By kind permission of the Warden of Merton College, Sir Martin Taylor.
Merton College’s Head Gardener, Lucille Savin, will lead the tour. All-year round interest is created by a mix of familiar and unusual bulbs, perennials and shrubs. Summer seasonal displays use exotics overwintered in the greenhouse, or grown-on cuttings. Native wildflowers love the shallow alkaline soil, and a highlight is the lavender border – a magnet for bees. The garden provides herbs for the college kitchen, and quadrangles provide rooms within the garden. The Old Library building, dating from 1393, is the oldest continuously functioning library for university academics and students in the world. Refreshments will be served.
3.30pm Merton Borders at the Botanic Garden
By kind permission of Professor Simon Hiscock, Director, Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum
The idea for the borders was first proposed in 2011 when James Hitchmough, who was then designing the London Olympic Park plantings, was approached with a view to redesigning a large area in the southern part of the Garden. The result was the wonderful Merton Borders, which cover three different plant regions: North American prairies, Eurasia and South Africa. Now well established, the borders more or less look after themselves, with a minimum input from the Garden staff. They are at their most striking and colourful in mid-summer. A member of the Garden staff will take us on the tour.
Friends £20, guests £25. Maximum number of visitors 28.
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