Adult programmes

Botany Courses

We offer a range of botanical courses focusing on plant identification, whatever your skill level. You can also take a Field Identification Skills Certificate to assess your plant identification and botanical surveying proficiency.  Click on the links below for further information.

CourseDetails
Botany for beginners 2017: an introduction to plant identification
(seven monthly modules)
Get started with identifying local wild plants. Open to all. Assumes absolutely no previous knowledge at all!

Plant Identification Skills 2016-17 (two modules)

A course for people with some biological knowledge.
October to December. Learn how to identify the commoner plant families in the British Isles.
February to July. Learn how to identify species by sight and how to use identification keys, field guides, Floras and other media.

FISC exam 2017
Please book online here.
Take a Field Identification Skills Certificate exam and assess your botanical skill level. 24th June 2017.
Identifying mosses & liverworts: an introduction 3/4 December 2016, at the Botanic Garden (3rd) and in the field (4th). A laboratory and field class on how to identify common mosses & liverworts in the field using a hand-lens and the recently published field guide.
Bryophyte workshop 

“Brachythecium and Eurhynchium s.l. - the basics” {reprise}

22 January 2017, at the Botanic Garden. A laboratory class on how to identify these common pleurocarp mosses. A repeat by popular demand of the 21 January class. Now fully booked.

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Guided Tours of the Botanic Garden & Attenborough Arboretum

Guided tours are available to visiting groups by prior arrangement, and can be tailored to suit your needs, e.g. outside the normal opening hours. Click here for more information.

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Arts & Crafts

Willow-weaving workshopsTime & venue
One-day classes with Catherine Tregaskes from Crafts for a Sustainable Future (C4ASF), a regular participant at our Plant Sale & Family Day.
Make a plant support wigwam and a simple frame basket. £45 per person. Book online.

12 July 2016, 10am-4pm, Botanic Garden. Repeated on 16 July 2016, 10am-4pm, Botanic Garden.

Make a woven (stake and strand) basket. £45 per person. Book online.

12th November 2016, 10am-4pm, Botanic Garden.

 A range of other summer art courses and workshops is presented in partnership with the Attenborough Arts Centre.

Artist painting in the Botanic Garden

Other groups hold classes and workshops at the Botanic Garden & Attenborough Arboretum. Since they are not provided by the University of Leicester, all enquiries should be made through individual tutors using information provided in the links below.

  1. Art Tracks
  2. Chameleon Studios: Botanical painting classes. Tutor: Colin Swinton
  3. Cleeve Press: Letterpress workshops. Tutor: Nick Birchall
  4. Crafty Sew&So
  5. Heather's Art Group. Tutor: Heather Pelmore
  6. Institute of Analytical Plant Illustrators
  7. Watercolour classes. Tutor: Ian Mitchell
  8. Spinning group with Barbara Hillman
  9. SmARTsy with Ali Groschl
  10. Weaving workshops. Tutor: Helen Brotherton
  11. Wildcorners Art: painting classes. Tutor: Helen Neave

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Visitors' entrance

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

Contact us

Correspondence address:
University of Leicester Botanic Garden,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Botanic Garden office phone: 0116 271 2933
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
botanicgarden@le.ac.uk

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Café in the Garden

Café in the Garden 2017

We regret that the University Catering Dept. will be not be providing a café in the Botanic Garden this summer. 

However, we will be offering refreshments at some of our special events. For details see our events calendar on our website.

 

Sculpture exhibition 2017

Please note that there will not be a University sculpture exhibition in the Botanic Garden in 2017.