants. The slopes include the winding paths, a waterfall with a pond and a traditional small Chinese pavilion, which is set on the shore. The various ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and other local flora are present in the Ecological Garden. All the plants for its collection are taken from the natural habitats of the different regions of Scotland.

Today, the Rock Garden is a large area of mounds and gullies, the winding streams and waterfalls cross it in the different directions. A unique environment is created here for thousands of alpine plants, many of them were grown from the seed, collected by George Forrest during his expeditions to China in 20th century.

Heath Garden is full of colors almost all the year. Flowering plants forms an original mosaic. The painting of heath also contributes the overall diversity in the colorful picture, turning the corners of the garden into the carpet of gold, silver or bronze. Not far from it, is the Demonstration Garden, which serves as an eloquent illustration to any section of the textbook of Botany. It contains the variety of plant forms, with the different mechanisms of reproduction the plants. Individual expositions are devoted to the culinary herbs, medicinal plants, annuals and many others.

People from all over the world aspire once in their life to get to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and stay at one of the luxury Edinburgh hotels, where they feel themself like a kings or queens in the large room with all wonderful preconditions. And the personnel help to enjoy a rest in the full strength.

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