Impressive gardens at Downing College

Hidden away in the heart of Cambridge, Downing College's 20 acre site contains an impressive diversity of gardens, lawns, trees and flowers, from the expanse of the Quadrangle lawns, to the unusual mixed borders of the Sunken garden and the rich assortment of trees in the Fellows' Garden.

Limes, maples and a dawn redwood in the Paddock offer further variety, whilst the wild flower habitat lures bees and butterflies and the hazel spinney attracts wildlife. 

The East Lodge Garden has an extensive collection of trees, such as birch and snake bark maple with their ornamental bark and an indian bean with its large floppy leaves and thin green pods. 

Through an archway, pillar crabs, irises and clematis can be found in a secret Rose Garden, alongside breeding and feeding bird boxes and bumblebee nesters.

Plan of Downing.

Winter at Downing


Spring at Downing


Summer at Downing


Autumn at Downing

Autumn photograph courtesy of HC Hernandez