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Open Day at the Harold Martin Botanic Garden
Sunday, July 7, 2002

This summer the University of Leicester's Harold Martin Botanic Garden will be welcoming the public at an Open Day organised by The Friends of the Botanic Garden, as part of the University's 80th anniversary celebrations.

The beautiful grounds, which organiser Kate Hodges describes as "a quiet place to think and be inspired", are situated in Oadby, and are the gardens for four Edwardian houses now used as University halls of residence.  

The gardens are the site of scientific research carried out by students and SEED (Support for Education in Environment and Development), the education programme of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden.

On Sunday, July 7, from 11.00am-4.00pm, visitors have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the gardens and greenhouses, with a range of  plant stalls and specialist groups at hand.

The guided tour, which Kate Hodges describes as "the highlight of the day", will give visitors an insight into areas including the Water Garden, tropical and sub-tropical zones, Alpine House, and the Herb and Sunken Gardens.

Inside there will be demonstrations by ecological and environmental groups, including work on badger and hedgehog monitoring. The day also offers the opportunity to view national plant collections and to meet groups such as the Bonsai Society.

While amateur horticulturalists will be able to visit specialised plant stalls, there will also be a range of activities to appeal to people of all ages. For example, children will be able to see from which plants cocoa and cotton originate.

There will also be live music, craft and cake stalls and face painting. Kate Hodges stressed, "There will be something to keep everyone happy - from plant lovers to bored children!"

  • The gardens are normally open on weekdays from 10 to 4 and at weekends, from the third weekend in March to the second weekend in November, from 10 to 4. 
  • Membership of The Friends of Botanic Garden, costs from 7.50 (student concession) and allows for unlimited access to the gardens.
  • For further information ring 0116 271 2933.


Charlotte Rigby
March 2002

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