Have fun with fungus

Posted by ap507 at Oct 05, 2016 01:33 PM |
University of Leicester Botanic Garden hosts Fungus Day Display on Sunday 9 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 October 2016

Members of the public are being invited to visit the University of Leicester Botanic Garden in Oadby to find out more about fungi.

The Leicestershire Fungi Study Group is presenting a table display of specimens found in the Botanic Garden for the public to view.

Taking place in Knoll House from 10.30am-4pm on Sunday 9 October, the free public event will allow members of the public to sample the delights of the 16-acre garden as well learn more about fungi.

The University is committed to economic, social and cultural development and continuing to drive innovation, business development and local enterprise. The event is being held as part of national fungus day which aims to introduce people to the wonders of the fungal kingdom and inspire interest in fungi and fungal science:  http://www.ukfungusday.co.uk/

Founded in 1921 with the assistance of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, the University of Leicester Botanic Garden was established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. It comprises the grounds of four houses: Beaumont, Southmeade, The Knoll and Hastings, which were built early this century and are now used as student residences.

The four once-separate gardens have been merged into a single entity, whose 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, special collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, and hardy Fuchsia, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents.

The plant collections and landscape features make this garden one of the most diverse in the region. It is free and open to the public from 10am-4pm.  www.botanicgarden@le.ac.uk


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