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).

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

22nd June 2018
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
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.
Introduction to beetles

22 April 2018
An introduction to beetle families, including a hands-on workshop on ground beetles (Carabids).
Tutor: Graham Finch
Bumble Bee Identification Workshops

17 June, repeated on 15 July and 5 August 2018
A basic practical hands-on search for local bumblebees foraging around the flower borders in the Botanic Garden. Learn to catch and identify them and find out about their lives and the plants that they need.
Places are free, but limited to the first 10 adults. Booking essential by emailing the course tutor, Maggie Frankum, at
Please wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions for an outdoor meeting.

Introduction to fungi

Book online here

13 October 2018
Identify mushrooms and toadstools.
Tutor: Richard Iliffe
Further details can be found here.

Trees in winter
Book online here.

10 November 2018
How to identify trees without their leaves.
Tutor: Louise Marsh
Bryophytes: an introduction to mosses and liverworts 1 & 2 December 2018
A return of this always popular two-day course.
Tutor: Uta Hamzaoui
Further details and booking information to come.


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.