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Friends of the Garden

A Friend photographs the Garden

The "Friends of the Garden" organisation was established in 1982 to support the work, and to encourage the wider appreciation, of Durham University Botanic Garden. This is a group of like-minded individuals whose interests may be as varied as botany, artwork or wildlife, but all of whom share a passion for the Botanic Garden.

Friends arrange a series of activities throughout the year, including lectures, social functions and visits to other notable gardens. Details of these are included in our programme and listed below. In order to raise money for the Garden, Friends have plant and produce sales in the Spring.

There is also an exclusive guided tour of the Garden arranged for Friends at 10.00am on the last Wednesday of each month (excepting November, December, January and February). After the tour coffee and biscuits are served, for which the Friends are asked to donate £1.00 to Garden funds.

The patron of Friends of the Garden is Sir Thomas Allen, Chancellor of Durham University.

Email: Membership Secretary


Membership Costs

The annual membership costs for Friends of the Garden are as follows:







Two or more Students/Children


All Memberships include unlimited, free admission to the Botanic Garden throughout the year.

How to Join?

You can pick up a Membership Form at the Botanic Garden, or download this Membership Form, to complete.

Please email your completed Membership Form to our Head Gardener, Mike Hughes, or return a hard copy to the Botanic Garden itself.

For any questions about Friends of the Garden, or to contact the organisation’s Chair, please contact Mike Hughes.

Programme for 2018

The programme below lists Friends’ events for the coming year. Please check back regularly for updates.

All lectures, unless stated, are in the Visitors' Centre at the Botanic Garden at 7.30pm.

How to Find Us


Hollingside Lane, South Road, Durham DH1 3TN


(+44) (0)191 334 2887



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