University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Last updated: 22 November 2022

PlantNetwork member
Address and contact details
Rose Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4AZ
Tel: 01865 286690
Fax: 01865 286693
Web site:
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
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
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
Total area:1.8 ha
Area heated:883 m²
Other sites of collection:Harcourt Arboretum
Weather recordsNo records kept
Strength:Below average
Average annual:644 mm
Plant collection
(includes [link id='3479'] collections)
Special families within the collections:
Special collections:
Euphorbia, NCCPG – 82 Species, 112 Accessions. Medicinal Plants Collection
Record Keeping:Records kept
Record System:BRAHMS
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
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

Please help us keep this directory up to date. Click here to complete and submit an update.