Visits to the Argotti Gardens

Last year, a decision was taken to open the University section of the Argotti Gardens for school visits following extensive rehabilitation works. The exercise was quite a success and attracted over 800 school children. The University has had possession of these gardens since 1855 and its history is intricately linked to them. This year, the tours are again going to be held starting in the third week of February and lasting until the end of May and have been extended to two mornings a week, namely, Tuesdays and Fridays. All tours are strictly by appointment.

One hour visits are being offered comprising a short talk, tour of the gardens and some hands-on practical exercises for students. Groups should not exceed 25 students and must be accompanied by a teacher. Two or more groups from the same school may be accommodated in the same morning. Talks and tours are adapted to different age groups. Separate arrangements can be made for biology, ecology and geography teachers who may bring their groups for botany related lectures and practicals.

Anyone who is interested in the gardens is most welcome and should contact the Curator on Tel 21 248984, Fax 21 233485 or by email at gardens@um.edu.mtOtherwise, you may download and print out the booking form at http://www.um.edu.mt/noticeboard/argotti.pdf

Communications Office

27 January 2003