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

Crocus Sundays 1st & 8th March

Our popular celebration of Spring: the Friends of the Garden invite you to share early flowers in the Botanic Garden and its specialised glasshouses, particularly the spectacular displays of crocus tomasinnianus in the Sandstone Garden.  

Refreshments: sandwiches, tea, coffee, and homemade cakes will be served in Beaumont House.
Time: 10am-4pm
Entry: at Glebe Road gate, by donation to our partner charity, MacMillan Cancer Support. 

Hedgehogs in the Knoll House, Botanic Garden

7th & 8th March

10am-4pm with refreshments.

Visit our free, interactive display of thousands of salt-dough hedgehogs made by schoolchildren around the city and county in a School of Education project about counting and numbers. Come and try to count them. Maybe you or someone in your family made one of these hedgehogs? See if you can find it!.

Hugh Warwick, leading expert on hedgehogs be be giving a lively, family friendly talk on Sunday 8th March at 2pm.

New award for Botanic Garden

Our Education Officer, Ruth Godfrey, has been awarded a Widening Participation Award by the University of Leicester in recognition of her excellent and sustained contribution to broadening educational opportunity among schoolchildren from less advantaged backgrounds. This is a recognition of many years of work by Ruth and the team of teaching staff at the Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum.


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












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Eranthis hyemalis

Winter aconites and spring flowers in the woodland borders

Friends of the Garden


Thursday, 19th February Andrew Mikolajski, "The Gardens of Lamport Hall"

7.30pm Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3 on main University Campus.

Click here for map and parking details, & 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.

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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)

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Summer Cafe in the Garden

The Botanic Garden cafe in Southmeade House is now closed.