York Museum Gardens

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Address and contact details
Yorkshire Museum, York, Yorkshire, YO1 2DR
Tel: 01904 629745
Fax: 01904 651221
Latitude: 53° 57' 00" N / 53.9588089
Longitude: 01° 05' 00" W / -1.0810877
Background to the collection
Year founded:1827
Ownership:City of York Council; managed by York Museums Trust
Garden code:YRK
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, National Heritage Programme
Personnel
Chief Executive: Janet Barnes
Curator of GeologyCamilla Nichol:
Museum ManagerHelen Young:
Contact person: Helen Young
Total Staff:3
Physical environment
Altitude:15 m
Soil type:Sandy loam, neutral to alkaline
Aspect:South
Total area:4 ha
Weather records Records kept
Temperature
Av. monthly max:20.5 °C
Av. monthly min:0.5 °C
Rainfall
Average annual:613 mm
Month of maximum:August
Month of minimum:February
Plant collection
Accessions:870
Plants:4500
Notable plants within the collection:
National Champion trees: Fraxinus angustifolia 'Lentiscifolia', Pyrus elaearifolia, Crataegeus oxyacantha Fagus sylvatica 'Miltonensis'
Special genera within the collections:
Acer, Aesculus, Aucuba, Fagus, Fraxinus, Ilex, Narcissus, Rosa, Pyrus, Taxus, Tilia
Record Keeping:Kept since 1995
Computerised
Record System:Word 6
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 43 000 wild collected and cultivated specimens
Library:100 items
Research facilities:No
Publications:Unknown
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public
Teaching and Education:Potential for primary, secondary, higher and public education
Interpretation:Signs, supervised garden walks, lectures
Friends Organisation:Unknown
Visitor facilities:Café, book shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Visitors per year:500,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: Dawn-dusk
Guiding principles behind the collection
The Museum Gardens were founded by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. They were laid out to a design by Naysmith in the 1840s as a pleasure ground for members of the Society and to operate as a botanical and scientific garden. The Gardens are now on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
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