Harris Garden

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Address and contact details
The University of Reading, Whitekinghts, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AS
Tel: 0118 378 8312
Email: r.taylor@reading.ac.uk
Latitude: 51° 25' 38" N
Longitude: 0° 55' 42" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1972
Ownership:University of Reading
Garden code:RNG
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Head of Grounds: Mr Rupert Taylor
Gardener: Mr Peter Tipping
Collections:Amenity garden with plants that are useful for teaching and research.
Physical environment
Altitude:70 m
Soil type:Silt, neutral
Total area:2.5 ha
Area heated:2000 m²
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:9.9 °C
Av. monthly max:13.6 °C
Av. monthly min:6.0 °C
Absolute maximum:30.4 °C (1996)
Absolute minimum:-5.3 °C (1996)
Average annual:488 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Quercus robur f. fastigiata
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Mediterranean Sea, North Africa & Middle East
Special families within the collections:
Umbelliferae, Iridaceae, Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Geraniaceae, Crassulaceae, Labiatae, Fagaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Palmae, Asclepiadaceae, Droseraceae, Nepenthaceae, Sarraceniaceae, Lentibulariaceae, Leguminosae, Pinaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Rosmarinus, Iris, Narcissus, Caralluma, Phoenix, Lavandula, Lereschia, Patagonula, Pelargonium, Quercus, Hedera, Drosera, Nepenthes, Sarracenia, Actaea
Special collections:
Digitalis Plant Heritage National Collection
Theobroma, IPGRI, School of Biological Sciences – 150 Accessions.
TARGET 8 PROJECT TAXON LIST   UK Red Data List 2005SAP lead partnerWELSH Red Data List 2008IRISH Red Data List 1987IRISH Red Data List 2005TARGET 8 PROJECT datasheetGarden(s)
Polygonum maritimum
Sea Knotgrass
B I VU RE VU T8 Harris Garden
Pyrus cordata
Plymouth Pear
B VU T8 Harris Garden
Schoenoplectus triqueter
Triangular Club-rush
Environment Agency
VU EN T8 Harris Garden
Record Keeping:Kept since 1972
Facilities on site
Herbarium:The University has an Herbarium in the School of Biological Sciences. Code RNG in Index Herbariorum
Friends Organisation:Yes
Access to the collections
Public access:Only on Charity Open days (second Sunday of the month)
Visitors per year:1000, plus staff and students of the University
Public opening hours:The Garden is generally always open
Location map

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