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The Rising Path

Drop in to the Garden Room in the Schools’ Garden to discover more about our plans and designs or you can enjoy our animated fly through below. The exhibition is open from 11am-4pm on Saturday 30 September, Sunday 1 October and Monday 2 October 2017.
The Rising Path: aerial viewThe Rising Path: aerial view
The Rising Path has been designed by Cambridge architects, chadwickdryerclarke studio, and is the keystone of the three-year Understanding Plant Diversity project at the CUBG. The project, supported by The Monument Trust, seeks to revitalise the contemporary relevance of the Systematic Beds for researchers, teachers and all our visitors.

Occupying nearly three acres, the Systematic Beds at Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG) are of global heritage significance. Laid out in 1845 to demonstrate plant diversity and to teach plant taxonomy, the science of plant classification, uniquely their design incorporates the leading botanic text book of the time and remains bold, visionary and beautiful to this day.

A dynamic spiral, the 65-metre long Rising Path connects a multi-disciplinary interpretation hub at ground level with a three-metre high elevated viewpoint, all designed to inspire visitors to explore the Garden’s Systematic Beds with fresh eyes and questioning minds.

As the world faces key challenges, such as food security and biodiversity loss, which have plants at the heart of their solutions, we are very excited to be able to enhance our visitors’ understanding and enjoyment of our iconic Systematic Beds. The Botanic Garden is at its best when it combines cutting-edge science, world-class horticulture and thoughtful and thought-provoking interpretation. This project will combine these elements and allow our visitors to adventure through how and why humans understand and organise plant diversity.
Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden
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