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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Friends of the Botanical Gardens

Since forming in 1984, the Friends of the Botanical Gardens Sheffield (FOBS for short) have played an instrumental role in keeping one of the city's most beautiful outdoor spaces, well, beautiful.

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens first opened in 1836. By the time FOBS got together nearly a hundred and fifty years later, the once glorious gardens were declining in areas. FOBS joined with others to help secure funding for restoration work. And since the gardens reopened in 2008, they’ve been contributing to its upkeep, putting on educational activities, workshops and fairs, and hosting a programme of public talks relating to the art and heritage of all things horticulture.

Join FOBS for their spring–summer 2021 season of talks, currently taking place online. Scroll down for upcoming events.

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

Tue. 20 April 2021

Find out about how The Hepworth gallery transformed an unused piece of land into a beautiful new public space. The garden's Cultural Gardener Katy Merrington will speak at this online talk hosted by Friends of the Botanical Gardens.

Working in Historic Gardens: moving on or keeping it original

Tue. 11 May 2021

Environmental horticulturalist Pilar Medrano Dell addresses the question of whether to restore historic gardens back to their original inception, or to go for a more contemporary take. She'll also look at the emotional effect horticulture has on us.

Planning an Education Future for the Botanical Gardens

Tue. 25 May 2021

Project development officer Nicola Thorpe will share the plans for the new education and engagement project at the Botanical Gardens.

The Meditation Garden: for health, happiness and spiritual wellbeing

Tue. 15 June 2021

Alan Clements is the creator of the Cascades meditation garden near Matlock. Here, he will explore the question: why do we garden? He'll look at our interest in gardening and the satisfaction that we can get from creating a natural sacred space.

A Beautiful Obsession: a plantsman’s journey in his own garden

Tue. 6 July 2021

Jimi Blake recounts the creation of Hunting Brook Gardens in Ireland – five acres of amazing botanical gardens and fifteen acres of wonderful woodland gardens and valley.

Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse: Georgian rivals united through 21st-century restoration and public access

Tue. 20 July 2021

Explore the bitter family rivalry that lead to the establishment, just six miles apart, of two major country estates not far from Sheffield. And find out how they're being united and restored for the public today.