Plants That Changed the World picnic

12 August

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Of the hundreds of thousands of plants in the world, a handful have had a dramatic impact on how we humans live and survive. From the humble barley, first used by the Ancient Egyptians to make water safe to drink (by turning it into beer!) to the grains of rice that feed more people on this planet than any other plant. 

The Plants that Changed the World Picnic at the Botanic Garden highlights just a few of these key plants and celebrates the new garden beds planted up especially to help spread the message of how much we owe to these species. 

The Picnic afternoon on Saturday 12th August will run from 1-4pm and will showcase a live, promenading theatre performance entitled 'Seed' from festival stalwarts Pif-Paf theatre. There will be a chance to hear The Oxford Drum Troupe beat out their infectious tunes in the historic Walled Garden along with lots of family friendly craft and gardening activities for the young and young at heart.

See the magical world of natural dyes with freelance textile artists Lyn Sellwood and Mary Ann Dale. Lyn and Mary Ann are members of the Oxfordshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. They will be showing how the most sought after of colours, especially blue were obtained by woad and indigo plants. Try your hand at tie-dyeing and see examples of their work.

Bring your picnic along on the day or enjoy fresh pizza from SoleLuna and local ice-creams from George and Danvers.

Suitable for all ages.  This event is free with entry to the Garden.