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At our AGM held on Wednesday 28th September 2016 we heard about all the plans for future developments at the Garden and the Arboretum - report and accounts can be read on our web pages.

An upgrade to the Garden and Arboretum website is currently being worked on and we hope to have revised Friends pages in the not too distant future.

Seonaid (pronounced Shornid) Danziger





International Fascination of Plants Day

Chris Thorogood Writes:

International Fascination of Plants Day is a celebration of plants and plant sciences. This celebration of plants was first launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to encourage people around the world to celebrate the importance of plant sciences. Botanic gardens, research labs, schools, museums and farms will open their doors with plant-based activities for everyone, with a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks, to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating: from ornamental flowers to important crops which mankind needs to survive on this planet. We hope to plant many virtual and germinating seeds in the collective mind of the public that plant sciences are crucial to the social and environmental landscape we live in now and in the future. Oxford Botanic Garden will be taking part onSunday May 21st. We are working with the Linnean Society in London and with Dr Charlotte Kirchhelle from the Department of Plant Sciences here in Oxford to deliver an interactive public engagement exhibition called Inside a Plant Cell, which will introduce the public to modern microscopy techniques used in cell biology. Come along to the Garden and be inspired by plants and plant sciences!

The official website for International Fascination of Plants Day is here:    

Coffee Mornings at the Oxford Botanic Garden

Friends' coffee mornings are on the first Friday of every month (except January and August) and are an opportunity for Friends to get together and usually about 40 people attend. All coffee mornings being 10.30am in the Garden's Conservatory followed by a tour at 11.00am. No fee and no booking required, just turn up.


The Bobarts Patron Group

Jennie Turner writes:

For over 12 years the commitment of the Bobarts Group has provided extra financial support to the Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.  Our members enjoy all the benefits of the Friends plus a programme of visits to the University collections as well as gardens and visits in small groups, to some of the best gardens and estates in the area.  I would like to thank all the owners for their support and generous hospitality. 

Bobarts Day 2016 was held at the OBG.  Director Professor Simon Hiscock joined us there for the first time, together with Tom Price, Garden Curator and Kate Pritchard, Glass House Curator.  Following the reception on the Events lawn members were given a tour of the Garden and Glasshouses with the Curators, then an interesting and stimulating talk by Prof Hiscock on the exciting new plans for the Garden

Our programme for 2017 is already underway and looks to be an exciting year.

If you are not already a member, why not join this group and come with us on these visits?

The Ticket Office and Friends' Membership Cards

We would like to remind all Friends that it is an essential requirement that you present your current Membership Card at the Ticket Office if you wish to take advantage of your associated priviledge of free entry to the Botanic Garden or the Harcourt Arboretum.

The staff in the Ticket Office do not have access to the Friends' database, so your card is their only way of knowing that you are a genuine Friend and your membership is current. Without your current Membership Card, you will be treated as a normal visitor and will be required to pay. We trust that you will understand this and cooperate with all those working to make the experience a good one for all concerned.