The Botanic Garden and Arboretum collections are used in teaching, research and conservation.

Undergraduates studying biological sciences and related subjects at the University of Oxford visit both sites to learn about many aspects of plant biology. Over 6,500 school children visit the collections each year as part of our Schools Education Programme. Through-life-learning ensures that adults as well as children can benefit from our Education Programme. Each year more than 5,000 adults attend courses and tours to learn more about botany, horticulture and gardening.

Finally, many gardeners visit our collections to seek inspiration. In the plantings throughout the Botanic Garden and Arboretum you may find new plants that would be perfect in your garden at home and partly for this reason we strive to label every plant clearly and accurately.