Botanical Gardens, Oxford
Set in the beautiful sand stone city of Oxford is a mini green oasis of biodiversity. The Oxford botanical gardens are one of the oldest in the UK and certainly one of the most picturesque, enhanced by the borrowed landscape of the iconic Oxford architecture.
We travelled there one weekend in January looking for a respite from the cold and tourists. The gardens have seven glass houses and around 6000 types of plant. Our particular favourite was the plants from high places house which had an amazing collection of alpines. We also loved the borders in the lower garden glowing with autumnal tones in the rich low winter sunlight.
After visiting the gardens we travelled over the river to check out Hamblin Bakery. We’d heard a lot of good things about this place. We had the most amazing pumpkin pizza and left with a loaf of their heritage sourdough. Apologies for the lack of photos of the food, it didn’t hang around very long.