University of Oxford Botanic Garden


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Address and contact details
Rose Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4AZ
Tel: 01865 286690
Fax: 01865 286693
Email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk
Web site: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk
Latitude: 51° 54' 03" N
Longitude: 01° 14' 48" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1621
Ownership:University of Oxford
Garden code:OXF
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Personnel
Director: Timothy Walker
Curators: Alison Foster (Senior Curator)
Tom Price (Hardy Curator)
Kate Pritchard (Glasshouses Curator)
Education Officers: Emma Williams and Sarah Lloyd
Contact person: Alison Foster
Total Staff:17
Total Horticultural Staff:10
Policies
Accessions:The Garden aims to grow a collection of plants consistent with the fulfilment of its mission. Believing it to be best attained through a diverse collection reflecting the research and teaching programme of the garden, the collection policy may be summarised as follows. A plant will be grown at the Garden if it is: (i) required for the purposes of academic teaching or research by a member of the University, (ii) of value to the schools and/or public education programme, (iii) in a botanical family or genus not yet represented at the garden, (iv) a species from a diverse genus that differs greatly from the species (or that genus) already in the collection, (v) representative of a taxon which is part of a special collection at the Garden (i.e. Euphorbia) or plants of economic importance or endangered species of the world.
Physical environment
Altitude:250 m
Soil type:Loam, alkaline
Aspect:Flat
Total area:1.8 ha
Area heated:883 m²
Other sites of collection:Harcourt Arboretum
Weather recordsNo records kept
Wind
Direction:West
Strength:Below average
Rainfall
Average annual:644 mm
Plant collection
Families:287
Genera:1,786
Species:5,274
Taxa:6,360
Accessions:8,858
Plants:9,960
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Special families within the collections:
Euphorbiaceae
Special collections:
Euphorbia, NCCPG – 82 Species, 112 Accessions. Medicinal Plants Collection
Record Keeping:Records kept
Computerised
Record System:BRAHMS
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:No
Library:1,000 items, varied. Public access by appointment
Research facilities:No
Publications:Garden catalogue, Index seminum, guide guide, specialist booklets e.g. The Medicinal Plant Collection
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public.
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails and lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:No
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:125,000
Public opening hours:Daily: 9am-4.30pm (Nov-Feb)
9am-5pm (Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct)
9am-6pm (May-Aug)
Guiding principles behind the collection
The Garden is part of the University of Oxford. The mission statement is 'To promote learning and glorify nature'
Location map
Location map

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