Leicester University's 16-acre Botanic Garden plays host again to a sale of choice rare and unusual plants, organised by the Leicestershire group of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Garden
The fourth annual specialist fair at the Oadby Gardens in Stoughton Drive South, Leicester, will be held on Sunday 5 September, from 11 am to 4 pm.
Gardeners will be able to buy plants supplied by more than 2O small and specialist nurseries from the Midlands and other regional groups of the NCCPG which is under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales. The stock will include alpines, perennials, climbers, bulbs, hardy ferns, trees and shrubs etc. Many new nurseries will be taking part this year, say the organisers.
The Botanic Garden comprises the unified gardens of four fine, mainly Edwardian houses, designed by Stockdale Harrison and acquired by the University between 1947 and 1964. There are many original garden features retained - water and sunken gardens, a sandstone garden dating from early this century which has many mature specimens of Japanese maples, a limestone garden traditional herbaceous borders and mature plantings of many fine trees, shrubs and conifers.
In addition to the NCCPG plant stalls there will be books and paintings on sale. There will be an opportunity to meet horticultural judge and lecturer Mr Graham Jackson, author of Garden Plants of Leicestershire and Rutland. The book traces the stories behind plants with local connections and it has been published by the Leicestershir Group to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the NCCPG.
An NCCPG information stand will be staffed by members of the group who will be able to give information about activities in their areas and local National Plant Collections.
A juggling workshop for those who wish to learn a new skill will provide instruction and entertainment for all ages. Entrance is £2 (children free) and there will be light refreshments all day.
For further information please contact Mrs M Peddle, telephone 01509 214096, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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