Friends Talks, Visits & Holiday Programme

The programme of meetings comprises indoor lectures and outdoor visits to places of gardening interest. In addition, special events are organised from time to time.

All evening lectures start at 7.30pm in Ken Edwards lecture theatre 3, University Campus, University Road, Leicester (unless otherwise announced). Non-members are very welcome, we ask you to pay £2.00 (free if you join the Friends on the day). 
Parking is now available in the new University Sports Centre car park on the right at entrance 1, off University Road. Download a map here.

All morning talks are in Knoll House, Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby; 10.30am for an 11am start, refreshments available.
Parking is on Glebe Road. Non-members are very welcome, we ask you to pay £2.00 (free if you join the Friends on the day).

Garden visits depart from Glebe Road. Times and costs vary. Please check the individual booking forms, which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate venue in the table below if there is a live link. Cancellation terms and conditions, and further information, can be viewed here.

Wednesday March 14th 2018 AGM + brief talk

Venue: Knoll House, Botanic Garden
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start

March 27th 2018
Morning talk Anita Thorpe: 'Plants from my garden'

April 6th 2018
(Start: 11.00 for 11.30am)

Morning talk Ann Miles: 'Nature's year'. A calendar year from a pictorial photographer's view.
May 3rd 2018
Garden visit Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Cotswolds
May 18th 2018
Morning talk Rick Lambert: 'Plants of the Eastern Alps'
June 10th 2018
Garden visit

Old Rectory Garden and Deene Park, Derbyshire

Details to follow.

July 4th 2018
Garden visit

Easton Walled Garden, Lincs. & Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

Details to follow.

August 10th 2018
Garden visit

Calke Abbey and Melbourne Hall and Gardens, Derbyshire

Details to follow.

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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.