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Snow in the botanic gardens

University of Leicester Botanic Garden in the Snow
University of Leicester Botanic Garden in the Snow

Since every newspaper in the UK is featuring pages of pictures of the snow, I thought I would add some from the Botanic Gardens of the University of Leicester. After unseasonably warm, spring-like weather, the bulbs were growing and birds singing last week. Now an unusual 15cm/6″ of snow has fallen in 24 hours, and is forecast to remain for several days. So for those nearby, it’s your chance to visit the gardens; for others, here are some pictures largely without words.

The Botanic Gardens are about 2 miles/3km from the Leicester city centre and main University site, and occupy about 6ha/16acres. The were founded by bringing together the gardens of four large houses, now student residences and conference centres. The mission of the Gardens is to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants with a diverse collection underpinned by and underpinning botanical research. There are National Collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and (one I’m personally less proud of …) Lawson’s Cypress.

Catkins
Catkins
Sculpture next to the pond
Sculpture next to the pond
Not trees ... but ice in the ornamental pond
Not trees … but ice in the ornamental pond

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Some new visitors: I hope they were counted correctly
Some new visitors: I hope they were counted correctly
Formal gardens in snow
Formal gardens in snow
Poly the Bioline molecular biology bear with friend pet makes a trip out of the lab freezer
Poly the Bioline molecular biology bear, with friend Pet, makes a trip out of the lab freezer
The Knoll, one of the four houses in the gardens
The Knoll, one of the four houses in the gardens
The Knoll house in the Botanic Gardens
The Knoll house in the Botanic Gardens
Snow weighing down branches
Snow weighing down branches
culptures in the botanic gardens - is it Pan?
Sculptures in the botanic gardens – is it Pan?
My bananas in the lit research greenhouse - keeping a bit warmer
My bananas in the lit research greenhouse – keeping a bit warmer
Snow face
Snow face
Building an igloo
Building an igloo
A restful bench awaiting spring
A restful bench awaiting spring
Snow and branches
Snow and branches

Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison

Pat Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester. He is also Chief Editor of Annals of Botany.

1 comment

  • This is a beautiful place of Leicester and very good to think and relax. Also you can enjoy very taste cakes and tea. I had the opportunity to see this place during the Spring of 2011. It was very, very, colorful, bright and vibrant. But I can imagine how beautiful it is now! I would like be there to enjoy this charming white Botanic Garden. Thanks Pat for share pictures with us!

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