Botanical bargains: Pick up a plant at University of Leicester's garden sale

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Plant sale and Family Day at Botanic Garden kick off a summer of activities
Botanical bargains: Pick up a plant at University of Leicester's garden sale

There'll be activities and entertainment for all ages aAt the Botanic Garden on 1 July.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 June 2012

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The University of Leicester's Botanic Garden will throw its doors open to plant-lovers for its popular Plant Sale and Family Day this weekend.

Specialist plant sales, refreshments and entertainment will all be on offer during the day on Sunday, July 1 from 11am to 5pm at the Harold Martin Botanic Garden, on Stoughton Drive South, Oadby.

The day will also feature a range of activities for children, including face painting, a bouncy castle and a treasure hunt. Entrance is £3.50 and free for children.

Richard Gornall, Director of the Garden, said: "We have to have something for everyone. It should be a really good day for all the family."

The Botanic Garden and its associated Arboretum promise to be a hive of activity throughout the summer, with adventures and new discoveries for children and art-lovers as well as gardeners.

Once the school holidays start, Family Holiday Fun really begins. Intrepid young fans of Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen’s book ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’, will have the chance to hunt bears for themselves on July 18 and August 21 from 10am to 12 noon.

Children can Make a Sculpture of their own (July 24 and August 13 10am-12noon) inspired by the sculpture exhibition in the garden, and will be able to go on a World Cake Treasure Hunt (August 3, 10am to 12 noon).

Visitors can also Meet the Green Man at the Attenborough Arboretum and make leaf masks (August 9, 10am to 12noon).

Tickets for all these Family Holiday Fun events can be obtained in advance from 0116 271 2933. See website for more details. Booking is essential.

Keen gardeners can look forward to the Botanic Garden's National Gardens Scheme Open Day on August 19 from 10am to 5pm.

All events in the garden will coincide with the University of Leicester’s annual summer sculpture exhibition.  

This year 19 acclaimed sculptors are exhibiting in ‘Interesting Times', which takes place from Sunday, July 1 to Sunday, October 28. Except on special Open Days entrance is free, and the garden is open from 10am-4pm from Monday-Sunday for the duration of the exhibition.



Notes to Editors: Information about the University of Leicester Botanic Garden and the Attenborough Arboretum are below.   More details are available from Dr Richard Gornall, Director of the Botanic Garden, tel 0116 252 3394, email   

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

The University’s Botanic Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the region. Established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. It comprises the grounds of four early 20th century houses now used as student residences.

The four once-separate gardens have been merged into 16 acres of cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying formal planting around a restored Edwardian garden, an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, the National Collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and Lawson's Cypress, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents.

Normal Botanic Garden opening times are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday all year (except for the Christmas-New Year period) and on Saturday and Sunday from the third weekend in March to the second weekend in November.   Admission is normally free except for special event days. The public entrance to the Garden is in Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester.

Attenborough Arboretum

The Attenborough Arboretum is a satellite facility of the Botanic Garden. Opened on 23 April 1997 by Sir David Attenborough, it occupies about five acres in the old village of Knighton, and forms part of the land that used to belong to Home Farm.

Now swallowed up by Leicester, the Arboretum site features possibly the only surviving example in the city of a medieval ridge-and-furrow field, and also contains two large ponds, complete with a board-walk. The planting scheme is designed to display our native trees in the sequence in which they arrived in this country following the ending of the last ice-age, approximately 10,000 years ago.

Importantly for schools and other visiting groups, the Arboretum includes a fully-equipped, purpose-built classroom, with access for disabled people.

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