Botanic Garden at the Festival of Ideas

The Botanic Garden shares skills and projects at the University's Festival of Ideas this October
Lily the Garden angel discovers what is behind The Magic Brick TreeLily the Garden angel discovers what is behind The Magic Brick Tree
The Garden's contribution begins on Tuesday 18 October, 7:30pm, when our Head of Education invites you to enjoy a relaxed introduction to the world of botany. You'll consider the basic plant parts, learn about the structure of flowers, and the process of pollination. You'll even discover that sometimes, a fruit is not actually a fruit! This event, at the Ross Street Community Centre is suitable for complete beginners to botany.

Also during the Festival of Ideas, we will be launching a really special book, The Magic Brick Tree, created by Cambridge-based young carers from Centre 33. The children, who all provide significant care to another family member, worked alongside artist, Alex Hirtzel and storyteller, Marion Leeper to become story detectives and coax the stories from the trees.

With fabulous support from graphic design company, CantellDay and pro bono publishing from Cambridge University Press, this beautiful book will be launched at Heffers Book Store on Trinity Street on Thrusday 20 October, 6.30-7.30pm.

If inspired by the Magic Brick Tree, the next day you can come and join in Drawing Together alongside the students of Rowan as they use University museum collections to inspire new art work. No experience is necessary to participate and the Botanic Garden session runs from 10.30am - 2.30pm on Friday 21 October.

On Saturday 22 October, the Garden's Head of Department, Professor Sir David Baulcombe, Regius Professor of Botany will be asking Is the Future of Food GM? David Nally, Department of Geography and the chair, Jack Stilgoe, University of Exeter join in the debate hosted by the Faculty of Lawn, West Road.

All these events are free. You should book your place in advance by following the links left.
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