York Museum Gardens

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Address and contact details
York Museums Trust, St Mary's Lodge, Marygate, York, Yorkshire, YO30 7DR
Tel: 01904 687687
Email: enquiries@ymt.org.uk
Web site: www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk
Latitude: 53° 57' 00" N
Longitude: 01° 05' 00" W
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
Chief Executive: Reyahn King
Garden Manager: Alison Pringle
Curator of Geology: Sarah King
Yorkshire Museum Manager: Chris Baker
Contact person: Alison Pringle
Total Staff:10
Total Horticultural Staff:3
Physical environment
Altitude:15 m
Soil type:Sandy loam, neutral to alkaline
Total area:4 ha
Weather recordsRecords kept
Av. monthly max:20.5 °C
Av. monthly min:0.5 °C
Average annual:613 mm
Month of maximum:August
Month of minimum:February
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
County Champion trees: Fraxinus angustifolia 'Lentiscifolia', Pyrus elaeagrifolia, Carpinus betulus 'Incisa', Alnus glutinosa 'Imperialis', Tilia cordata, Fagus sylvatica 'Miltonensis' Unusual plants: Hovenia dulcis, Aesculus indica, Aesculus parviflora, Davidia involucrata, Schisandra rubriflora, Zanthoxylum oxycanthum Unusual edible plants in the 'Edible Wood' area
Special genera within the collections:
Acer, Aesculus, Aucuba, Fagus, Fraxinus, Ilex, Narcissus, Rosa, Pyrus, Taxus, Tilia
Record Keeping:Kept since 1995
Record System:Word 6 updated to Excel in 2013
Phenological records:Spring flower count on 1st March, annually since 2013
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 43 000 wild collected and cultivated specimens
Library:100 items
Research facilities:No
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:Outdoor coffee kiosk, ice cream van, book shop/gift shop in Yorkshire Museum, events/conference facilities
Access to the collections
Access conditions:Living collection; free access during garden open hours
Public access:Free
Visitors per year:1,500,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 6.00pm
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. The site is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, containing a Roman tower, the remains of the medieval Abbey of St Mary and part of the York city walls.
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