Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Heritage site
The iconic Fountain provides the focal point to the eastern end of the Main Walk. This was designed by the respected silversmith David Mellor (1930-2009). It was completed in 1970 and is one of few twentieth-century insertions into the original 1846 landscape. The Fountain consists of seven large discs like giant water lily leaves, cast in bronze, and arranged on several levels. From the centre of each leaf, a column of water shoots up, recalling in shape the towering Giant Redwoods (Sequoidendron) that make the final pairings on the Main Walk. To strengthen this congregation of strong vertical elements, a stand of seven Incense Cedars (Calocedrus decurrens) are shooting up on the eastern slope behind the Fountain.

Fountain at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

© Howard Rice

    • Cambridge University Botanic Garden was established on its 40 acre site less than 1 mile from the City centre by Professor John Stevens Henslow and opened in 1846. Since its opening in 1846, Cambridge University Botanic Garden has been an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families and a refreshing oasis for all our visitors. Henslow, who is perhaps now best remembered for inspiring his pupil Charles Darwin with a love of natural science, recognised the need to study plants in their own right. The plant collection today numbers over 8000 species including nine National Collections and the best arboretum in the region. This heritage-listed Garden has been designed for both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration so, whenever you visit, you will find plants to intrigue and enchant. Today the Garden welcomes over 275,000 visitors each year.
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