United Kingdom

National Coordinators
Geraint Parry
GARNet coordinator and Chair of the UK Plant Science Federation
Fascination of Plants Day

The fifth international “Fascination of Plants Day” will be launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.

Downloads
May 25
May 25
11:00
16:00
Plant Power
Plant Power in Dundee
Dundee Botanic Garden, University of Dundee, Riverside Drive 2, DD2 1QH, Dundee
All
Outdoor
openday handsonactivities

Plant Power in Dundee is an annual free event held at the Botanic Gardens to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day. This event is a combined effort of the Dundee Botanic Garden, Plant Sciences University of Dundee, and the James Hutton Institute. This year’s event will feature craft activities, facepainting, science workshops from researchers at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute, birds of prey, beekeepers, a plant sale from the Friends of the Botanic Garden and much more.

University of Dundee
Plant Sciences, based at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, DD2 5DA
Jorunn Bos
[email protected]
May 18
May 18
10:00
17:00
Festival of Plants
Festival of Plants
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
All
Outdoor
openday handsonactivities guidedtour

Celebrating the wonder of plants within Cambridge University’s 40 acre Botanic Garden.  Festival of Plants includes Pop-up Plant Science marquee, Plant Fair, Garden Tours, Talking Plants tent, Ask the Gardener, family activities, live music, food trucks.

Normal Garden Admission applies

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE
https://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/
Wendy Godfrey
[email protected]
May 18
May 18
09:00
19:00
Fascination of Plants Day UK
Fascination of Plants Day UK
All
Indoor
openday handsonactivities guidedtour presentation seminar exhibition arts
May 15
May 15
10:00
15:00
Why are plants smelly?
Why are plants smelly?
University of Reading
Students
Indoor
handsonactivities

Following from our first successful “Why are plants smelly?” event for British Science Week (10th March 2019) “Why are plants smelly 2” is our primary schools outreach event for the International Fascination of Plants Day.  We invite primary schools’ science groups to the University of Reading campus to join scientists from the School of Biological Sciences and the school of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences to ask: “Why is it that some plants smell so nice and sweet while others are really quite grossly stinky?!”  There will be a range of activities both in the laboratory and outside on the University of Reading’s prize-winning green campus. School groups will examine the different ways in which plants try to attract other organisms (e.g. pollinating bees and hoverflies) while doing their best to repel others such as insect herbivores intent on eating them! We guarantee you will leave looking at plants in a totally new way!

University ofReading
Harborne Building, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6UR
https://research.reading.ac.uk/botany/
Dr Jonathan Mitchley
[email protected]
May 11
May 11
12:00
16:00
Plant Power
Plant Power
Leiden Square, Westgate Oxford, Castle St, Oxford OX1 1NZ
All
Indoor
handsonactivities

How essential are plants to you? Probably more than you ever realised! Meet some of the world’s rarest plants and raid our food fridge to find something you’d like to plant and grow. Drop-in anytime between 12 and 4pm, try our challenges and have a go at our make-and-take activities. Find out more about science behind-the-scenes by chatting with our researchers.

Activities for the whole family brought to you by the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum and Department of Plant Sciences.

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, The University of Oxford
Rose Lane, Oxford, OX1 4AZ
http://www.obga.ox.ac.uk
The Education Team, Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum
[email protected]