The Garden

Our garden is a peaceful, green oasis in the middle of Reading. Pop in for some peace and quiet during a lunch break, or take time out during a museum visit!

As well as a large lawn – perfect for picnics  – the garden includes herbaceous borders with medicinal, culinary, and multi-purpose plants, a wild flower bank, woodland area and a variety of fruit trees.

Following our redevelopment, the garden now features a new shepherd’s hut decorated by our volunteer knitting group, fun activities for children, including a new wooden play tractor, Community Growing Spaces, and new food and crop-based planting. Find out more on Garden Projects page.

Many of our events and activities are inspired by the garden, including museum trails, workshops and regular sessions for toddlers.

The garden is cared for by the University of Reading Grounds Team and MERL volunteers.