Friends of the Garden

Who we are

Founded in 1980, the principal aims of the association are to promote and support the development of the Garden's plant collections and amenities.

Fund-raising activities center chiefly on an annual Family Day held at the Botanic Garden, but other events are organised from time to time. As a result a whole range of projects has been funded, including:

  • Fibonacci pavements
  • New toilet facilities, with disabled access
  • Signposts around the Garden
  • Computers
  • A summerhouse
  • Meteorological equipment
  • New paths
  • Restoration of the Alpine House


How to join

Anyone over the age of 18 may become a member by completing an application form and paying the annual subscription. Subscriptions are normally payable on 1 January each year, but new members may join at any time. For further membership information please see the application form.

Membership application forms are available near the entrance gates of the Botanic Garden or download an application form here.

The current subscription rates are as follows:

Standard rate £14 £19
Senior citizen £13 £17
Life membership £120 £170

Online banking: If you wish to set up a standing order online to pay your subscription, please first email your completed application form to Please do not set up your payment until you receive a reply with your unique reference number.

Membership Privileges

Special access to the Garden. Members may visit the garden at times when it is closed to the public.

Meetings (see Programme). Meetings are held every month and comprise an autumn/winter programme of lectures (held on the University campus) and a spring/summer programme of day visits to famous and less well known gardens and nurseries; there are also opportunities from time to time to go on short-break tours to more distant gardens.

Newsletters. Four newsletters are published each year, which contain notices of meetings, news items and articles on plants or features of current interest in the Garden.

Plant exchanges. The Association provides a forum for the free exchange of plants among members.

Opportunities to:

  • Train as a guide to take groups around the Garden
  • Help at the Botanic Garden Family Day and other events
  • Help with various Garden tasks

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Friends of the Garden

Full programme of Friends of the Garden visits and lectures for 2017-2018 on the Friends of the Garden pages

Visitors' entrance

The visitor entrance to the Botanic Garden is on Glebe Road, Oadby LE2 2LD. Parking is on Glebe Road.

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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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Botanic Garden.

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.