Festival of Plants 2022
A fun-filled, fact-finding day out, celebrating the wonder of plants. There’s something for everyone to enjoy: from families to photographers, gardeners to budding plant scientists or anyone looking to spend an uplifting day in beautiful surroundings when the Garden is full of summer colour.
🌸 Listen to 10 minute, bite-size talks about a range of innovative plant-related topics
🌸 Take a free, themed guided tour
🌸 Meet University scientists at pop-up family-friendly interactive plant science stalls
🌸 Get expert garden advice from the ‘Ask-the-Gardener’ panel
🌸 Browse specialist plant stalls
🌸 Enjoy crafty children’s activities
🌸 Enjoy food from the Garden Cafe or the pop-up refreshment stalls, including Jack’s Gelato, Guerilla Kitchen and Caffe Mobile
🌸 Or simply picnic, relax and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere and live music in stunning surroundings
For more information visit the Festival of Plants page.
Sounds Green – every Wednesday evening in July, 6.15 – 8.30pm
Join us for an evening of live open-air music from Cambridge Summer Music every Wednesday evening in July.
Set on the Garden’s Main Lawn, visitors can relax and enjoy informal and fun performances with family and friends, on a (hopefully) warm and balmy evening.
🎵 Music begins at 6.15pm, lasting approximately one hour.
🎵 Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Garden until 8.30pm when the gates will close.
🎵 Picnics are welcome. Food and drink will be provided by The Garden Café and a different food truck each week, with ice cream from Jack’s Gelato.
🎵 Bring a rug or picnic chair and relax in beautiful surroundings to some stunning musical sounds!
For more information about each event, please go to the specific page:
Wednesday 6th July: Honey & the Bear
Wednesday 13th July: Prime Bass
Wednesday 20th July: Camilla George Quartet
Wednesday 27th July: Classico Latino
BioBlitz 2022 with the Museum of Zoology 24-25 June
Help us to find and identify as many species as possible at the Botanic Garden over a short period of time. Join a nature walk or workshop and help discover, identify and record the wonderful wild animals and plants of the Garden.
🐞 Bookable and drop in activities available including minibeast hunts, pond dipping, crafts and more.
🐞 Tickets are £5 which includes Garden entry.
🐞 More information can be found on the Bioblitz page.
Houseplant Sustainability Challenge
Join us for an exhibition about discovering sustainable practices within horticulture and what we as individuals can do to garden and grow more sustainably.
Come and take part in a simulated shopping challenge and discover how sustainable your plant shopping choices are! The shopping challenge focuses on houseplants with tips and advice on how to scale it up to selecting sustainable plants for gardens.
Visitors will find out:
🌱 What sustainable horticulture is
🌱 What peat is and why being peat-free is important
🌱 How sustainable cut flowers are
🌱 How to care for houseplants (or any plant) more sustainably
🌱 What to look out for when shopping for plants
Running all summer in the Education Hut, near the Station Road Entrance.
International Garden Photographer of the Year special competition
A free-to-enter competition themed ‘The Colours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden’ will be open to all adult visitors to the Garden and will run across the summer. The winners will have their work on display in the Garden in 2023, as part of the main IGPOTY exhibition.
The competition is open to adults over 18 and will run until 31 October this year, providing visitors the opportunity to capture the Garden over two of the most beautiful and changing seasons.
For more information visit the competition page and for all entry details visit the IGPOTY website.