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The Plant House University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

History of Cambridge Botanic Garden

General information about the Cambridge University Botanic Garden can be found on Wikipedia.

The Garden’s own web site is:

An unusual feature is The Brick Tree. This is a pear tree which after a storm in the 1960s was filled up with tar-covered bricks to stop the tree from rotting. (See 111  Places in Cambridge You Shouldn’t Miss  p.38).

A B Gray noted in 1921 that the gates, erected in May 1909, were originally those of the old Physic Garden in Downing Street.

Botanic Garden Blue Plaque

1901 census: University Botanic gardens Bateman Street

Richard Irwin Lynch


Edith K, 16, b Cambridge

Richard S, 12, b Cambridge

Elizabeth R Revell, 22, servant, b Cambs

Gardeners House University Botanic Gardens:

Edgar John Allard, 24, foreman Botanic gardens, b Kent

Herbert Sutcliffe, boarder, 19, journeyman gardener, b Yorks

Sidney G Wild, 23, journeyman gardener, b Warwicks

William N Wright, 24, traveller horticultural specialist, b Derby

1911 census:

Richard Irwin-Lynch, 60, curator Botanic Gardens, b Cornwall

Harriett, 53, b Devon

Rhoda May Elvin, servant, 18, servant, b Cambridge

John William Temple, head, 23, gardener, b Herts

Alfred Bertram Mellis, boarder, 20, b Stowmarket

Harold Allgood, 16, boarder,  b Trumpington

Botanic Gardens 1922 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

22/7/1922 The prospect of a serious deficiency at the Botanic Garden is almost a certainty; it is expected to be about £1,362. A suggestion has been made that the public should be charged a small fee for admission, but there is a natural objection to adopting this course, the garden having been open so long and so extensively used by the public. A suggested alternative is that the garden should close at 5.30. A further proposal is that the principal greenhouses should be closed and their contents sold. Something will have to be done. The Garden practically ranks as a public park. We are in danger of losing that park (Cambridge Press)

2022 Painting by Hannah Davies

Spring Reflected (©2022 Hannah Davies) – a reflection through a window at Cambridge Botanic gardens

Rewinding (©2022 Hannah Davies) – a reflection through a window at Cambridge Botanic gardens



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