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 and The Walk Event booking form above. If you have any queries, contact the Friends’ Administrator, Thursday or Friday only on

Friday 8th September, 10.30am
A double visit to two environmental charities, The Sylva Foundation followed by The Earth Trust.

Sylva Wood Centre, Little Wittenham Road, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire OX14 4QT

By kind permission of The Sylva Foundation

A morning visit to the Sylva Wood Centre run by the environmental charity, The Sylva Foundation, will be led by its Chief Executive, Gabriel Hemery.  We will have a tour of the centre which supports wood craftspeople, including start-up facilities for young businesses, making wonderful items from local and exotic wood. The surrounding landscape has been transformed over the last year with the planting of a demonstration 'Future Forest' with 40 native and exotic species, and a community orchard complete with an apiary. Refreshments on arrival. For lunch, bring a picnic or use one of two pubs in Long Wittenham.

2.00pm, The Earth Trust, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire OX14 4QT

By kind permission of The Earth Trust

The Earth Trust is an environmental learning charity which encourages people to explore the natural world. Our afternoon visit starts with a short presentation about the charity's diverse range of work, followed by a 1 ½ hour (approx) guided walk with the Head of Land Management, Chris Parker. Take in the stunning panoramic views of South Oxfordshire, walk through the newly created wildflower meadow, discover local wildlife and ancient archaeological features. Then head back to the Earth Trust Centre for refreshments. Bring walking boots and waterproofs as both visits involve country walks. 

Friends £20, guest £25

Thursday 14th September, 2.30pm
Private visit to Little Compton Manor

The Manor, Little Compton, Nr Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos GL56 0RZ

By kind permission of Professor Sir Alec Reed

The C16 historic manor house (not open) is surrounded by four acres of stunning gardens set in a beautiful location in the village of Little Compton. Enjoy the many garden rooms, long herbaceous border, deer walk, Japanese garden, flower garden, arboretum and specimen trees. Teatime refreshments will be served in the Village Hall.

Friends £15, guest £20

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


Friday 20th October, 2.30pm

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 in the Botanic Gardens Conservatory 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

 Other events 2017

Saturday 23rd September, 10.00am

CANCELLED - ‘The Arboretum to the Botanic Garden Walk’

Due to unforseen circumstances the above event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused


12th Annual General Meeting

Monday 25th September,7.30pm
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building,St Hilda’s College, Oxford OX4 1DY
For more details please click on the pdf below.

After the formal business of the meeting, there will be a talk given by Dr Christopher Thorogood, Head of Science and Public Engagement. This will be followed by refreshments.

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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