The impressive botanical gardens around the world (P.93) - Oxford Botanic Gardens (England)


( Nestled next to Magdalen Bridge on the River Cherwell, these gardens offer the perfect escape from the busy city centre, allowing you to spend an afternoon getting lost in the beauty of nature.

With over 400 years of history, the Oxford Botanic Gardens are among the oldest gardens in the world. And this year is pretty special, as July 2021 marks the 400th anniversary of the garden, as well as four centuries of botany in Oxford.

The Oxford Botanic Gardens are not only pretty to look at and fun to explore, but they actually play a really important role in the conservation of flora – something that is particularly important right now. Because of this, many of the species found in the garden at Oxford can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The botanists also work globally to conserve plant species from biodiversity hotspots, including the Mediterranean Basin, Ethiopia, and areas of Japan.

Highlights of the Oxford Botanical Gardens

One of the main features of the Oxford Botanical Gardens is the glasshouses. The first greenhouse was built over 300 years ago in order to cultivate delicate and exotic plants like citruses, during the harsh winter months. Interestingly enough, the garden is still home to some of these exciting plants today, along with many, many more.

The Literary Garden

Head over to the aptly named Literary Garden and you’ll be greeted by some rather magical trees that wouldn’t feel too out of place in a Lewis Caroll novel. If you look closely, you might just be able to spot the cunning grin of the Cheshire Cat beaming back at you through the leaves. Tip: he can be a little bit difficult to spot, but you’ll find him chilling on a branch above your head!

Will & Lyra’s Bench

Fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials? If you make your way to the Lower Garden, by the Water Garden, you’ll be able to spot Will and Lyra’s bench, as well as a sculpture of a very familiar Dæmon just behind – and Pullman’s own raven dæmon is watching over, too.

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