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Queen Mother's Memorial Garden

A formal garden which lies within the Royal Botanic Garden in N Edinburgh, the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden was opened on 7th July 2006 by Her Majesty The Queen as the Scottish National Memorial to HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002).

Designed by Lachlan Stewart of Anta Architecture, the garden takes its inspiration from the Queen Mother's life and the places which were important to her. Centred around a labyrinth which draws its design from the Eassie Cross, located near Glamis Castle. The labyrinth is planted with bog myrtle (Myrica gale) common in the Highlands and the pink rose 'Queen Elizabeth' also features in the garden. Surrounding this are walkways which include Caithness flagstones inscribed with events which took place during the Queen Mother's long life, together with the names of organisations associated with her. The corners are planted to represent Asia, Europe, North America and the southern hemisphere.

To the east is a stone pavilion, containing the principal memorial amongst walls covered with shells and coloured tiles, fine wood panelling, together with a ceiling constructed of pine cones.


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