Behind-the-Scenes Tour

An opportunity to discover more about the work involved in re-creating and maintaining the Systematic Beds (sometimes called 'Order Beds') which, for centuries, have been used for teaching taxonomy, the science of plant classification. In most botanic gardens, beds are long and rectangular with family following family in order. Our Systematic Beds, designed in 1845 by Andrew Murray, all differ in size and are curving, irregular island beds. They hold an important scientific research collection of about 1600 plant species belonging to about 98 families dispersed across 157 beds.
Date
06/09/2018
Time
10.30am
Price
£10 Friends
Booking is essential
Booking Details
Friends only

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Event Category
Friends' Events
Venue
Cambridge University Botanic Garden