Free public tour of University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Posted by pt91 at May 16, 2012 11:33 AM |
International Fascination of Plants Day on May 18

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 May 2012

The University of Leicester is offering a free public mini-tour of its picturesque Botanic Garden in Oadby as part of the first International Fascination of Plants Day on Friday May 18.

The Director of the Botanic Garden, Dr Richard Gornall, will lead a ‘Director’s Choice’ tour for the public starting at 10am from the public entrance on Glebe Road, Oadby. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Garden with an expert and focus on a selection of plants chosen by the Director. You will see some of the most important and interesting highlights of the Botanic Garden’s extensive collections and hear about their scientific importance and value to the Garden.

Richard Gornall said: ” It will be a pleasure to share some of the Garden’s fascinating collections with visitors on International Fascination of Plants Day on Friday 18th May at 10am.”

This one hour tour is free, and there is no need to book in advance: just meet at the main gate on Glebe Road.

The plant collections and landscape features make this garden one of the most diverse in the region. It is the perfect place for a pleasant walk and there are benches for those who simply wish to relax and admire the surroundings. The water features are particularly pleasing and add character to the setting.  Variety is the key to this garden's strength.

The 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses  display a wide variety of features and environments. The formal planting centres around a restored Edwardian garden.

Other planting includes an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, the important collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and Lawson's Cypress, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents.

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Note to newsdesk- for more information contact: Richard Gornall 0116 252 3394

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Phone/fax: 0116 271 2933

Email: botanicgarden@le.ac.uk

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