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Botanic Garden Audio trail

An audio tour of the Botanic Garden, University of Oxford, told by its gardeners and author Philip Pullman.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 21. Philip Pullman The celebrated author shares his passion for the Botanic Garden and reads from the end of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Phillip Pullman 28 May 2012
2 20. The gunnera The plant growing on the island in the lower garden pond. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
3 19. Green gardening The new Merton borders - the latest Botanic Garden experiment. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
4 18. The Madagascan palm The palm that's not a palm! Kate Pritchard 28 May 2012
5 17. Same or different? A cactus and a euphorbia - an example of convergent evolution. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
6 16. The fight for light The rainforest and the desert in the middle of the city of Oxford. Kate Pritchard 28 May 2012
7 15. The rosy periwinkle A pink flowered plant that provides a life-saving anti-cancer drug. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
8 14. The cocoa tree The most important tree in the garden - the chocolate giving tree. Lili Friend 28 May 2012
9 13. Insect eating plants How the venus fly trap catches its food. Lili Friend 28 May 2012
10 12. The Victoria lily Lili talks about the water lilies she looks after every day. Lili Friend 28 May 2012
11 10. The black pine Hear about JRR Tolkiens favourite tree! Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
12 09. The hornbeam How photosynthesis explains why this tree has grown so large. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
13 08. Mistletoe A plant growing on a tree! Emma describes how it comes to be growing on this tree. Emma Williams 28 May 2012
14 07. The dawn redwood No-one knew this tree still existed until the middle of the last century - hear about its name and its discovery. Emma Williams 28 May 2012
15 06. The handkerchief tree At its best in May when it is covered in white handkerchiefs. Hear why the tree makes them. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
16 05. The ginkgo An ancient species that saw the dinosaurs come and go! Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
17 04. The yew tree The oldest tree in the Botanic Garden is now an important source of an anti-cancer medicine. Timothy Walker, Emma Williams 28 May 2012
18 03. The two magnolias The deciduous magnolia and the evergreen magnolia - disadvantages and advantages of two different ways to be a plant. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
19 02. What do the labels mean? An explanation of the features of the plant labels at the Botanic Garden. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
20 01. Welcome to the Botanic Garden An introduction to the Botanic Garden by the Director, Timothy Walker. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012