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Oxford University Botanic Garden

United Kingdom - Oxford

Institution Code: OXF

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

Victoria cruziana and Euryale ferox in the Lily Pond
Victoria cruziana and Euryale ferox in the Lily Pond

About the Oxford University Botanic Garden

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.

Main Address:
Oxford University Botanic Garden
Rose Lane
OX1 4AZ United Kingdom

Telephone: 01865 286690
Fax: 01865 286693
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Timothy Walker
    Curator's Name: Alison Foster
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 14
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1621
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.750971
    Longitude: -1.247689
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 480 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 50 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, OX44 9PX

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
  • Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 155000
    Number of Volunteers: 30

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 7706
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4885
  • Special Collections:HERBARIUM: Situated in Plant Sciences Department.
    TAXA: 1,482 genera, 4885 taxa, 7706 alive accessions.

    Araceae, Acanthaceae, Brassicaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Fabaceae, Rosaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Iridaceae, Nymphaeaceae.
    Bluebells, Euphorbia stygiana, Apium repens.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Horticulture: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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