The Botanic Garden on Film
The Botanic Garden is home to many beautiful, curious and strange plants from all around the World. For a taste of what you might see at the Garden take a look at some of these videos and be enticed to visit in person. Alternatively, if you have missed anything during your visit catch up here. The films that are shown here are made by the Botanic Garden and feature not only seasonal highlights and the work that goes on throughout the year to maintain the collection of plants but also demonstrate the rich variety of plant life that makes us the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in this country.
On July 26th, 2014 the black pine (Pinus nigra), sometimes referred to as Tolkein's tree, dropped two large limbs. The damage was so great that the only option was to fell the tree. This short film shows the tree in its former glory, its sudden limb drop and its subsequent felling. Although a sad event, the Garden aims to celebrate the tree in a number of ways involving the use of the timber to create benches and pieces of art.
This most recent film shows the development of the new wild flower borders in the lower garden at the Oxford Botanic Garden. They are proving to be one of the most photographed areas in the Garden at the moment. They change from day to day but each day is better than the last!
Botany in the Garden
This film deals with plant taxonomy, placing plants into species, genera etc., and how the diversity of the collection reflects this hierarchy.
For those interested in plant conservation this is a series of lectures given by the Director, Timothy Walker, to third year biology undergraduates at the University in which the background to the Global Strategy on Plant Conservation is discussed and looks at how plant species can be protected, how plant communities can be brought back to biological health and how, despite recent advances, there are still gaps in our knowledge about plant conservation.
For the handout that accompanied this first lecture please click here.
For the handout that accompanied this second lecture please click here.
For the handout that accompanied this third lecture please click here.
For the handout that accompanied this fourth lecture please click here.
Plants and People
Another lecture given by Timothy Walker, part of the Plants and People series for the biology undergraduates, looks at how three plants have helped to shape the World; cotton, sugar and quinine.
For the handout that accompanied this lecture please click here.
This is a series of four lectures given by the Director, Timothy Walker, as part of the first year Biology Organisms module. In these lectures Timothy looks at seeds and their importance to organisms, pollination, the contribution of plants to human existence and plant conservation on a global scale.
For the handout that accompanied this first lecture please click here
For the handout that accompanied this second lecture please click here
For the handout that accompanied this third lecture please click here
For the handout that accompanied this fourth lecture please click here
For the reference list for this series of lectures please click here