Leicester University Botanic Garden spans 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying a wide variety of environments, including alpine, tropical, temperate and cactus houses. Outdoors there are rock gardens, a herb garden, a water garden and an arboretum. Included are the national collections of hardy fuchsia, skimmia, Lawson’s cypress and aubrieta. The formal planting centres around a restored Edwardian garden. The plant collections and landscape features make this garden one of the most diverse in the region. The water features are particularly pleasing and add character to the setting. Variety is the key to this garden’s strength. The grounds of 4 houses that are now used for student accommodation were merged to form the garden.