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Leicester University Botanic Garden is situated on Stoughton Drive South and further bounded by Knighton Grange Road, London Road and Glebe Road (the latter is convenient to park on). As the leaflet you can obtain (with guide map) states "A botanic garden is distinguished from all other types of garden or park by engaging in research and education". Botanic gardens with an academic role date from mid-16th century Italy where specialist gardens were developed by monks in monastic establishments. This wonderful and attractive botanic garden is great to walk around, bring children to introduce them to the many wonders of the plant world and further admire the many sculptures on display in the varied garden sections.

The gardens and arboretum of Leicester's Botanic Garden was founded in Oadby in 1921 with the assistance of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. In the grounds are four houses: Beaumont, Southmeade, The Knoll and Hastings, which were built early in the 20th century and are now used as student residences. The gardens consist of 16 acres of integrated cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying a wide variety of features and environments. The formal planting centres have been developed around a restored Edwardian garden. Other plant sections include an arboretum, herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, special collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, and hardy Fuchsia, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents. The Botanic Garden also includes water features and sculptures add character and diversity to the garden settings. It's a great place for a pleasant walk and lots to look at for all ages!

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: A somewhat geometric sculpture, entitled 'Horizon II' in bronze by the sculptor Bruce Beasley (2006)

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: The 'Ovum' sculpture in its garden situation.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: 'Ovum' a sculpture in stainless steel and cast aluminium, painted gold, by Diane Maclean (2012)

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: untitled sculpture in resin fibreglass by Richard Fenton (2006).

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: 'Basking', a wood sculpture by Halima Cassell (London plane tree, 2013)

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Many borders of beautiful plants shrubs.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Southmeads House with the lawns in front.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Southmeads House

 

 

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: The sculpture 'entitled 'Born to be free' in grey marble by Anat Golandski (date ?)

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: ? sculpture, but Molly and toddler Niamh liked it!

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: The summer house

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Definitely tropical plants in the warm greenhouse of the Mediterranean & tropical houses

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Some lovely exotic plants in the Mediterranean & tropical houses

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: A variety of foliage Mediterranean & tropical houses

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: The greens in front of Hastings House

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Leicester University Botanic Garden

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: David Worthington's red & white sculpture 'Experiment in Colour VII' in Marble (2013) in front of Hastings House.

 

A nice grassy slope to run down on, for all ages!

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: 'Triple Loop', a sculpture in stainless steel by William Pye (1978)

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: The old common ash tree, probably around 120 years old.

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: Part of the 'limestone garden'

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: The 'HYBRID' sculpture by Deirdre Hubbard FRBS

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: 'A Rose is a rose is a rose', a sculpture in cement, steel and resin by Marigold Hodgkinson (2013)

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: The Sunken Garden, very formally laid out with box hedge.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: 'Felled', a cold-cast bronze sculpture by Liane Lang (2003)

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: The BELL sculpture in forged aluminium by Marcus Vergette ARBS.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Water lilies in the pond of the 'water garden'.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: The fountain in the water garden

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: At the top of the picture, just to left of centre is Susan Forsyth's sculpture 'Endymion II' made from Silver Leaf on wood (2013)

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: The WAVE sculpture by John Sydney Carter FRBS (2002) by the 'water garden'

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Looking down the path to the 'water garden' and the 'Bell' sculpture.

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: Plants in the fuchsia garden.

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: The cacti greenhouse or the 'desert house'.

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Many fine specimens of large cacti in the Desert House'.

 

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Leicester University Botanic Garden - desert house

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden - cacti in the desert house

 

Cactus in the 'Desert House'

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: The Fuchsia garden.

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Leicester University Botanic Garden: Lots of beautiful plants for sale!

 

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The glasshouses of Leicester's Botanical Garden

 

Leicester University Botanic Garden: Toddler Niamh likes the smells of the flowers and herbs and thinks the summerhouse is a great playroom!

 

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