Remember when: The Royal Botanic Garden

visitors crowd on to a little bridge in one of the hot houses to get a closer look at the water plants in 1967. Picture: TSPL
visitors crowd on to a little bridge in one of the hot houses to get a closer look at the water plants in 1967. Picture: TSPL
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BOSSES at the Royal Botanic Garden have announced plans for a public gala day to allow visitors the first look what is now the newest – and oldest – building on the site. The historic Botanic Cottage has been rebuilt brick by brick from its original home in Leith.

Looking back over the years, the Botanics have been a focal point in the city for residents and visitors alike.

The new hot houses under construction in 1966. Picture: TSPL

The new hot houses under construction in 1966. Picture: TSPL

In 1967, the News caught a snapshot of people in October enjoying a view of the giant lily pads in the hot houses. The radical design of the 1967 houses was hailed as the most innovative since Paxton’s Great Conservatory at Chatsworth, built in the 1830s.

Pictures from March 1966 show the new hothouses being built. Some 25 per cent of the Botanics’ living collection are housed here.

A family enjoys the autumn sunshine on leaves in the Botanics in 1965. Picture: TSPL

A family enjoys the autumn sunshine on leaves in the Botanics in 1965. Picture: TSPL