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.
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.
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.
The fruit trees and the Merton Borders give the impression of a country meadow and orchard.
Swathes of pink and orange flowers at Oxford Botanic Garden
Flower meadow at Oxford Botanic Garden
The Lower Garden was once part of Christ Church Meadow and is situated adjacent to the River Cherwell.
I love this sweet little wooden bench offering local produce.
Wooden Bench with locally sourced produce
Here’s a little virtual tour. I hope you enjoy it.
For more information visit Oxford Botanic Garden