Cambridge University Botanic Garden boasts a number of plants that have either originated in the Garden or have been named to honour and commemorate staff or working collaborations. Together these are known as Cantab Plants.
Some are very special interest, but many make great garden plants and have been recognised by the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
A concentration of Cantab plants has been worked into the recent plantings at the Brookside Gate and along adjacent Hobson’s Conduit including the very versatile Geranium ‘Brookside’, the lovely Geranium x cantabrigiensis and the beautiful yellow-flowered Rosa x ‘Cantabrigiensis’. The first true Cantab plant, the climbing Smilax bona-nox ‘Cantab’ is scrambling over the new railings at Brookside Gate, providing a good thorny deterrent.