One of the people who came along to my creative writing class on Tuesday evening mentioned how her story had been partly inspired by Patrick Geddes and his garden just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. So I decided to pay this garden a visit today, it's one of the hidden gardens of the Royal Mile I wasn't yet aware of. The Royal Mile is home to several hidden gardens. This one is found by walking down the close that leads to the Scottish Book Trust, just near John Knox House.
It's a small, neatly designed garden with a prominent memorial bust to Geddes
Geddes was a botanist and an environmentalist with a keen interest in urban renewal. He created gardens in derelict patches of land and believed in the value of gardens for food production, learning about the natural world and contributing to social cohesion.
The garden also features this lovely sculpture
Bookcrossing Zone and you can go in and help yourself to a book or two! The idea is that you read the book and then pass it on again (putting it back in the same bookshelves or givinng it to someone else), you can also track the book through the Bookcrossing website, adding in your comments about the book and who you gave it to afterwards.
Some of the closes off the Royal Mile are in less than beautiful condition so it's nice to know that they are due to be refurbished, hopefully in a sensitive manner that respects the history of the area.
I walked home through the Meadows, where some of the crocuses are at their best.
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