Bench Adoptions

We recognise that our Gardens are special places for many people to enjoy time with their families or a tranquil respite away from the hubbub of daily life. Our bench adoption programme offers you the opportunity to have a personal and tangible place in our four Gardens to commemorate someone dear to you or celebrate a special event.

For £3,000 you will be able to adopt a new bench for 10 years. Please be aware that designs vary across the four Gardens.

Your contribution will fund the costs of a beautiful plaque engraved with an inscription of your choice and maintenance costs for 10 years. The remainder will serve as a donation to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to support our charitable education, plant science and horticulture work.

example benchOur New Edinburgh Benches (click to enlarge)

Example Gift Certificate for a Bench AdoptionExample Gift Certificate (click to enlarge)Bench Adoption Certificate

You will receive a bespoke certificate authenticating your bench adoption, recording your commemoration and acknowledging your personal support.

Free Entry in the Commemorative Book

You will be invited to create a free entry in our Commemorative Book. This interactive book allows you to upload photos, add your own personal dedication and invite friends and family, from anywhere in the world, to add their own unique message.


Terms and Conditions apply, please read these before purchasing your adoption. Due to high demand, all new benches in Edinburgh must be located in the Demonstration Garden (near the Botanic Cottage).


It is estimated that there will be a 12 week period from the point of ordering before the bench arrives in the appropriate Garden.


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)