Herbaceous Flower Border at Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

A few days ago in the soaring heat of the Summer of 2018 I visited the oldest botanic garden in Britain. Originally founded in the early 17th century as the Oxford Physic Garden (a garden to support the teaching of medicine) and it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s that it became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden.

View of Magdalen College Tower from Oxford Botanic Garden
View of Magdalen College Tower from Oxford Botanic Garden
Stone archway and gate to gardens at Oxford Botanic Garden
Stone archway and gate to gardens

The journey begins in the Walled Garden. The Walls were completed in 1633. The stone creates a micro climate encouraging the plants to flower much earlier than surrounding areas.

White flowers at Oxford Botanic Garden
A wall of white flowers at Oxford Botanic Garden

Herbaceous border at Oxford Botanic Garden

Herbaceous border set along the Walls at Oxford Botanic Garden

There were hose pipes everywhere to save the plants from wilting in the hot dry sun though the water lilies seemed to be enjoying the heat from the haven of their pond.

Lily Pond at Oxford Botanic Garden
Lily Pond at Oxford Botanic Garden

The fruit trees and the Merton Borders give the impression of a country meadow and orchard.

Apple Tree in Summer Sun at Oxford Botanic Garden
Apple Tree in Summer Sun at Oxford Botanic Garden
Flower Meadow at Oxford Botanic Garden
Flower Meadow at Oxford Botanic Garden

Swathes of pink and orange flowers at Oxford Botanic Garden

Swathes of pink and orange flowers at Oxford Botanic Garden

Blue flowers in the flower meadow at Oxford Botanic Garden

Flower meadow at Oxford Botanic Garden

The Lower Garden was once part of Christ ChurchΒ  Meadow and is situated adjacent to the River Cherwell.

View of Cricket Pavilion from Oxford Botanic Garden
View of Cricket Pavilion from Oxford Botanic Garden

I love this sweet little wooden bench offering local produce.

Wooden Bench with locally sourced produce

Wooden Bench with locally sourced produce

Here’s a little virtual tour. I hope you enjoy it.

Flower meadows and walled gardens in Oxford Botanic Garden
Flowers in Oxford Botanic Garden

For more information visit Oxford Botanic Garden

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