Winter Garden Open Hours
Gardens will be closed on the 25th & 26th December , 1st & 2nd January
On all other dates the Gardens will open 9am - 5pm, although the greenhouse will be closed.
SiMBA worked closely with the staff of Edinburgh City Council Parks & Gardens to find a suitable, secure location for our first Tree of Tranquillity. The Tree was 'planted' in March 2008, a new concept giving parents a place to visit knowing that they are not alone.
The Edinburgh and Lothians Tree of Tranquillity is in a beautiful peaceful setting where parents can visit to share thoughts and have quiet moments to reflect. The Tree bears individual leaves which have been engraved with a personal message, each one representing a forever loved and missed baby.
The Water of Leith runs along the southern boundary of Saughton Winter Gardens and there are toilets in the recently renovated glasshouse located next to the Tree of Tranquillity as well as in the new Garden Bistro at the opposite end of the gardens next to the main car park. Please note that gardens are locked at night for security reasons.
To request a leaf for the Edinburgh and the Lothians Tree of Tranquillity Click here and select “Edinburgh & Lothians”.
As soon as you request a leaf for our Tree of Tranquillity we will add your details to our database to be held indefinitely so that you can return your leaf to us whenever you feel ready. We will also let you know when leaves are being attached, make you aware of any awareness events at your preferred tree location (i.e our annual Butterfly Releases) and we will inform you of any incidents or damage.
When your leaf is sent to you we will include details of our recommended engraver(s). These are individual(s) that we have spoken with who understand the importance of the Tree of Tranquillity and the leaf that you are entrusting them to engrave (however you are welcome to take your leaf to an engraver of your choice).
Once your leaf has been engraved, please return it to SiMBA in the packaging provided, remember to include your completed return a leaf form!
We add leaves to our Trees of Tranquillity at regular intervals throughout the year. As soon as your leaf has been attached we will send you a photograph of your leaf on the Tree of Tranquillity so that you can see exactly where it has been positioned.
If you would like to speak to SiMBA about your leaf for the Tree of Tranquillity please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discount available for SIMBA Supporters
The Garden Bistro, based within the Walled Garden at Saughton Park is open from 8am 7 days a week. They close at 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. If you mention SiMBA when you visit you'll automatically get 10% off your bill, to book visit www.thegardenbistro.co.uk or call 0131 285 1308.
Join a SiMBA closed Facebook Page Group
We have closed Facebook groups specifically to support those affected by the loss of a baby, a group for men only, grandparents and those who wish to share their babies photos. The groups are available 24 hours a day, giving families access exactly when they need it.Click here to join