Blooming crocuses usher in spring at popular Botanic Garden events

Posted by es328 at Feb 24, 2017 11:48 AM |
University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden to host the perennially popular Crocus Sundays events this year on 26 February and 5 March
Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 24 February 2017
  • PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Media are welcome to film/photograph at the Botanic Garden , entrance Glebe Road, Oadby, between 11am – 2pm on 26 Feb and 5 March

The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden will once again usher in springtime with two Crocus Sunday events showcasing the early springtime blooming of the flower.

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

The success of previous Crocus Weekends at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden have led to it becoming an annual fixture in the Garden calendar at the end of February.

To celebrate blooming of the beautiful Woodland Crocus, Crocus tommasinianus, the Garden will be open to the public on two Sunday afternoons, 26 February and 5 March, from 10am to 4pm.

Continuing with its tradition to support local charities, entrance to the Garden will be by donation to the Rotary Foundation's campaign to End Polio Now on 26 February and the Rainbows Children and Young Peoples' Hospice on 5 March.

Richard Gornall, Director of the Botanic Garden, commented: “This is a wonderful display that far too few people get to see. It’s a bright spot in an otherwise quiet time in the gardening calendar.

“Our Crocus Sundays are a perennially popular event and we get to welcome so many new visitors to the Garden. While they continue to prove so popular, we will certainly continue to host them.”

As well as crocuses, the Botanic Garden is also home to 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.

After viewing the hugely popular crocus displays, visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses which make up one of the most diverse gardens in the region.

  • Crocus Sundays take place this year on 26 February and 5 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. Refreshments are available.

For more information, please contact Botanic Garden at 0116 271 2933, botanicgarden@le.ac.uk or visit their website http://www.le.ac.uk/botanicgarden

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