Festival of Plants 2017

SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017 10am - 5pm
A day dedicated to bringing plants into focus.

A fun-filled, fact-finding, family day out where the Garden becomes a hive of activity and as well as brimming with spring colour.

There is something for everyone at this year's Festival of Plants. Free Garden tours, ask-the-gardener and pop-up plant science stalls where University researchers share how they are using plant science to address global problems, are just a few of the highlights on offer this year.

A range of tours and bitesize 10 minute talks are timetabled to run throughout the day. There will also be specialist plant stalls, children’s activities, composting and vegetable growing advice, live music and pop-up food and drink on offer, as the Garden showcases and shares the fascinating world of plant and the science they support.

Pop-up Science Marquee
Plant Science groups from the University's Departments demonstrate and explain the wonders of plants with hands-on experiments and interactive games designed to highlight how world-leading research can help address global challenges.

Free Garden Tours
Garden Guides and staff will be giving highlight tours showing what's best in the Garden. Up to midday, our Trainee Horticultural Technicians will also be conducting drop-in canopy tours of our Tropical Glasshouse, providing an opportunity to view the collection from the high walkway.
(programme downloadable by clicking the link to the left)

Talking Plants- and a few songs
10-15 minute drop in talks throughout the day in the marquee by the lake. Topics include plant hunting in Vietnam, pollination and tropical plants. Plus, John Hinton, theatre practitioner and science communicator, will be returning to the Garden to educate and amuse, using the format of song - also appearing on the Main Lawn.
(programme downloadable by clicking the link to the left)

Ask the Gardener
CUBG staff will be on hand to answer gardening questions and offer advice. Composting and vegetable growing advice will also be available in the Schools' Garden.

Family Fun, 11-4pm
Drop-in to the Schools' Garden and Garden Room where our Learning Team will be providing a range of Indian-themed pop-up activities with an Indian theme: fabric printing, chai tasting, spice smelling, badge making and painting.

Plant Promenade
The Garden's Main Walk hosts plant nurseries from across the region - a perfect opportunity to purchase from local and specialist nurseries. Includes specialist ferns (Fernatix), Alpines (D'Arcy Everest) and perennials (Plant Heritage).

Pop-up Garden Museum, 1-5pm
An opportunity to explore the Garden's history in this display of rarely-seen objects and artefacts from the Garden's Cory Library and Archive.

Around the Fringe
Throughout the day musical entertainment will be provided by Kelly & Woolley (Cajun session), Thursday's Band (a bit of Folk with a dash of Country and a splash of Rock), John Hinton (as above), and Cambridge Morris Men. The Garden Cafe will be providing fresh food with additional refreshments from Caffe Mobile, Jack's Gelato, Wandering Yak and Steak & Honour.

Click on the left hand link under 'downloads' to see the map of the Garden showing what is taking place plus a full list of free tours and drop-in talks. Please note places are limted on tours and we advise booking a place as soon as you arrive.

Festival of Plants is kindly supported by The Sainsbury Laboratory and CambPlants, University of Cambridge
Booking Details
Normal Garden Admission applies.
Admission tickets will be available in May to buy in advance from either ticket office to avoid queuing on the day.
Contact Details
01223 336265
Event Category
All Events