Oxford Botanic Garden
Today, the focus of our blog will be the Botanic Garden. These gardens were founded in 1621 as a ‘physic garden’ for growing medicinal herbs and plants for King Charles I when he moved to Oxford and is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. These days, the Botanic Garden is known as an oasis of special calm for students and visitors to relax and admire the exotic plants. It is also used by botanists at the University who undertake research into plant biology here.
There are over 8,000 different species of plant represented in the Botanic Garden’s collection. There are also many different glasshouses with tropical, desert and alpine plants, not to mention the carnivorous plants including the Venus Flytrap!
For more information of what OISS students get up to outside the library, please visit our ‘Explore Oxford’ page. Book your place on the OISS now to avoid disappointment!