What's On arrow

Student Poetry Trail at the Botanic Garden (Cambridge Festival)

Embark on the enchanting Student Poetry Trail at the Botanic Garden. Discover the hidden voices of plants through poetry!

  • 13th March 2024 - 27th March 2024
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Did you know that the word ‘posey’ means both ‘a little flower’ and ‘a little poem’? Explore the Botanic Garden in this self-guided trail and see how many poems you can spot. Student writers have joined with the Garden to give a voice to plants that people tend to walk past or overlook. Each little poem serves as a new kind of label, speaking to those of us who don’t understand much from a Latin scientific name alone. There is a link on the poem label that invites the reader to reply with their own poems. Close observation and scientific exploration are two ways to delve into the mysteries of plants. Words are another: poetry bridges the gap between what can be seen and measured, and what we feel and intuit in our encounters with plants.

This project is part of the Cambridge Festival Student Creative Team, an initiative to encourage collaboration across Cambridge, involving more students in the festival, and encouraging creativity and public engagement.


  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Restaurant
  • wheelchair access

Accessibility Facilities

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

Did you know?

Not many pubs can claim to have served a man a pint just after he’d discovered the secret of life itself, but The Eagle can! It was in this city centre pub that scientists Francis Crick and James Watson announced their discovery of DNA in the 1953.