The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in Cambridge, England. It covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres) between the city centre and Cambridge railway station. The site is almost entirely on level ground, but the planting is very attractive, and in additional to its scientific value, the garden is highly rated by gardening enthusiasts. It holds 10 National Collections. The botanic garden also forms an oasis of tranquility in Cambridge and is frequently used as a place to escape to for lunch by workers in the surrounding area.
The garden was created for the University of Cambridge in 1831 by Professor John Stevens Henslow, probably best remembered today for teaching the naturalist Charles Darwin. It was opened to the public in 1846.
Regular public events and courses are organised in the botanic garden including the hugely popular Apple day. Other events in 2005 included:
Many of these events are run or supported by the Friends of Cambridge Botanic Garden who support the garden by volunteering and helping raise funds.