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Garden Open Day

The normally sedate Botanic Garden will be busy with activity on 27 June.

Garden Open Day

Arts, crafts and sculpture at the Botanic Garden - a day out for the whole family on 27 June

Issued on 08 June 2010

We all love a beautiful garden and on Sunday 27th June there will be an event offering something for everyone in one of the most diverse gardens in the Midlands.

The highly popular Plant Sale & Family Day held by the University of Leicester Botanic Garden will take place from 11am-5pm, coinciding with the public opening of the University’s annual international sculpture exhibition in the garden, this year entitled ‘Heart, Head and Hands’.

The open day includes specialist plant sales, as well as arts and crafts stalls and demonstrations of floral painting, herbalism, spinning and dyeing with plants, horticultural and environmental groups and wildlife experts on bees, tortoises and hedgehogs.

Refreshments, floral greeting cards and natural soaps will be on sale and there will be music from a jazz band and string group and morris and maypole dancers.

Children can enjoy a range of free entertainments including face painting, art & craft activities, a bouncy castle, magic shows and games.

The Plant Sale & Family Day is a fund-raising event organised by the Friends of the Garden, and over the years has become an annual event firmly fixed in the local community’s calendar and well supported by garden lovers from far and wide.

A bonus will be the ninth international exhibition of sculpture in the University of Leicester Botanic Garden. Entitled ‘Heart, Head & Hands’, it runs from Sunday 27th June – Sunday 19th September and features 64 major works by 41 sculptors from across the UK, Germany and the USA.

Sculptor Austin J. Orwin will be in the Garden during the open day from 11.00pm to 5.00pm carving a piece of sculpture and available to talk to members of the public

Austin has run a professional sculpture practice based in Leicester for over 10 years. He works in a mix of sculptural materials including stone, wood, ceramic and cold-cast metal resins, and often uses carving techniques to release an envisioned form from a solid, inanimate raw material.

He enjoys the intimate processes of both carving and modelling and takes great joy from the act of creating, often allowing the nature of the materials to come through in his finished work.

Alongside his own practice, he regularly teaches sculpture and printmaking, and has work in many private collections across the UK.

The University of Leicester Botanic Garden Plant Sale & Family Day will take place on Sunday 27th June, 11am-5pm. Entrances will be on Glebe Road and Stoughton Drive South and admission will be £3.50 per adult (children are free).

The sculpture exhibition, ‘Heart, Head & Hands’ will run until Sunday 19th September, and after the 27th June the garden will be open free of charge, except for special open days (see the website www.le.ac.uk/botanicgarden for details).

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.

Notes to Editors: Further details on the Plant Sale and Family Day at the Botanic Garden are available from Richard Gornall, University of Leicester Botanic Garden, email ubg@leicester.ac.uk, phone 0116-271-2933 or 252-3394.

More information on the ‘Heart, Head & Hands’ sculpture exhibition is available from Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, RA centre, University of Leicester, email sc352@le.ac.uk, tel 0116 223 1529

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