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Talk to the plants and wander through the seasons at new Botanic Lights

Talk to the plants and wander through the seasons at new Botanic Lights

Dance with sound waves, talk to the plants and change the season via Twitter.

Technology is at the heart of this year’s Botanic Lights which returns after attracting 23,000 visitors on the first year and making it the busiest November the gardens have seen since records began.

Stretched across an outdoor 2km trail, this year’s event has 15 areas of colour with 663 lights bringing the garden into spectacular multicolour.

  (© Grant Ritchie)
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As night falls, visitors can follow a magical trail of light through the Botanics which follows a theme of changing seasons and celebrates a year in the life of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

This year, new projection and laser technology have been added into the mix to highlight the shapes of the garden’s trees and landscape.

Also new to this event are voice activation sensors that let people ‘talk’ to the plants and trees and see how their voices change the light installations around them.

  (© Grant Ritchie)
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There are also areas where visitors can change the colours of the landscape using tablets and change the season scene on the Victorian Palm House using Twitter.

  (© Grant Ritchie)
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Running for 22 nights from October 29 to November 22, Botanic Lights 2015 - Seasons in Colour has been designed by Scottish lighting designer Grant Anderson, with composer Claire McKenzie creating the music.

First look at Botanic Lights 2015

STV reporter Susan Ripoll has had a sneak peek at the outdoor light event. Have a look at this video to find out what the first visitors thought of the attraction.

via STV via STV

“In Scotland, it’s often said that you can experience four seasons in one day," Grant Anderson said.

“Visitors to Botanics Lights will be able to experience four seasons in just one night. It makes perfect sense to me to combine nature and light with seasonal changes as the three are inextricably linked.

  (© Grant Ritchie)
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“If visitors are yearning for the colours and sounds of summer, or any other season, then it’s within their power to influence the light installations before them, and to experience a deeper connectivity with the natural surroundings of the Botanics.”

As well as illuminating the natural life, Inverleith House, the Glasshouse, the Palm House and the pond will also be bathed in multicolours with the Chinese Hillside being added to this list for the first time.

  (© Grant Ritchie)
via STV via STV

Pete Irvine, managing director of Unique Events, the people behind Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks who are working in partnership with RGBE, said: “I know I speak for everyone at Unique in saying how pleased we are to be returning to the Garden this autumn.

“This year we will explore the Seasons in Colour with an ambitious light and sound event featuring interactive experiences, show pieces and installation art. It’s great to be back among the plants.”

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