Roadtrip: City Oases

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life with these city based gardens where you breath, medidate and immerse yourself in the natural world.

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1. Cambridge University Botanic Garden - Cambridge

The Cambridge Botanic Garden is a world leading research and teaching facility with over 8,000 species, but it also has a diverse range of gardens from bee friendly flower beds to scent gardens to help you find some tranquility in the city center. 

Strongylodon macrobotrys (2019-04-02) by Howard Rice Cambridge University Botanic Garden

A Garden Escape

The glasshouses host a microcosm of plant worlds including the Oceanic Islands, Arid Lands and the beautiful jade plants of tropical rainforests. You can even step back to a land before plants and explore the evolution of plants. 

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2. Hill Close Gardens - Warwick

Hill Close Gardens are a unique set of Victorian detached gardens originally used by merchants who lived above their businesses in the crowded market centres, but now modern day gardeners and visitors can enjoy these little pockets of green in the city center.

Aerial photo of entire siteHill Close Gardens

Growing Community

In addition to the gardening expertise the gardens play host to concerts, festivals, parties and learning trips that are key to the local community.

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3. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - London

Kew Gardens in southwest London is the "largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world" where science merges with art and gardening to create a unique landscape in the city. 

Our coastal redwood by RBG KewRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Trees of Kew

The Kew arboretum is home to a vast  vast collection of 14,000 trees, a unique living landscape shaped by the seasons.

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4. Oxford University Botanic Gardens - Oxford

Oxford Botanic Gardens is the first botanic garden in the UK (founded in 1621), at the UK’s oldest University - Oxford! In 1947 it joined with Harcourt Arboretum to form an incredible resource for research, education, conservation and inspiration for a new generation of botanists

Britain's oldest botanic gardenOxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

A Healing Garden

Until 1834, Oxford Botanic Garden was known as the Physick or Physic Garden and was a collection of medicinal plants. Today the south-west corner of the Botanic Garden is home to a modern medicinal plant collection.

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5. Walter Raleigh's Garden - London

Whilst imprisoned at the Toiwer of London, Walter Raleigh was allowed access to a small garden where he grew plants for his experiments. He also converted a hen-house into a laboratory.​  

The Lost Garden at the Bloody Tower, Tower of London (2019) by Richard Lea-HairHistoric Royal Palaces

The Great Cordial

Here, Raleigh created his famous Great Cordial to treat members of the Royal Family that used 40 plants and herbs that we still use today such as rosemary, marigolds and saffron.

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