Photographer's Note

University of Oxford Botanic Garden
with Magdalen College in the background.

Garden Address: Oxford Botanic Garden, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AX [/WM-If] England

Directions for Visiting: Access from the High Street,
near Magdalen College and Bridge.

Opening Dates and Times: All year Daily (except
Christmas Day and Good Friday) Open 9am to 6pm in
summer (closes earlier in winter)

Garden Description: Britain's oldest botanic garden is
near the centre of the city. It is a classic
seventeenth century walled garden. When founded in
1621, so much money was spent on the walls that little
was left for plants. This deficiency has been
remedied, with the planting design more botanical than
aesthetic. Loudon described the garden as 'a venerable
establishment. . . entered by a noble stone archway,
through which is seen a vista to the other extremity
of the garden. . . Comparing this botanic garden with
with all the others in Britain, it as far surpasses
them in an arachitectural point of view, as it is
inferior to the best of them in botanical riches'.
Nearby is a rose garden, designed by Sylvia Crowe, to
comemorate the discovery of the first antibiotic.


The Garden consists of three sections. The Glasshouses
contain plants that need protection from the extremes
of the British weather. The area outside the Walled
Garden contains classic garden features such as a
Water Garden and Rock Garden as well as the innovative
Black Border and Autumn Borders. Within the Walled
Garden plants are grouped in a number of different
ways such as by country of origin, botanic family or
economic use.

Magdalen College was founded originally as Magdalen
Hall half-way up the High Street in Oxford in 1448.
The founder, William of Waynflete, was Bishop of
Winchester and had already had a hand in the
foundation of schools (he had also been Provost of
Eton) in which new educational ideas of the
Renaissance era as well as new methods of teaching
were tried out.

Magdalen was among the first colleges in Oxford to
teach science. It established in the 17th century its
connection with the Physic Garden on the south side of
Magdalen Bridge, which is today the Oxford Botanic


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