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A Conversation with Sally Petitt

Visit the cosy setting of the University Arms Library at 7pm on Wednesday 12th October where guests can meet Sally Petitt, Head of Horticulture at Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

  • 12th October 2022 - 12th October 2022
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As CUBG’s Head of Horticulture, Sally is responsible for overseeing the Garden’s horticultural team of 18 permanent staff who are responsible for looking after over 8,000 plant species from around the world, across the Garden’s 40 acres of landscaped gardens in the centre of Cambridge.

Sally also oversees the Garden’s accredited annual trainee programme, the Cambridge Certificate in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship and its six trainees.

As one of the Garden’s senior members of staff, Sally has input into wider Botanic Garden management, and she often shares her knowledge leading Garden tours, giving talks and acting as a spokesperson for the Garden in the media.

Sally began her horticultural career in the Botanic Garden in 1988 as a Trainee and during her time at the Garden has worked in many areas and developed an extensive horticultural knowledge, participated in botanical expeditions and projects. She also serves on a number of horticultural committees outside the Garden.

Supporting leading scientific research and welcoming over 300,000 visitors a year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden is one of the largest University-owned botanic gardens in the world. The Garden’s living plant collection of over 8,000 species is spread across 40 acres of landscaped gardens. The collection, which includes iconic and endangered trees and plants, supports University research towards meeting many of the world’s greatest future challenges (such as food security, climate change and medicine). The Garden also inspires schools, the local community and visitors from around the world about the importance of plants and plant science, horticulture and the joy of gardening.

The event is free. All are welcome. Please RSVP to events@universityarms.com


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Fitness Centre
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

Forming part of St John’s College, The Bridge of Sighs is one of Cambridge’s most famous landmarks. It shares little with its Venetian namesake, but this Gothic Revival style structure is a beauty in its own right, best admired by punt.