Oxford University Botanic Garden & Arboretum

Search again Edit this page
United Kingdom - Oxford

Institution Code: OXF

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

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

About the Oxford University Botanic Garden & Arboretum

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 & Arboretum
Rose Lane
OX1 4AZ United Kingdom

Telephone: 01865 286690
Fax: 01865 286693
URL: www.obga.ox.ac.uk
Primary Email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof Simon Hiscock
    Curator's Name: Patrick Green, Kate Pritchard & Ben Jones
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 12
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1621
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.750971
    Longitude: -1.247689
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 883 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 50 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, OX44 9PX

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 125000
    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: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

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