Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

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The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in 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 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 and was opened to the public in 1846.

Garden features

  • 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, have been restored and almost entirely replanted to display global plant diversity, and comprise:
    • Continents Apart, comparing and contrasting the fire dependent, floristically rich plant communities of South Africa and SW Australia, once conjoined in the supercontinent Gondwana
    • Oceanic Islands, exploring the floral diversity peculiar to island archipelagos
    • Mountains, exploring how plants survive life in a cold climate
    • Tropical Rainforests, a hotbed of......
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