Rumours are that a secret society of botanists has been operating in Cambridge for 300 years. Believed to be called the Order of the Golden Lily, membership is reserved for plant lovers only. For those daring enough to seek membership, pick up a trail booklet on your way into the Botanic Garden to find out more and to begin your adventure into the wonderful world of plants. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to become the newest member of this secret club? 

Join us in the Garden Room as we find out about the plants that were around at the time of dinosaurs. We’ll be examining plant fossils and using ferns and conifers from the Garden to make replica fossils using plaster of Paris.

Wardian cases are mini glasshouses that were used in the Victorian times to transport plants around the world. Join us in the Garden to create your own wardian case and plant up with seeds to grow at home.

Come along and have a go making a cyanotype, also known as a sun print. This method of recording plants was used by botanist, Anna Atkins, who was the first person to produce a book of photographs using this technique.

The Garden’s history has all mysteriously vanished from the trail map! Your challenge is to travel back in time to discover all the missing histories and make the map complete.  Simply pick up a free trail map from a Garden entrance to start your adventure.   

Build a bear skeleton and create your own vertebrate to take home! Plus have a go at our quiz in the Discovery Room. Museum entry FREE

Inspired our art installation, The Butterfly Effect, our hands-on activities help you discover incredible invertebrates that have lived throughout Earth's history. Add to our evolving art installation by making origami butterflies, and explore activities you can do at home to help protect local wildlife.

Inspired our art installation, The Butterfly Effect, our hands-on activities help you discover incredible invertebrates that have lived throughout Earth's history. Add to our evolving art installation by making origami butterflies, and explore activities you can do at home to help protect local wildlife.

Visit the Whipple museum to take part in a series of curious adventures.

Participants are invited to craft light rays on a twenty first century Newton themed orrery, sculpt with colour at 1/10th scale, explore the intricacies of RGB surface reflection and track the effect of sunlight on a light reactive sculptural work over the twelve hours of the Equinox.

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