"When I forget thee, Auld Reekie, may my right hand forget it's cunning" R.L. Stevenson

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Doctor Neil's Garden

Dr Neil’s Garden is on Old Church Lane in Duddingston. Sometimes called 'Edinburgh’s Secret Garden', Dr Neil’s Garden was began in 1965 by Drs. Andrew and Nancy Neil who practised medicine nearby.
Dr Neil’s Garden is an inspirational place for meditating and contemplating peacefully away from the hustle and bustle of the city that is just a short walk away. The garden has appeared twice on BBC Scotland’s 'Beechgrove Garden' and also on Channel 4's 'Garden Club.'
In a corner of Dr Neil's Garden is Thomson’s Tower built in 1825 for curlers to store their stones. One of the most famous to have played curling here was the Reverend Robert Walker as he was depicted in Henry Raeburn’s 1790 portrait.
The tower was designed by William Henry Playfair and is known as Thomson's Tower because the minister of Duddingston John Thomson used the upper room as a painting studio. Rev. Thomson was a friend of Sir Walter Scott, J. M. W. Turner, Alexander Nasmyth and Sir Henry Raeburn.
'Take One Garden' by Susan Mercer is a 2006 book of recipes inspired by the plants that grow in Dr Neil’s Garden.

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