The Bobarts Group

The Bobarts patron group was established in 2004 to provide extra financial support to the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. Members enjoy all the benefits of the Friends plus a programme of visits in small groups to private gardens and university collections, accompanied by the owners and head gardeners.

2015 has proved to be yet another interesting year with a visit to Egrove Park in Kennington, the residential estate of the Saïd Business School, in March, followed by Bobarts Day at Harcourt Arboretum in April. In May we visited Haseley Court (left), one of the most stylish and elegant gardens in Oxfordshire, with a walled garden full of old roses, foxgloves, peonies and other summer flowering perennials. This was followed in June by a visit to the gardens of the American Ambassador at Winfield House in Regents Park, and an afternoon tour of the medicinal garden and buildings of the Royal College of Physicians. In July we had a double visit to Inholmes and Rooksnest near Lambourn and then, at the end of July, a visit to the Old Rectory in Quenington. In August we visited Chivel Farm at Heythrop and in September Thame Park to see the changes that have been made there. Finally in October we saw some of the Bodleian’s botanical art collection, displayed in the new Weston Library in Oxford.

We are planning next year’s visits to include Pembroke College, Oxford; Towersey Manor; the Gardens of the Rose and a full day in Steeple Aston, plus the Bobarts Day at the Botanic Garden. We may expand our visit programme with an overnight stay in Somerset.

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If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Bobarts group to enjoy these special visits and tours.

For further information, contact the Friends’ Administrator Liz Woolley on 01865 286690,, or download an application form (right).