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Orchids 2017: Another India, opens at the Garden
Step out of the cold into the welcoming warmth of the Garden’s Glasshouses as they are transformed into a technicoloured tapestry of vibrant displays to celebrate the plants and culture of South Asia.
How to care for orchids
Alex Summers, our Glasshouse Supervisor provides an insight into looking after these enigmatic, exotic delights.
‘Glue’ that makes plant cell walls strong could hold the key to wooden skyscrapers
Plants from the Botanic Garden assist new research which may hold the key to building wooden skyscrapers.
The Systematic Beds: keeping heritage, science and horticulture in balance
Work has begun this autumn to renovate the plantings on our unique Systematic Beds, part of the Understanding Plant Diversity project supported by The Monument Trust.
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The Garden is closed due to storm Doris Thursday 23 February 2017
We have had to delay opening due to Storm Doris, and will now remain closed for the rest of the day.
January blogpost: landscape, lawns, machines and overalls!
December blogpost: working on the Alpine and Woodland section
This month, trainee Robert Bradshaw blogs about the delicate details of plant growth and his observations while working on the Alpine and Woodland section, alongside Paul Aston, Section Supervisor and his Assistant Simon Wallis.
Trainee blogpost: November Planning and Propagation
Garden closure over Christmas
Alex in Vietnam - blogpost
A series of blogs from northern Vietnam, following a collaborative three week expedition between four UK botanic gardens (RBGE, Kew, Glasgow and Cambridge University) and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR), Hanoi.
Trainee blogpost: October Autumn Glory
This month, it’s all about autumn colour. Trainee Will Greenfield, blogs about his busy month working on the Trees and Shrubs section alongside Mark Crouch, Section Supervisor and Deputy Head of Horticulture, and his Assistant Ian Barker
Blogpost 4 from Vietnam - Nhiu Co San – ‘the mountain in the cloud’
25th – 28th October
Blogpost 3 from Vietnam - to the heights of Fansipan
20th – 23rd Oct 2016
Vietnam blogpost 2: Heading north from Hanoi
18 & 19 October 2016
Blogpost 1 from Vietnam
Monday 17 October 2016 Chao Ban!
Sylvia’s Library opens in the Garden Café.
The Garden has a new library to share with its visitors. Sylvia’s Library, located in the Garden Café, has been created in celebration of the life of Sylvia Norton, one of the Garden’s longest serving volunteers, who passed away in December 2015.
Meet the trainees
September at the Garden means a new intake of horticultural trainees. Here we meet them and find out more about where they're from and their hopes for the future.
Telling the time: what makes the plant clock tick?
A section of our new Understanding Plants area demonstrates how plants tell the time and why...
Botanic Garden abuzz as latest research is revealed
The Botanic Garden is abuzz, as latest research taking place in the experimental glasshouses has revealed that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) attracts bumblebees to infected plants by changing their scent.
Understanding Plants: how they tell the time and how they decide to branch
Alison Murray, Interpretation Associate in our Education Department writes about the new Understanding Plants area in the Garden
New Head of Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Dan Jenkins has been appointed Head of the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP), based at Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
Biophotovoltaic Shelter’s Award winner shares award with Botanic Garden
Dr Paolo Bombelli, has been announced as one of the winners of the Inaugural Impact and Public Engagement with Research Awards for his Biophotovoltaic Shelter.
Merry Month of May as Garden records busiest May ever
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden has recorded its busiest-ever May, with 32,835 visitors enjoying the Garden, despite the mixed weather.
Sounds Green 2016 programme announced
The Cambridge Summer Music Festival brings four new acts to the Botanic Garden each Wednesday in July
Botanic Garden’s Ferns on show at Chelsea
A ‘select few’ ferns from the Garden’s collection have been carefully wrapped and dispatched to London, ready for showtime at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Our species of tulips are in flower
Sally Petitt, Head of Horticulture writes about the Garden's National Collection of species tulips.
Join us for our 'Science on Sundays' talks
Our seasonal series of talks aims to bring the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
Disabled Access Day 2016
Saturday March 12, 10-5pm
Going back to Botanic Roots
The University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden raises rare and endangered plants as exhibits in the opening Conflicted Seeds + Spirit art exhibition taking place at the University’s new iconic David Attenborough Building.
Calling kids to come and be plant hunters at the Botanic Garden
The Garden has launched an exciting new plant hunter trail for children.
The Orchid Hunters feature in Cambridge Magazine
Cambridge Magazine's feature writer Lisa Millard visits the Garden's Orchid Festival to find out about the history of the orchid and discover about the Garden's work to conserve the rare fen orchid.
Cambridge Science Festival Spotlight on Beverley Glover
Cambridge's ever-popular Science Festival – an annual extravaganza of more than 300 events debates, demonstrations, performances and talks over two weeks begins on 7 March.
Flowers tone down the iridescence of their petals and avoid confusing bees
The Botanic Garden’s Director, Professor Beverley Glover’s latest research shows that flowers’ iridescent petals, which may look plain to human eyes, are perfectly tailored to a bee’s-eye-view.
The Garden's Glasshouse Supervisor Alex Summers explains where the chocolate from our Easter eggs comes from.
‘Marry Me Monday’
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is offering free admission on Monday 29th February in honour of Leap day this year.
Smell the coffee (plants)
Nature's calendar: the Naked Scientists investigate how plants tell the time....
The Orchid Hunters opens 13 February in the Glasshouse Range
This year, the orchid displays in the Glasshouse Range will focus on the Victorian plant hunters, the perils encountered, the prize orchids bagged, and their lasting legacy in law. Orchid Hunters runs from Saturday 13 February – Sunday 13 March 2016.
A new thermal imaging timelapse shows how 'Tiny' heats up to stink out the Glasshouse Range
Investigating iridescence: BBC4's Colour series comes to the Garden
BBC4's current series on Colour, presented by Dr Helen Czerski, came to the Garden to talk to Professor Beverley Glover about how and why some plants produce iridescent flowers
The Garden will not open at 10am today due to the high winds
We have been recording gusts of over 50mph this morning, triggering closure of the Garden
New IntoBiology website launched to encourage 14-21yr olds into plant science
See plant science as never before with a new IntoBiology film promoting the world-changing role plant scientists can play.
Changing the world one seed at a time: #nextgreatidea film explains all...
A flower seed mix designed with added science from Garden Director, Beverley Glover, is one of six world changing ideas featured in a new 90 second film launched today by Cambridge Enterprise.
The Garden's Director, Professor Beverley Glover, has been in the media talking flowers for bees
Around the World
Forget the long airport queues and boring flights, you can see plants from all around the world in just one day at the BG.
Titan Arum opens!
The titan arum has opened, revealing its crimson interior to the delight of visitors.
Plans are in place, but it feels like a titanic wait....
The guessing game goes on at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as staff continue their twice daily inspection of the titan arum for clues as to when it might finally come into flower.
A rare stink is coming...
Our titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum, is preparing to flower.
Solving the genetic origin of beetroot pigmentation
All land plants are pigmented by flavonoids and their anthocyanin derivatives, with one exception. In the order Caryophyllales, which contains the colourful beetroot, anthocyanins have been replaced with a pigment type called betalains.
New Curator of CUBG named
Dr Samuel Brockington has been named as the new Curator of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and will take up the post in May.
Join in the Great Plant Pattern Hunt
Find the magic, find the Lindt Gold Bunny at the Botanic Garden this Easter holiday.
Hop down to the Botanic Garden in Cambridge this spring to join in the hunt for the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny and discover the magic of Easter.
Trapping the light fantastic: the P2P launches today
A low-impact hub hosted at the Botanic Garden, the P2P generates electrical current from pure plant power.
Celebrating record visitor numbers at attractions in and around Cambridge
Great Days Out In & Around Cambridge (GDO) is a consortium of visitor attractions including the Botanic Garden and other historic gardens, stately homes, museums, nature and wildlife reserves and other local destinations within an hour of Cambridge.
Garden's Director joins the Board of Trustees at RBG Edinburgh
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment in Scotland has announced the appointment of the Director of the Cambridge University Botnic Garden, Professor Beverley Glover, as a Trustee of the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Withstanding the cold: snowdrops
Snowdrops are springing up all over the Garden: find out how they survive the winter
Share your love of the Garden this Christmas
We have some novel ideas for Christmas presents this year!
Garden closure over Christmas
Please note that the Garden is closed for the Christmas holidays from 4pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014 and will re-open at 10am on Friday 2 January 2015.
Student competition winners join us for an afternoon of plant science
Oxygen tanks powered by photosynthesis, cacti that pump pure water out of the desert, and flowers that kill malaria-carrying parasites - just a few of the inventions that pupils submitted to the first PlantPowerED Student Challenge.
Giants of the Garden: go googly eyed as you make a wand on our new tree trail
In this Botanic Garden live six magical giant trees that hold the secret of wand making and each of these trees has something special to tell you...
Silly songs of six trees and a waterlily
Performance artist, John Hinton, will be pictching his tent at the Garden today where he'll be singing songs of six trees and a waterlily!
Tweet up to tell the story of the Garden for Curating Cambridge
As part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, a five week festival beginning on 20 October, we are inviting everyone to indulge in some coffee cup curation and help us co-author what the Garden means to its visitors today.
Snail mail for Radio 4
Helen Scales slows down to track snails at the Botanic Garden for Inside Science, to be broadcast at 4.30pm on Radio 4 this Thursday 9 October, 2014
Gardening supports: a Perennial partnership for horticultural training
This September's intake to the Certificate in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship has seen an extra trainee join the scheme, boosting the student number to seven thanks to a new funding partnership with Perennial.
Taking care of collections: new Curator sought
We are pleased to announce that we are now able to recruit for the position of University Lecturer/Curator for the Botanic Garden
Petal Power at the Big Weekend this Saturday
The team are on tour for Le Tour this Saturday, taking the first Saturday family fun activity to Parker's Piece for the Big Weekend.
Write into December
We are delighted that Kate Swindlehurst has extended her writer-in-residence work at the Botanic Garden until the end of the year.
Sounds Green picnic proms this July
The Garden will be staying open late on July Wednesdays for visitors to discover the magic of the early evening glasshouses and gardens, with music from the Cambridge Summer Music Festival.
Special notice: the Botanic Garden will be closed on Monday 7 July 2014
With the Tour de France cycling into town, the University of Cambridge has declared Monday 7 July as a non-working day in order that all employees have the opportunity to enjoy the race with friends and family.
Annual Report 2012-2013
We have just published our annual review of the Garden's activities.
June evening wanders
Every Wednesday in June, the Garden will stay open late until 8pm to make the most of the light evenings.
Discoveries: art, science and exploration
An edited selection from Discoveries, a major exhibition that brought together 8 collections from the University of Cambridge for a London showing, is coming home to Cambridge for a spell at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Summer half-term - what's on for families
There's lots to see and do this half-term!
Festival of Plants lectures on food security and zero hunger at the Sainsbury Laboratory
The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University is hosting two public lectures in its beautiful auditorium as part of Festival of Plants - your chance to join the debate on genetic modification and food security.
From Rainforest to Botanic Garden
Writhlington School pupils win first prize in the Finals of the National Science Competition at the NEC.
Thoughts from the Garden
Writer-in-resident Kate Swindlehurst will be in conversation with the Garden's Juilet Day at Words in Walden, this Sunday 16 March
Station Road developments
On Monday 10 March, we begin work on installing new railings and gates at the Station Road entrance, requiring its temporary closure.
Award to clean up Captain Fryatt
The Garden has received an award from the Brother UK bursary scheme, set up by Plant Heritage to support National Collection holders in their conservation work.
February Orchid Festival
From 3 - 28 February, the Glasshouse Range will be packed with stunning orchids in a celebration of their exotic beauty, deceptive lures and amazing adaptations
Understanding Flowers and Flowering
Director of the Garden, Professor Beverley Glover, has fully revised her graduate level textbook on all aspects of flowering biology for this OUP Second Edition.
Curator, Dr Tim Upson, to head up horticulture at the RHS
Dr Tim Upson, Curator at the Garden for 17 years, will be leaving this March to joining the Royal Horticultural Society as their Director of Horticulture.
Voicing the Garden goes live at the Picturehouse premieres
The Botanic Garden’s year-long oral history project, Voicing the Garden, celebrated the launch of the project website with a special screening of archive and new films at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Last chance Victoria; long live Victoria
Winter break for the new Tropical Wetlands House, last chance to see this year's giant lily this weekend
The Garden has now re-opened!
Gift admission tickets
Autumn tree work
The Trees and Shrubs team are managing a major programme of tree work this autumn to ensure the quality and longevity of our magnificent tree collection
University of Cambridge Museums visitor research initiative
Hooked on Plants
Creative crochet puts a new perspective on the collections in a Glasshouse Range installation for Festival of Ideas.
The Glasshouse Range will be closed on Wednesday 23 October
The Glasshouse Range will be closed to the public on Wednesday 23 October 2013 (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW NEW DATE DUE TO TOTAL DIARY MALFUNCTION) so that we can undertake a full clean-up spray as part of our integrated pest management programme.
Could you help tell the story of the Garden?
Botanic Garden staff are calling for help with a heritage project, urging visitors to rifle through cupboards and shoeboxes for any archive home movies of visits to the Garden that could throw new light on its history.
My Museum Favourite: what did the Garden staff pick?
Staff across the University's museums collections have been asked to pick their favourite object, picture or plant for a new trail celebrating Open Cambridge, which runs until the end of the month.
First year meadow colour
The new perennial meadow occupying the semi-circle to the east of Cory Lodge is already providing some fantastic late summer colour, even its first year of sowing.
Ravishing Rubber from the Naked Scientists
Their budget patently did not extend to location filming of a rubber plantation, so for their new YouTube film, the Naked Scientists instead paid a visit to the Garden's tropical collections to talk to Glasshouse Supervisor, Alex Summers.
Annual Report 2011-2012 now available
The Botanic Garden has published its latest Annual Report for the period 1 October 2011 - 30 September 2012
The waterlily honeytrap
The giant Santa Cruz waterlily is coming into flower, bringing a tale of subterfuge, sex change and entrapment
The finale: an invitation to cross the threshold
As we celebrate the Thresholds poets-in-residence project at a finale party at the Fitzwilliam Museum tonight, Dr Judy Fox reflects on the processes and revelations of Ann Gray's residency at the Botanic Garden.
Free spring into summer tours every Sunday
Join a free afternoon taster tour on Sundays at 3pm
The Winter Garden opens the new series of BBC Gardeners' World this Friday
Presenter Rachel de Thame discovers the in-form plants of the Winter Garden in the company of Curator, Dr Tim Upson.
Learn to garden at the Garden
Coming up this spring are some brilliant beginner courses with our horticultural experts.
A modern meadow mix for Cory Lodge
James Hitchmough, celebrated for his annual meadows for the London 2012 Olympic Park, has designed our newly-sown, drought-tolerant perennial meadow.
Dr Beverley Glover: new Director of the Botanic Garden
Dr Beverley Glover has been named as the new Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Dr Glover will take up the post, and the associated Professorship of Plant Systematics and Evolution to which she has been elected, in July 2013.
Wettest year since records began, but the visitors were undeterred.
All we got for Christmas was... 800mm (and more) annual rainfall!
Voicing the Garden: the Garden celebrates an All Our Stories award from the HLF
The Garden is celebrating a £9,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to unearth the stories of the people behind the plants.
What's On 2013: booking now open
Our new and truly exciting brochure of courses and talks taking place in 2013 is now available at the ticket offices and to browse on-line via the link left.
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