Blooming success turns spring flower viewing into an annual event

Posted by ap507 at Feb 05, 2016 10:03 AM |
Weekend viewings of first flowers of spring at University of Leicester Botanic Garden on 28 February & 6 March 2016

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 February 2016 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Media are welcome to photograph at the Botanic Garden, entrance Glebe Road, Oadby, between 10am – 4pm on both days.

Photograph to download: Evie Bradford from Sileby discovers a hidden trove of crocuses ready to bloom in the University of Leicester Botanic Garden (credit: Crysta Campbell, University of Leicester): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3czrpjfvvt74xjw/AAAGdaRQu3fRQkG38IbZ3jYha?dl=0

The success of Crocus Weekends at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden has now led to it becoming an annual fixture in the Garden calendar.

On Sundays 28 February and March 6, visitors can sample the delights of the flowers as well as  refreshments in the 16-acre picturesque garden in Oadby. 

Continuing with its tradition to support local charities, entrance to the Garden is by donation to the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.

One of the first flowers to bloom in spring, the crocuses put on a spectacular display throughout the Sandstone Garden in front of Beaumont Hall.

To celebrate blooming of the beautiful Woodland Crocus, Crocus tommasinianus, the Friends of the Botanic Garden have arranged to open the Garden to the public on the two Sunday afternoons from 10am to 4pm.

A short walk in the fresh air will take you past borders where you can see colourful Hellebores and Winter Aconites. You might still be able to see some Viburnums, Witch-hazels, and the related Persian Ironwood if they are still in flower. The walk leads to the Alpine House in whose sheltered environment you’ll find a colourful show of flowering bulbs.

Director of the Botanic Garden Dr Richard Gornall commented: “This is a wonderful display. It’s a bright spot in an otherwise quiet time in the gardening calendar.”

The University’s Biology Department will also put on an exhibition in Beaumont Hall about research on crocuses with tea, coffee and home-made cakes being served. Visitors can also buy plants from local specialist nurseries.

On March 6, visitors will also have the opportunity to see an interactive exhibition of drawings by local children of £100 notes. One hundred of the children’s designs have been chosen for a special display, and six notes have been printed in quantity, to show what a million pounds looks like. The bank notes are part of a project based at the University of Leicester to help local children see how our number system is built on tens, hundreds and thousands.

  • Crocus Sundays take place this year on 28 February and 6 March 2016 between 10am-4pm. Please come to the Glebe Road entrance (LE2 2LD) where you will be welcomed and shown where to go by Friends of the Garden.

For more information, please contact Botanic Garden at botanicgarden@le.ac.uk or visit their website http://www.le.ac.uk/botanicgarden

 

 

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