City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

RGBE - Off Inverleith House Lawn


Off Inverleith House Lawn Edinburgh EH5 3LP
Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Inverleith, Edinburgh
Telephone (box office): 
0131 226 0000

A central spot in the 70-acre Royal Botanic Garden. The lawn is in front of the terrace cafe, and Inverleith House. Two famous art commissions are installed near the lawn: eco-artist Andy Goldworthy's trademark slate cone and Ian Hamilton Finlay's neo-classical sundial which includes the Little Sparta artist's concrete poetry "“Umbra solis non aeris” ("The shadow of the sun and not of the bronze").

Fringe cancellation

"Off Inverleith Lawn" is the location for two 1pm Fringe 2010 performances of youth circus family show A Hootenany Heaven.

Also scheduled, from 5 to 29 August, was an outdoor interactive theatre, art and craft show where, according to The Fringe programme, you were invited to "explore nature and your imagination through workshops and performances inside a mushroom-shaped amphitheatre high in th treetops".

However, after the release of the Fringe programme, a last minute cut in funding meant the show was cancelled.

The Fringe website says, "Due to unforeseen circumstances Invisible Structures has had to cancel the build of its TreeHouse structure and its evening performances. The day-time workshops and performances exploring Edinburgh’s environment and the creative imagination through craft, storytelling, music and presentations on the secrets of nature will now be hosted in yurts near the Botanics’ Fletcher Building."