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Understanding Plants: how they tell the time and how they decide to branch
Exciting changes are afoot in an area of the Botanic 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.
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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.
The Garden is closed due to high winds
Please note that the Botanic Garden is currently closed, on Easter Monday. We have had to delay opening due to Storm Katie.
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!
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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.
Sainsbury Laboratory wins 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize
The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University, an independent plant science research institute situated at the heart of the Botanic Garden, confounds the predictions of culture pundits to win the Stirling Prize, the highest accolade in UK architecture.
Nonsense Botany on National Poetry Day
We look back at a great creative summer project inspired by Edward Lear's nonsense plants, when a group of young carers from Centre 33 came to write poetry and get creative
The Man Yang Tree: a new common name for Emmenopterys?
Peter, aged 12, great great nephew of plant hunter Augustine Henry, comes up with common name for tongue-twister tree
On your marks, get set, it's Summer at the Museums!
Museums and collections across Cambridge are bringing adventure and creativity to the holidays!
Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University is shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize
Deisgned by Stanton Williams, this plant science research laboratory is situated at the heart of the Botanic Garden.
Running wild: the grass maze re-opens
Just in time for the summer holidays, the demonstration and display team have got the re-planted grass maze sufficiently established to re-open the Garden's most popular 'letting off steam' feature!
Meadow flowers come into bloom
This year we have been experimenting with different meadow mixes, with spectacular results.
Gnawa Yinga open the Sounds Green concerts
The sacred songs and rhythms of Morocco and Burkina Faso will be bringing some musical sunshine to the Botanic Garden at the first Sounds Green cushion concert tomorrow, Wednesday 4 July 2012.
Sounds Green at the Garden
The Cambridge Summer Music Festival brings some sizzling summer music to the Botanic Garden’s evening openings this July. Line up announced....
Queen congratulates local team at the Chelsea Flower Show
A Cambridge collaboration including staff from the Garden has won a prestigious Silver Gilt Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show for an educational display for The Royal College of Pathologists.
Urban greening: not to be sneezed at
A collaboration including leading local plant nursery, Scotsdales, and the Botanic Garden will put the spotlight on pollen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year in a display created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Pathologists.
Moving the Millstone
A tribute to Botanic Garden staff rolls around the Garden!
Training the trainers
Twenty people who shape the way that plant science is taught in the classroom joined Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) for two days recently in the impressive surroundings of the Sainsbury Laboratory and the Botanic Garden.
Iridescence in plants: a shining example of research
Winner of a L'Oreal/UNESCO 'Women in Science' Award, Dr Heather Whitney reflects on the research inspired by a Hibiscus on the Systematic Beds.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden celebrates milestone in visitor numbers
In the last decade, annual visitor numbers to the Eastern region’s only botanic garden have more than doubled, and in November passed 200,000 for the first time in the Garden’s 165 year history.
Friends' Membership: the perfect Christmas present for a garden-lover
Emma Daintrey, Outreach Administrator, will be pleased to receive applications for gift memberships up until 4 December.
Bioblitz 2011 Species List published
In collaboration with the University Museum of Zoology and conservation partners, the Botanic Garden underwent a Bioblitz earlier this year, during which experts and the visiting public joined forces to log the wildlife discovered in a 24 hour period.
Sainsbury Laboratory judged 'Best Learning Building'.
Architects of the Sainsbury Laboratory, Stanton Williams, enjoy success at the World Architecture Festival Awards 2011.
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