Right across from the Oxford Botanic Garden lie the hallowed grounds of Magdalen College, one of Oxford University’s most renowned colleges. The college is over 550 years old and counts among its alumni nine Nobel laureates and numerous other notables. But it was its extensive grounds and the wide variety of its landscapes that fascinated me most the day I visited.
The gardens closest to the academic buildings include a long herbaceous border that is part sun –
and part shade in its composition.
These borders flank a gate that leads out to the more bucolic parts of Magdalen’s grounds (more about which in the next post). But wandering around on my own in the Cloisters building, I saw crews pruning massive wisteria on the interior walls – and a serene, carefully composed planting scheme of Annabelle hydrangeas still looking quite fresh below them.
That’s all this time – next post, a look at an intriguing steel sculpture in another part of the College grounds, and its deer park . . .
For an interactive “virtual tour” map of Magdalen’s grounds, click here.