Jays are common in the Garden. Photo by Bob Hall.Jays are common in the Garden. Photo by Bob Hall.

Friends’ Events

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.
2014 events included a residential trip to the Gardens of Italy, visits to Chartwell House & Garden and Emmetts Garden, Scotney Castle and Great Dixter House & Gardens, Elton Hall & Gardens and RHS Garden at Wisley. Events included an 'Evening Highlights' tour for Friends and Guests, a specialist 'Gardening for Drought' tour and a tour of the University Herbarium.

The 2014 Annual Lecture will take place on Monday 10 November at Queen's College with Botanist and Orchid specialist Professor Richard Bateman as guest speaker. Pre-booking required.

In 2013 there were tours of the Botanic Garden 'Alpine' yard (behind the scenes), early morning bird walks, and an evening with Penhaligon's Perfumiers. A residential trip to the Gardens of Cornwall took place in May 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 in November at Robinson College. 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 and 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 friends@botanic.cam.ac.uk