The Friends run a varied programme of events throughout the year from one-day tours of great gardens in England to residential tours to more far flung places, from seasonal talks and lectures to relaxed social events at the Garden.
In 2013 Friends enjoyed tours of the Botanic Garden 'Alpine' yard area (behind the scenes), early morning bird walks in the company of an expert ornithologist followed by breakfast in the Garden Cafe and an evening with Penhaligon's Perfumiers. In May Friends enjoyed a residential trip to the Gardens of Cornwall and other summer outings included trips to Rousham House & Garden and Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire, Felbrigg Hall & Peter Beales Roses in Norfolk, Hever Castle & Garden with Merriments Garden & Nursery and East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens.
The 2013 Annual Lecture took place on 14 November at Robinson College. This year Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, talked about 'Good planting - designing with plants'.
2012 excursions included a residential trip to 'Floriade' and the Dutch bulbfields, day trips to gardens at Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Cottesbrooke Hall, Kelmarsh Hall, Coton Manor, Marks Hall and Beth Chatto. Events included a delightful garden party to celebrate 30 years of the Friends in May, 'Trees for small and medium sized gardens' tours, the Friends Annual Lecture, 'Thinking like a vegetable - how plants decide what to do' with Professor Ottoline Leyser, Director Sainsbury Laboratory.
For details of these outings or tours please contact the Outreach Office. Note: Tours are available to current Friends of the Botanic Garden only.
Outreach Office: 01223 336271 firstname.lastname@example.org