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Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum

A Brief History

The Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest surviving botanic garden in Britain, occupying the same location in central Oxford since 1621. Designed as a nursery for growing medicinal plants amid the turmoil of the civil war, and nurtured through the restoration of the monarchy, it has, perhaps unsurprisingly, a curious past.
This book tells the story of the garden through accounts of each of its keepers, tracing their work and priorities, from its founding keeper, Jacob Bobart, through to the early nineteenth-century partnership of gardener William Baxter and academic Charles Daubeny, who together gave the garden its greenhouse and ponds and helped ensure its survival to the present. Richly illustrated, this book offers a wonderful introduction to a celebrated Oxford site.

144 pages | 60 color plates | 6 2/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2017



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Table of Contents

Author’s Note
I Founding the Garden
II Constructing the Garden
III Planting the Garden
IV Evolution
V Revitalization
VI Expansion
VII Growing Trees
VIII Engaging People
IX Pursuing Science
X Splitting apart
Appendix A: Plant names
Appendix B: Senior positions in the Garden, Plant Sciences and Herbaria
Picture Credits

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