Visits and Events

Visits and events for Friends and their guests

Please fill in and return the form below to the FRIENDS, Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Either include a SAE or fill in your e-mail address below to receive your tickets via e-mail.  Regrettably, it’s not possible to process your form if incomplete. Please note the Friends have suspended online booking. Should you have any queries regarding visits please contact Freya Jones email or telephone 07472 365001.

 Garden visits 2017

Please note attendees make their own way to the gardens.We are unable to facilitate lift shares.

Welcome to the 2017 autumn programme

Once again we would like thank all of you who have supported the Friends’ Garden Visits Programme during this year; also the garden owners who have generously welcomed the Friends.  We hope that these autumn visits will tempt you to come along. We welcome your ideas for future gardens to visit so should you have any suggestions, please contact Harriet Bretherton: Email: 

Booking Tickets for Garden Visits and The Arboretum to the Botanic Garden Walk Event: We are for the time being abandoning online ticketing. For technical reasons, it has proved to be too inflexible and misleading. All bookings, until further notice, for this Autumn period of bookings will therefore be by post. The tickets themselves will be sent by email if we are given an email address. Visits tend to get booked up quickly so to avoid disappointment please make your booking as soon as possible, via the Garden Visits booking form above. If you have any queries, contact Freya Jones email or telephone 07472 365001.

Sunday 15th October, 11.00am
Coach visit to Kew Gardens with private guided tours of The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and The Marianne North Gallery

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE

This coach visit to Kew Gardens gives you time to explore the garden's varied autumnal delights and, because Kew holds one of the world's greatest collections of botanical art, the visit includes a guided tour of both The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art - an exhibition by floral installation artist, Rebecca Louise Law, along with a series of 'Abundance: Seeds, Pods and Autumn Fruits' from The Shirley Sherwood Collection, followed by the Marianne North Gallery - North’s extraordinary pictorial record (855 paintings) of tropical and exotic plants. Binoculars recommended! NOTE: Refreshments and lunch not included.

Friends £25  NOTE: Friends, please bring your FOBGHA membership card with you.
Guest £45

Events 2017 

Friday 20th October, 2.30pm

SOLD OUT - University of Oxford Botanic Garden: ‘Climate Change and Trees for the Future' with Walter Sawyer

University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ

By kind permission of Professor Simon Hiscock, Director, Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum

Walter Sawyer, Superintendent of University Parks, has generously agreed to speak to us about climate change and its consequences for the trees we currently grow in this country. Not only is Mr Sawyer one of the leading experts in the country on climate change and trees, he is also a most amusing speaker. The visit will begin with a PowerPoint presentation after which Walter will accompany Friends to see what is currently happening and look at trees for the future. Tea will be served after the tour.

Friends £20, guest £25

Regular events (no need to book)

Friends’ coffee mornings at the Garden.

The first Friday of every month (except January, and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. The coffee morning for December will be Friday 15th December.  No fee and no booking required, just turn up. 

Insight tours at the Arboretum

Friends are very welcome to join these free tours on the first Wednesday of every month, which are a great opportunity for Arboretum staff to show off the latest developments, and for visitors to give their thoughts and opinions as well as to ask questions. 1.30pm to 3.00pm, no fee and no booking required, just turn up.


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