Bobby Niven: Palm House

Bobby Niven, Palm House, 2017. Photo: Johnny Barrington. 

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We are delighted to open Palm House and the Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden once again for the 2019 Art Festival.

Palm House was created by artist Bobby Niven for our 2017 Commissions Programme in response to the unique space of Scottish Wildlife Trust’s smallest nature reserve.

Visit the garden and Palm House from Thursdays to Sundays throughout the festival, where you can see a series of new free-form planters designed by Bobby Niven especially for Palm House, and spend some time in the Palm House reading room exploring books relating to the Commissions Programme and wider festival.

Accompanied by a hand built mud oven, the project is conceived as a social sculpture, a space for production, and for sharing and exchanging conversations, cooking and activities that collectively invite exploration of the particular context and value of this urban wildlife reserve.

Come along to Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden each Friday from 2–5pm for Mud Oven Afternoons, to see the mud oven in action, make your own pizza, experience the wildflower meadow and enjoy a range of storytelling events led by artists, writers, poets and communities from across the city. 

Bobby Niven: Palm House was commissioned for Edinburgh Art Festival 2017 with support from Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, investment managers Baillie Gifford and Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Due to the location of this site it is not fully accessible.


25 July—25 August

Thu—Sun, 12noon—5pm 


Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden
Patrick Geddes Steps/Castle Wynd South,
Edinburgh, EH1 2PW