Part 1 of this post, with pictures from the Glasshouses, is here.
Once I have my fill of exotic climates and strange plants in the glasshouses, I like to wander around the various botanical family beds. I find that there is always something of interest blooming, no matter the time of year. This is where ‘Tolkien’s tree’, that great and beloved black pine stood for 200 years. The Walled Garden also has the 17th century section which hosts the same varieties that were found in the Botanic Garden when it first was founded.
Dotted around the garden are many wooden benches, perfect for a little rest. I can’t think of many more idyllic spots to sit and read a good book.
The Herbaceous Border (top picture) is pretty much the ultimate cottage garden inspiration. Don’t you just love how rambling and romantic it is? On my visit last week, the Japanese anemones really stood out to me as they basked in the sunshine.
I try to look up every now and then because the garden offers some classic Oxford views. Magdalen Tower can be seen from among the Botanical Family Beds, while the Merton College Chapel tower makes the perfect backdrop for the Lower Garden. I think that colourful plants and beautiful medieval buildings make a perfect combination!
The Walled and Lower gardens offer so much to delight, fascinate and inspire. I made many mental notes for my future/dream garden, just like every other time I’ve visited the Botanic Garden. It was also a great treat to spend some time reading in this peaceful place.
Part 3, with pictures of the Merton Borders (possibly my favourite part of the garden), will be coming next week. I hope you are enjoying this series!