Gathering in the Gardens for charity

Posted by pt91 at Aug 16, 2012 11:02 AM |
The University‘s Botanic Garden is hosting an open day on Sunday 19 August as part of the National Garden Scheme.

Visiting gardens in aid of charity is part of the UK’s national heritage and the National Gardens Scheme looks to draw on this.

With 16 acres of cultivated grounds including a water garden and arboretum, and greenhouses holding tropical plants, there is plenty of variety across the entire event.

Aside from the refreshments and plant sales throughout the day, one of the main attractions is sure to be the University of Leicester’s eleventh annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition, which attracts around 30,000 people every year. Titled ‘Interesting Times’, it sees the Botanic Garden turned into a laboratory for experiments in art, alluding to the fact that the garden is used for bioscience research and has been since it opened in 1947.

The Garden is situated opposite Leicester Racecourse, around 3 miles from the city centre, with the visitors’ entrance on Glebe Road. Admission on the day is £3 for adults and free for children. The money raised supports the National Gardens Scheme and Headway, a local charity working to improve life after brain injury. The Garden will be open from 11am- 5pm.

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