1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, England
One of the more spectacular corners of Cambridge, people can enjoy an amazing collection of plants from all over the world in 40 acres of beautifully, and thoughtfully laid-out gardens and glasshouses. The Garden is a treasure trove of over eight thousand plant species, including nine National Collections and a wonderful arboretum.
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located a short walk South of the centre of Cambridge, England. It covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres). The site is almost entirely on level ground and in addition to its scientific value, the garden is very highly rated by gardening enthusiasts, and families on days out; there are guided tours on offer, as well as maps and backpacks for walking amongst the collection.
The Garden holds a plant collection of over 8000 plant species from all over the world, with a primary purpose being to facilitate teaching and research. The current garden was created for the University of Cambridge in 1831 by Professor John Stevens Henslow (Charles Darwin’s mentor) and was opened to the public in 1846. It replaced the original Botanic Garden known as the Walkerian Garden as the main botanic garden in Cambridge, due to its larger site, further from the centre of Cambridge. The present-day Walkerian society, which is based at the current garden, is named in honour of its founder, Dr. Richard Walker (1679–1764), Philosopher and Vice-Master of Trinity College.
The site features a beautiful lake on the site of a former gravel pit and, as of 2014, an excellent café serving drinks, and hearty, rustic food, always including vegan and gluten-free options, and using only 100% biodegradable packaging