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Oxford Botanic Garden has occupied its central Oxford site next to the river Cherwell continuously since its foundation in 1621 and is the UK's oldest botanic garden. The birthplace of botanical science in the UK, it has been a leading centre for research since the 1600s. Today, the garden holds a collection of over 5,000 different types of plant, some of which exist nowhere else and are of international conservation importance.
This guide explores Oxford Botanic Garden's many historic and innovative features, from the walled garden to the waterlily pool, the glasshouses, the rock garden, the water garden and 'Lyra's bench'. It also gives a detailed explanation of the medicinal and taxonomic beds and special plant collections.
Lavishly illustrated with photographs taken throughout the seasons, Oxford Botanic Garden: A Guide not only provides a fascinating historical overview but also offers a practical guide to the Oxford Botanic Garden and its work today. Featuring a map of the entire site and a historical timeline, it is guaranteed to enhance any visit, and is also a beautiful souvenir to take home.
Simon Hiscock is Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. Chris Thorogood is Head of Science and Public Engagement for Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. Alexandra Davies is a garden & lifestyle photographer based in Oxfordshire.