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An uplifting historical voyage

Mark Davies
Event date
Event time
18:00 - 19:30
Oxford Botanic Garden
Rose Lane
Event type
Gallery tours / talks
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

Join local historian, guide, speaker and author Mark Davies who will describe some of the remarkable characters who have influenced the Garden's rich history in a variety of ways. This one-hour walk will concentrate on some of the more unusual and tangential uses to which the Garden has been put in its 400 year history. Hear stories about the Garden’s first superintendent, Jacob Bobart, known as ‘the German Prince of Plants’, and his colourful descendants; learn about some of Britain’s earliest hot-air balloon launches made from the Garden by Oxford’s very own first English aeronaut, the pastry cook James Sadler; and discover the Garden’s associations with Lewis Carroll and other notable writers. Followed by wine and a book signing with Mark.