Welcome to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden: a world of plants in one place

Free Guided tours of the sculpture exhibition

Led by Jacky Oliver, artist in residence.
No booking required, meet at the Glebe Road gate to the Botanic Garden, LE2 2LD.
Wednesday, 2nd July 4.00-5.30pm
Saturday, 2nd August 6.00-7.30pm
Thursday, 21st August 6.00-7.30pm
Friday, 5th September, 2.00-3.30pm

Free Sculpture workshops

Led by Jacky Oliver, artist in residence
Free, but booking required to secure your place 0116 271 2933
Find out more about the workshops here

Sculpture workshop for adults
Saturday, 2nd August 10am-4pm
Sculpture workshop for families (age 6+)
Thursday, 21st August 10am-4pm
Two-day sculpture workshop for adults
Saturday, 6th & 13th September 10am-4pm

The Mythical Maze, Summer Reading Challenge

Begin your Children's Summer Reading Challenge with an out-door character hunt around the Botanic Garden (LE2 2LD). Collect your hunt sheet from the cafe in the Garden. Follow the trail around the garden and find the characters. Take your completed sheet to Oadby Library (LE2 5BF) for your reward and join the Reading Challenge. For children 4-12years, the Challenge runs throughout Leicestershire libraries till Sept 13th. Its free to join and children collect stickers and other incentives as they read/share/listen to 6 books across the summer. There are events in some libraries so check out the website www.leics.gov.uk/libraries click on Summer Reading Challenge in the Children's Zone and follow the links.

Sculpture in the Garden

The annual sculpture exhibition is back. The 2014 exhibition, "The Visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess", opens to the public on Sunday,15th June. Read more about the exhibition here. New this year: free events with our artist in residence. Sculpture workshops and guided tours of the exhibition for both adults & children. For details, see the events calendar

Summer painting classes

Three guided painting days using the diverse landscapes and plants in the Garden. You will base your work on the Garden & the glasshouses, working in the classroom to explore each day’s theme with our tutor Helen Neave. If you wish, finish your morning with lunch at the Botanic Garden Café.
Friday 4th July: Fruits & Flowers in the Garden
Friday 11th July: Landscapes & Garden-scape
Friday 18th July: Water in the Garden & in the Landscape 
Time: 10am-1pm
If you wish, finish your morning with lunch at the Botanic Garden Café. 
Cost: £15 per day, £40 for all three days.Choose individual days, or book all three (discounted rate). 
To book: phone 0116 271 2933

Our popular education programme has received two national awards
   Growing Schools logo         Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

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Friends of the Garden


Thursday, 24th July 2014
Bourton House and Mill Dene Gardens, nr Moreton in the Marsh

Click here for details of how to book and to see the full programme of Friends of the Garden visits and lectures for 2014-15

Visitors' entrance

The visitor entrance to the Botanic Garden is on Glebe Road, Oadby LE2 2LD. Parking is on Glebe Road.

Contact us

Correspondence to:
University of Leicester Botanic Garden,
University Road,

Botanic Garden office phone: 0116 271 2933 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

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Summer Cafe in the Garden

The Botanic Garden cafe in Southmeade House is now open. It will be open every day from 11.00-4.30 until Sunday 21st September. Find out more about the cafe here.