Friends of the Harris Garden
The Harris Garden is on the Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading, Berkshire, UK and is an important amenity open to all.
The Friends of the Harris Garden is an organisation which was formed in 1987 to support the development of the garden, in partnership with the University.
About the Harris Garden
“One of Reading’s hidden treasures” - Sarah Fleming, a visitor to the garden, quoted in the Reading Chronicle
'For me it’s a lovely large area in the centre of the city, it is something for the whole family, there is lots to learn' - Heather Skinner, Plant Heritage County Organiser
Come and enjoy this lovely garden - a haven of peace and tranquillity in the middle of Reading. With planting to provide year round interest you will always enjoy your visit. The garden covers 12 acres and is sited on the campus of University of Reading and is open to all daily, 9am-dusk.
- The Harris garden has been developing since 1987, when it was designed by Richard Bisgrove to include a number of exciting features, providing interest throughout the year.
- A major replanting programme began in 2010 to revitalise the garden.
- Under the Turkey Oaks you will find the stream, with spring and summer plants, flowing into the pool.
- Beyond the stream the meadow now has 48000 bulbs including Narcissi, Camassias and Alliums, under planted with native wild flower species.
- Further spring interest is found in the Crab Apple orchard and the Cherry circle.
- Several large herbaceous borders (e.g. Red border, Miller border, Mixed border, Gravel garden, Formal garden), provide interest and colour from Spring to Autumn.
- The Autumn border was established for autumn colour from flowers and foliage
- The gravel garden was planted in 2012 with drought loving plants.
- Our National Collection of Digitalis is to be found in various appropriate locations throughout the garden and flowering at different times in the summer.