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Cambridge’s Garden of Eden
Brimming with flowers, trees, wildlife, and pristine pathways, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden offers a peaceful place for visitors to enjoy the natural life. The garden maintains more than 8,000 plant species and at least nine National Plant Collections.
When the Botanic Garden opened in 1846, it replaced the University’s garden located in the centre of the city. The plants and research now present over 40 acres of the University’s land to those wishing to spend the day exploring the plethora of species.
Visitors to the Botanic Garden can view the Cantab collection of plants, those named after a member or those discovered at the University of Cambridge. These include the purple clusters of Ceanothus ‘Cynthia Postan’, the cactus-like Cambridge Prickly Pear, and the long red-leafed Cambridge Oak.
Those seeking an international flair should head to the Glasshouse Range. The climate-controlled houses grow and care for plants from mountainous, oceanic, and tropical environments. The glasshouse also explores the evolution of plant life from before flowers to the appearance of carnivorous plant species.
For a quick tour of the garden, check out this video!
Humans aren’t the only visitors to walk the garden grounds. While perusing through the garden, you have the opportunity to see a variety of birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. The keepers of the Botanic Garden maintain the robust wildlife to not only liven the environment, but naturally control the presence of pests and diseases.
Whether visiting in autumn, winter, spring, or summer, be sure to walk the paths of the Botanic Gardens. The trails lead anyone on a natural journey beyond the streets of today’s bustling cities.