Study day: Geddes, Gardens and Green Spaces

This event will be taking place on Friday the 13th of May at The Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.

One of a series of six study days in advance of the opening of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning at Riddle’s Court in 2017, this event is a must for those fascinated by the ‘green heritage’ of the Old Town.

As we consider the history and development of these green spaces, participants will hear from expert speakers in a morning of presentations which will demonstrate how gardens have contributed to the landscape and function of life in Edinburgh’s historic heart.

In the afternoon we will explore the streets, closes and green spots surrounding Riddle’s Court with Jean Bareham of ‘Greenyonder Tours’ and visit community garden schemes which bring benefit to those who tend to, harvest or simply visit these small havens and debate how they contribute to the ethos of the thinker and polymath Sir Patrick Geddes in terms of community participation.

There will be especial emphasis on the life and work of Geddes and his family, famed for their improvement schemes in the tenement slums of the Lawnmarket where they lived.

In honour of his work and to continue his legacy, the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning will establish a programme of events and activities – this study day hopes to give you a flavour of what is to come!

Whatever your interest in the history and heritage of Edinburgh’s Old Town, ‘Geddes, Gardens and Green Spaces’ will delight and stimulate in equal measure and in the spirit of Geddes’ own motto: ‘Vivendo Discimus – By Living We learn’



  • Tickets for this study day are priced at £12
  • The venue for this study day is The Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA. The venue is fully accessible.
  • The venue does not yet have an audio loop for those who are hard of hearing
  • Registration will take place from 0900 -0930
  • The event runs until 16.30
  • Lunch, teas and coffees are included in your admission fee and will be provided at the venue. A buffet lunch of mixed sandwiches and a vegetarian soup will be served. Please indicate any dietary requirements by emailing – the venue requires notice of these 5 days in advance of the event.
  • The morning talks will be filmed for the Patrick Geddes Centre archive
  • From 1330 we will participate in a guided tour of gardens and green spaces in the Old Town and will be outside for approximately 90 minutes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and plan for the weather. The route may contain steps into gated gardens and therefore will not be fully accessible; it may also encompass hilly streets. The walking tour will encompass in the region of 2 miles in total.

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