Adult programmes

Biological identification courses

We offer a range of courses focusing on plant, animal and fungi identification, whatever your skill level. You can also sit the exam for a Plant Identification Skills Licence to assess your plant identification and botanical surveying proficiency.  Click on the links below for further information.


Plant Identification Skills 2018-19 (two modules).

Book online here.

A course for people with some botanical knowledge.
Module 1 (October to December). Learn how to identify all the commoner plant families in the British Isles.
Module 2 (April to June). Learn how to identify species by sight and how to use identification keys, field guides, Floras and other media. Click here for further details.

Plant Identification Licence 2019
Booking available soon
22nd June 2019
Assess your botanical skill level by taking this one-day exam which results in a plant ID qualification, validated by the University of Leicester.
Botany for Beginners 2019
Book online here.
A choice of seven independent modules held at weekends, monthly April to September.
Tutor: Louise Marsh
Further details can be found here.

Trees in winter

Date to be advised
How to identify trees without their leaves.
Tutor: Louise Marsh

Bryophytes: an introduction to mosses and liverworts
Book online here.

1 & 2 December 2018
A return of this always popular two-day course.
Tutor: Uta Hamzaoui
Further details can be found here.

Christmas Wreath Workshops
Book online here.

8 December 2018 
2 workshops:  Either 10.30-12.30pm  or  13.30-15.30pm
Learn how to make a Christmas wreath to take home with you.
Tutor: Jo Green
Further details can be found here.


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.


Arts and Crafts groups who currently use the Garden

  1. Chameleon Studios: Botanical painting classes. Tutor: Colin Swinton
  2. Cleeve Press: Letterpress workshops. Tutor: Nick Birchall
  3. Heather's Art Group. Tutor: Heather Pelmore
  4. Institute of Analytical Plant Illustrators
  5. Watercolour classes. Tutor: Ian Mitchell
  6. Spinning and Weaving groups with the Fosse Guild for weavers, spinners and dyers.
  7. Wildcorners Art: painting classes. Tutor: Helen Neave
  8. Vellum Workshop Art Group. Tutor: Sarah Gould
  9. Japanese braidmaking with Jennie Parry
  10. Attenborough Arts: various art & craft courses
  11. Tai Chi Qigong. Tutor: Louise Baker

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Visitors to Botanic Garden

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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Café in the Garden

Café in the Garden 2018

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

Please note that there will not be a University sculpture exhibition in the Botanic Garden in 2018.