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Botanic Garden (Oxford)

The Botanic Garden in Oxford belongs to the University.

It can be found opposite Magdalen College, at the end of The High, just before Magdalen Bridge over the River Cherwell.

The garden was laid out in 1621 as a Physick Garden, for the growth and study of plants for medicinal use, and it is the oldest in Britain.

There is a gentle formality about the Botanic Garden, and as well as the obvious native flowers and trees there are greenhouses where more exotic plants are grown.

A Rose Garden commemorates the work of Oxford researchers into penicillin.

In the garden there is a 350-year-old yew tree.

The impressive gateway was designed by Nicholas Stone and built in 1630.

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