Botanic Garden Lecture

Since 1973 the University of Leicester Botanic Garden has hosted a lecture on a botanical or horticultural topic as part of the University's Public Lecture series.


36 14 May 2015
Professor Gordon Campbell
'The English Ornamental Hermit'

16 May 2013
Dr Peter Sheldon,  Senior Consultant Rheumatologist to the University Hospitals of Leicester, and retired Clinical Senior Lecturer in Immunology to the Leicester Medical School

'Withering - the English Linnaeus and the flowering of pharmacology'
34 20 May 2010
Mr Christopher Lloyd
(Science writer & journalist)
'What on earth evolved? 100 species that changed the world'
33 24 September 2009
Mr Fergus Garrett
(Head Gardener, Great Dixter)
'Great Dixter, past, present and future'
32 15 May 2008
Professor Alexei Leporc
(State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)
'English landscape garden design re-interpreted by Tsarist Russia'
Dr Christopher Preston
(CEH, Monks Wood)
'Agriculture, climate change and the British flora'
30 12 September 2002
Dr Sandra Knapp
(Natural History Museum, London)
'Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon: the making of a naturalist'
29 13 March 2001
Dr Oliver Rackham
(Corpus Christi College, Cambridge)
'Ancient woodland: the recent past and the future'
28 7 September 2000
Professor Alan Gray
(Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Furzebrook)
'GM or not GM: an ecologist's viewpoint'
27 23 September 1999
Mr Nigel Colborn
(writer and broadcaster; Stamford)
'Gardening in Mediterranean Britain'

11 June 1998
Dr Peter Houghton
(Kings College London)
'Green pharmacy: present and future medicines from plants'
25 23 April 1997
Sir David Attenborough
(naturalist, broadcaster; Kew)
'Revealing the private life of plants'
24 16 May 1996
Mr Richard Mabey
(writer, broadcaster; Berkhamsetead)
'From magic to modern myth: wild plants in popular culture'
23 1 June 1995
Mrs Beth Chatto
(writer, nurseryman; Colchester)
'The right plant for the right place'
26 May 1994
Mr John Simmons
(Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
'Botanical conservatories past and present'
21 3 June 1993
Ms Anna Pavord
(Gardening correspondent, The Independent)
'Hidcote: the Edwardian garden'
7 May 1992
Mr Peter Thoday
(University of Bath)
'The Victorian walled garden'
19 30 May 1991
Ms Anne Swithinbank
(BBC, Gardeners' World)
'Exotic plants under glass'
21 June 1990
Professor Ghillean T Prance (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
'The future of the Amazon rainforest'
17 22 June 1989
Dr Robin Lane Fox
(New College, Oxford)
'Winners and losers in the garden'
16 19 May 1988
Dr Stefan Buczacki
(BBC, Gardeners' Question Time)
'Wild plants in tame places'
15 23 April 1987
Dr John Richards
(University of Newcastle)
'Sex in garden plants'
22 May 1986
Mr Tony Schilling
(Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst Place)
'Nepal - a plantsman's paradise'
13 2 May 1985
Mr Alan Mitchell
(Forestry Commission)
'Notable trees'
12 10 May 1984
Mr Christopher Brickell
(RHS Garden, Wisley)
'Wisley Garden: past, present and future'
11 16 June 1983
Dr James Cullen
(Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh)
'How should we identify garden plants?'
10 20 May 1982
Professor Harry Smith
(University of Leicester)
'A garden from the past for the future: the story of Leicester University Botanic Garden'
9 30 April 1981
Mr Adrian Bloom
(Bressingham Gardens)
'How to make the most of a modern garden'
8 1980
Professor Alan Gemmell
(BBC, Gardeners' Question Time)
'New plants for old'
7 3 May 1979
Mr Roy Lancaster
(Hillier Arboretum)
'The Hillier Arboretum: trees for everyone'
6 18 May 1978
Mr John Anthony
(Trent Polytechnic)
'A history of garden design'
5 12 May 1977
Mr JK Hulme
(Liverpool University Botanic Garden)
'Ness: a developing botanic garden'
4 27 May 1976
Dr Max Walters
(Cambridge University Botanic Garden)
'The conservation role of botanic gardens'
3 15 May 1975
Professor Jack Hawkes
(University of Birmingham)
'Plants of South America and their value to Man'
2 14 March 1974
Dr William Stearn
(Natural History Museum, London)
'The introduction of plants into the gardens of western Europe'
1 22 March 1973
Professor J Heslop-Harrison (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
'Botanic gardens: the tradition and the future'

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Refreshment facilities

We regret that University Catering no longer provides a café in the Botanic Garden. However, we will be offering refreshments at some of our special events. For details see our events calendar on our website.