Wolfson College Gardens


Barton House Garden with Lee Library in the background

The College gardens are a great source of pride at Wolfson and our thanks go to Head Gardener, Phil Stigwood, and his team: Gardeners Luke Hale and Philip de Luca

Phil is always keen to share his knowledge of the gardens and how he has developed the planting over the years. Included here are lists of all the plants in the Winter Garden and the Fuchs House Antarctic-themed Garden as at January 2017. You may also like to read this article on the bark, berries and foliage of Wolfson College Gardens. Finally, here are lists of the clematis and rose varieties we have in the garden.

Phil has also recorded two short videos (with thanks to Matt Harris, alumnus 2009):
Introduction to the Gardens and The Winter Garden.

We are fortunate that, although most of the buildings are relatively new, the site is well established, and much of the land now occupied by the College was laid out as gardens belonging to houses in Selwyn Gardens and Barton Road in the first half of the twentieth century.As the College has grown certain landmark trees, such as the mulberry outside the Porters' lodge, have been retained as features alongside the new planting.

As well as bringing you news of tours and seasonal highlights to watch out for, these pages offer a gallery of seasonal photographs showing some of the best views of the site at different times of year.

Visiting the Gardens at Wolfson

Phil Stigwood occasionally gives a guided tour of the Gardens to local interested groups; please email him to enquire. 

Wolfson also opens its gardens to the public as part of the NGS Open Gardens network in the summer and during the Open Cambridge weekend in September.