Sunday, 8 March 2020

Plant of the Month March 2020

Garrya elliptica

Garrya elliptica, the coast silk-tassel, silk tassel bush or wavyleaf silktassel, is a species of flowering plant in the family Garryaceae, native to the coastal ranges of California and southern Oregon. It is an erect, bushy, evergreen shrub reaching a height of 2–5 m (7–16 ft). The unique characteristics of Garrya elliptica are its waxy convex leaves with wavy leaf margins, coupled with dense individual hairs on the leaf undersides that are scarcely distinguishable with a hand lens. Its leaf blades are 6–8 cm (2.4–3.1 in) in length, and the petioles range in length from 6-12 mm.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

New Year Fun Run 2020

Registration for this event has now closed.

On Thursday 2nd January at 11am and until 1pm there will be a 5k fun run around the paths of the University Botanic Garden to get yourself in shape for the New Year. The event caters for all ages and ambitions, just walk or break the record! Your reward, as well as a good time, will include seasonal refreshments in the education centre at the end of the run.

As of today (1st Jan) the weather on the 2nd is expected to be cool and largely cloudy, with a fresh wind from the south west.

Best wishes for the festive season,
The Friends’ Committee.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Summer holiday rock search!

The holidays are nearly here. Come on down and try our Summer Holiday Rock Search. There are map sheets, clipboards and pencils at Reception. And this time the rocks stay where you find them - no need to re-hide! The theme is birds, bees, and butterflies.
Normal entrance charges to the Garden apply. But we're very sorry no dogs are allowed in the Garden.

Between Mon 1st July and Fri 30th August, Monday to Friday only, the Garden will remain open until 8.30pm.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Friends plant sale Saturday 25th May from 11am.

Come along and buy some plants as well as enjoying other events in the Garden as part of Plant Power Day. Free entry and lots of activities for the whole family.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Plant of the Month April 2019

Corylopsis spicata (Winter hazel)

Family:  Hamamelidaceae
Origin: Japan
Location: Asian Plants
Accession: 1975

Corylopsis spicata is in the Witch Hazel family, a deciduous shrub up to 2m in height and 3m wide, native to Japan. The racemes of bell-shaped scented pale yellow flowers with red anthers are borne on bare stems in late winter and early spring. The alternate, broadly ovate, leaves are bristled with toothed edges, blue-green underneath and bright-green above. Leaf buds change from dark-red to dark green as the leaves emerge. It prefers moist, well-drained, acid soil and a sheltered site with partial shade.