[Press and Publications] Botanic Beauty - The University of Leicester's Harold Martin Botanic Garden

April 2001

No. 37

With parts of the countryside out of bounds due to the foot and mouth crisis, Leicestershire residents can still enjoy the great outdoors at the University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden.

The garden spans 6.5 hectares of lovingly cultivated grounds. The horticulture, spectacular in itself, is also amazing in its variety, containing the National plant collections of Hardy Fuchsia, Skimmia, Lawson Cypress and Aubrieta. For those unfamiliar with the names, the sight alone is enough to convey the special nature of the plants and flowers.

Superintendent of Gardens Barrie Frankland said: “This is a peaceful place combining individual plants with exciting combinations of flowers and shrubs. Glasshouses display cacti and succulents, alpines, temperate and tropical plants.

“The grounds are perfect for a pleasant walk and there are benches for those who simply wish to relax and admire the surroundings. The water features are particularly pleasing and add character to the setting. Variety is the key to this garden's strength.”

The garden is now open to the public every weekend between 10am-4pm, until 11th November 2001. This represents an additional opportunity to visit the garden - its opening hours in the week are 10am-4pm. The garden is situated on Glebe Road in Oadby. Entrance is free.

During the following special events there is an admission charge:

  • 1st July - Friends of the Botanic Garden 'Open Day & Plant Sale', 11am-5pm
  • 29th July - National Gardens Scheme 'Open Day', 2pm-5pm
  • 2nd September - National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) 'Plant Fair', 11am-4pm.
  • NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information or to arrange pictures at the Garden, please contact Barrie Frankland on 0116 2717725.

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