A virtual tour of the gardens at Murray Edwards College

A virtual tour of the gardens at Murray Edwards College

A virtual tour of the gardens at Murray Edwards College
Friday 24 September 2021 to Tuesday 28 September 2021
Past event
Past event
Friday 24 September 2021 to Tuesday 28 September 2021
  • Front of Murray Edwards College
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Theme: 
Colleges, Virtual tours

The gardens of Murray Edwards College span 14 acres and were recently included in the Good Garden Guide. We encourage our students to enjoy the gardens and unlike most colleges, students are welcome to walk on the grass and pick flowers and herbs to use. The College is built on the grounds of The Orchard, previously owned by Norah Barlow, granddaughter of Charles Darwin, who was herself a distinguished plantswoman. Dame Rosemary Murray, New Hall's first president, planned and planted the gardens around the current College buildings. 

This session has been pre-recorded and will be available for the duration of the Alumni Festival, there is no booking required. The pre-recorded video will be available here from Friday 24 September at 9am.

Murray Edwards Garden Tour

Speakers

Jo Cobb

Image of Jo Cobb

David Bellamy, the well-known botanist and broadcaster, taught me ecology when I studied biology at Durham University. He instilled in me a love of plants and field botany. I cannot say Allium schoenoprasum (the botanical name for chives) without mimicking him fondly. It was a short step from the moors and lakes we surveyed for me to think about a career in horticulture, often growing the same plants. I worked on several nurseries and grounds maintenance operations and applied for the job of Head Gardener at Murray Edwards 20 years ago. I love working here because the College and garden staff are so willing to try out new ideas. Currently we have put our energies into biodiversity, which brings me back where I started.

Contact

Events Team
Email: 
festival@alumni.cam.ac.uk