Botanic Garden tours for National Gardening Week

Posted by fi17 at Apr 19, 2012 09:37 AM |
University of Leicester Botanic Garden in Oadby hosts guided tours on 21 and 22 April

National Gardening Week 16-22 April 2012 is being brought to you by the Royal Horticultural Society to get the nation growing and celebrate everything about gardens and gardening.

All around Britain there are special events this week, including some here at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden in Oadby.

The Friends of the Botanic Garden are offering special tours of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April at 11am and 3pm.


Our tours are led by trained guides, members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden, who love to share their enjoyment of this diverse and beautiful garden. The tours show highlights of the 16 acre garden, with specialist detail.

The tours focus on the history & development of the garden, especially the restored Edwardian garden, the houses and landscape features of particular interest. Throughout the tour noteworthy plants are pointed out, together with information about their scientific & horticultural importance. 

The Botanic Garden is noted for the diversity of its plant collections and its landscapes, including woodland & herbaceous borders, water, rock and herb gardens, restored Edwardian garden, National Collections. Taking a tour ensures that you won’t miss anything: all the garden’s highlights and interesting, hidden details are included.

David Chambers, Chairman of the Friends of the Botanic Garden says:  “The Friends of the Garden are pleased to have the opportunity of participating with the University in support of the RHS National Gardening Week initiative. This year the Gardens at Glebe Road are looking particularly fine, and I would urge all those interested in gardens and gardening to come and sample the horticultural delights on offer.”


These special tours cost £3.00 and last one hour.

Please sign up, by booking at the office.  Email:   or phone 0116 271 2933, stating the date and time you wish to book for. (Use answer machine out of office hours)


1.   RHS Vice President, Alan Titchmarsh, who supports the campaign, says: “This week is about highlighting the importance of gardeners and gardening. I hope that all areas of the gardening world, from industry and horticultural colleges to charities and gardeners, embrace the opportunity and use it to promote the importance and joy of growing plants. It’s also a chance to get the nation to consider just what part growing things can play in society.”

2.   Speaking about the launch of National Gardening Week, RHS Director General Sue Biggs, says: “National Gardening Week will open the doors to gardening and inspire everyone to give it a go. We want National Gardening Week to engage fantastic partners to make it a success, so please sign up and join in."

3.    Chris Beardshaw, gold medal winning designer says: "There is global acceptance that the UK has some of the most skilled and experienced gardeners in the world and, for me, this is based on a tradition of not just celebrating our gardens but a desire to pass on our knowledge.

"None of us want to see our gardening heritage under threat so taking part in the National Gardening Week is a great way to celebrate, learn and pass your knowledge on. Just think - in just one week you or someone you know could start a lifelong passion."

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