Gathering in the Gardens for charity
Visiting gardens in aid of charity is part of the UK’s national heritage and the National Gardens Scheme looks to draw on this.
Aside from the refreshments and plant sales throughout the day, one of the main attractions is sure to be the University of Leicester’s eleventh annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition, which attracts around 30,000 people every year. Titled ‘Interesting Times’, it sees the Botanic Garden turned into a laboratory for experiments in art, alluding to the fact that the garden is used for bioscience research and has been since it opened in 1947.
The Garden is situated opposite Leicester Racecourse, around 3 miles from the city centre, with the visitors’ entrance on Glebe Road. Admission on the day is £3 for adults and free for children. The money raised supports the National Gardens Scheme and Headway, a local charity working to improve life after brain injury. The Garden will be open from 11am- 5pm.