Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in the south of Cambridge, England. It lies between Trumpington Road to the west and Hills Road to the east, close to Cambridge railway station. The garden covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres). The site is almost entirely on level ground, but the planting is very attractive, and in additional to its scientific value, the garden is highly rated by gardening enthusiasts. It holds 10 National Collections. The botanic garden also forms an oasis of tranquility in Cambridge and is frequently used as a place to escape to for lunch by workers in the surrounding area.

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The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in the south of Cambridge, England. It lies between Trumpington Road to the west and Hills Road to the east, close to Cambridge railway station. The garden covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres). The site is almost entirely on level ground, but the planting is very attractive, and in additional to its scientific value, the garden is highly rated by gardening enthusiasts. It holds 10 National Collections. The botanic garden also forms an oasis of tranquility in Cambridge and is frequently used as a place to escape to for lunch by workers in the surrounding area.

The garden was created for the University of Cambridge in 1831 by Professor John Stevens Henslow, probably best remembered today for teaching the naturalist Charles Darwin. It was opened to the public in 1846.

Garden features

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  • Autumn colour garden
  • Bed of British native plants
  • Dry garden — demonstrates planting requiring reduced watering
  • Fen display
  • Genetics garden
  • Glasshouses, containing about 3,000 species, and comprising:
    • Alpine house
    • Belize house
    • Cactus house
    • Conservatory, with variable displays
    • Evolution house
    • Filmy fern house (closed for renovation)
    • Succulent and carnivorous plant house
    • Temperate house (currently closed for renovation)
    • Wet tropical house
  • Herbaceous borders
  • Lake
  • National collections of:
  • Rock gardens — for alpine plants
    • Limestone rock garden
    • Sandstone rock garden
  • Scented garden
  • Systematic beds — 144 island beds representing 80 families of flowering plants
  • Tree collection
  • Water garden
  • Winter garden (December to April)
  • Woodland garden — containing spring bulbs

Public events

Regular public events and courses are organised in the botanic garden including the hugely popular Apple day. Other events in 2005 included:

  • Tree Selection and Care
  • Making Rush Baskets and Hats
  • Illustrating Plants using Pen and Ink
  • Painting the Autumn Harvest
  • Wood: the Inside Story
  • Gardening Seasons: Winter
  • Winter Tree Identification

Many of these events are run or supported by the Friends of Cambridge Botanic Garden who support the garden by volunteering and helping raise funds.

See also

  • List of botanical gardens
  • University of Oxford Botanic Garden

References

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David Lovett
9 April 2017
Wonderful gardens with some clever arrangements. Nice and relaxing way to spend a few hours idling
Pearson - Always Learning
This 40-acre garden is a beautiful place to learn about botany, or just stop to bask in the sun. The garden is said to house an apple tree descended from that which assaulted Isaac Newton.
Gustavo Ito
12 April 2014
There is a beautiful place. But you need pay. If you is a student is L$3,95. If you is an adult is L$ 4,50. But it's Nice. You have many kinds of flowers and diferent kinds of places.
Lee McCallum
14 November 2020
Aside from the Cambridge University, the countryside plays host to much wild life and its refined ruralisation which creates a perfect setting for those who enjoy the respectfully outstanding scenery.
Tim Gage
19 October 2013
Tropical rainforest greenhouse is great. Make sure to take a smartphone and play some sounds of the rainforest for that fully immersive experience.
Mairi K
21 August 2018
Great place to enjoy peace and quiet.A few muntjac deer live here ,lots of squirrels too.Look for the tree filled with bricks :)
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