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.

Sunday September 10th 2017 Garden visit

Weston Park, Shropshire

Cancelled due to lack of subscribers.

Tuesday September 19th 2017 Morning talk Richard Yates: 'Bulbs'
Wednesday October 25th 2017 Morning talk Dr John Page: 'Victorian Gardens'
Thursday October 26th 2017 Evening lecture Corin Tomlinson: 'Greenwood Bonsai'
Tuesday November 14th 2017 Evening lecture Adrian Stockdale: 'Plant Names Simplified'
Wednesday November 22nd 2017 Morning talk George Marshall: 'Francis Hammond's Botanic Garden: history, restoration and future'
Tuesday January 16th 2018 Evening lecture Sally Cunningham: 'Love Your Bugs'
Thursday January 25th 2018 Morning talk Mary Walmsley
Tuesday February 13th 2018 Evening lecture John Stirland: 'Gardening with Wild Life'
Friday April 6th 2018 Morning talk Ann Miles: 'Photography'
Sunday June 10th 2018 Garden visit

Old Rectory Garden and Deene Park, Derbyshire

Details to follow.

Wednesday July 4th 2018 Garden visit

Easton Walled Garden, Lincs. & Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

Details to follow.

Friday 10th August 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 2016-2017 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 2017

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 2017.