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Beautiful crocus displays herald the start of spring

Crocuses in the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Beautiful crocus displays herald the start of spring

Free Crocus Sunday events at the University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden on 28 February and 7 March.

Issued 18 February

Every year, spring brings a spectacular display of crocuses in the University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden. To celebrate this, the Friends of the Botanic Garden have arranged to open the Garden to the public on two Sunday afternoons, 28 February and 7 March, from 11am to 4pm. The Botanic Garden is normally closed at weekends during the winter months (mid-November to mid-March) so this is a great opportunity to visit out of hours.

The public are invited to see the display of Crocus tommasinianus in the Sandstone Garden in front of Beaumont Hall. There will also be an exhibition about crocuses by the University of Leicester’s Biology Department inside the hall, and tea and cakes will be served.

A short walk in the fresh air will take visitors past borders where you can see colourful Hellebores and Winter Aconites. There may still also be 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 visitors will find a colourful show of flowering bulbs.

Richard Gornall, Director of the University 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.”

Entrance is by donation in aid of two local charities, LOROS and Rainbows. To come to Crocus Sundays, please go to the Glebe Road Entrance of the Botanic Garden, where you will be welcomed and shown where to go by stewards.

Notes to Editors:

For further information about Crocus Sundays, please contact the Botanic Garden on 0116 271 2933 or visit the website.

Ruth Shepherd

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