Walled kitchen gardens in Oxford

The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden

Context
The Botanic Garden in Oxford is the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain. Situated in the city on the High Street, just before Magdalen Bridge, the Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 with a mission 'to promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature.'

Description
The walled garden is a square walled garden with a central water fountain and buildings against the north wall, including five glasshouses. A further fountain is situated outside the walls to the south and two glasshouses outside the east wall. The 2nd ed. OS map of 1900 shows an additional glasshouse outside the wall on the south east side of the garden and the enlargement of the earlier ones. The glasshouses that were against the north wall now appear as buildings.

The aim of the botanic garden is: 'to educate...people about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants around the world and to support teaching and research at the University and beyond.' The walled garden houses the scientific collections listed as: Family Beds; Geographical Collections; The Euphorbia Collection; The Medicinal Collection; The 1648 collection and Woodland.

Designation Status
The Botanic Garden is included in the Historic England Register of Historic Parks and Gardens at Grade I. Further information is available in the National Heritage List for England.

Degree of completeness
Good

Access
The garden is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. year round, closing earlier during the winter months. Visitors pay to enter but members of various gardening bodies and the university can enter for free.

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