Rose Lane Oxford OX1 4AZ
Oxford Botanic Garden is located in the centre of Oxford, just off High Street, opposite Magdalen College. Founded in 1621, it was the botanic garden in the UK. It boasts one of the most diverse collections in the world, with over 6,000 plant species.
The Garden comprises of 4 sections:
- The Walled Garden
- The Glasshouses
- The Lower garden
- The area between the Walled Garden and the River Cherwell
The Walled Garden surrounded by 17th century stonework and home to the Garden’s oldest tree. The green houses allow the cultivation of plants needing protection from the extremes of British weather. The Lower gardens and areas beyond house a variety of small gardens and borders.
The garden has inspired authors and painters for years. J.R.R. Tolkien, a local writer, often spent his time at the garden relaxing under his favourite tree, Pinus nigra. This enormous Austrian pine was the inspiration for the Ents, the walking, talking tree-people of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings.
Today, visitors will find more than just a pleasant garden. It hosts regular events, including outdoor yoga. You can also bring a picnic and enjoy lunch among the plants. For younger visitors, there are a number of trails and educational activities.
From April to September, visitors can enjoy Jericho Coffee Traders’ pop-up café. The café serves coffees, teas, cakes and ice cream. Hot drinks include a full range of coffee and teas as well as hot chocolate and chai lattes. It also serves ice creams cakes and flapjacks.
As a living, working space, the Botanic Garden changes from season to season. In summer, the water lilies and Merton Border are in bloom. But visit in winter and winter plants transform the garden. No matter when you visit, the Botanic Garden always has something new to offer.