Open Day at the University's Harold Martin Botanic Garden
July 7, 2002
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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