The Botanics magical wonderland

Botanic Lights 2016

Botanic Lights 2016

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THERE’S a glittering winter wonderland waiting to be discovered at the Royal Botanic Garden (RBGE) right now, a magical idyll celebrating the ‘spirit of adventure’ and inviting visitors to the 2016 Botanic Lights to ‘explore’.

The award-winning event runs until 6 November, during which time visitors will follow in the footsteps of plant-hunters of the past and their 21st century contemporaries, on a journey around the world - all in just one evening.

From the Arctic to the Himalaya, a trail of spectacular light installations and sounds (10 original pieces of music have been created by Claire McKenzie) will transport visitors to some of world’s most exotic locations, all of which have played a part in the creation of the Botanics’ Living Collection. 

Grant Anderson, light artist for this year’s event, says, “Visitors may find that the familiar becomes strangely unfamiliar at Botanic Lights this year.

“They will get a sense, through sight and sound, that they are on a journey of discovery from China to the US, the Himalaya and Nepal, and on to the tropics, and the wonder of the chilly Arctic. 

“The power of light and nature will transform Edinburgh’s Garden into an awesome adventure across the globe.”

New for 2016, the event uses state-of the-art technology to maximise the experience, with pressure sensors allowing audience members to interact with lights.

Heather Jackson, of the RBGE says, “This year’s event is our most ambitious yet. 

“The combination of our international plant collection and the imagination of the Botanic Lights’ designer will result in something magical. 

“Above all, this wonderful display will help us to tell the story of the work we do and why.”

Botanic Lights 2016, Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, until 6 November (not Mondays), various times, £15 (£7.50), Family tickets £27, 0844-573 8455