Cambridge is not only dotted with colleges, but also with college gardens, many of them hidden.
The gardens are hidden not only from residents, and tourists, but often from undergraduates and even graduate students. These are the fellows’ gardens, resting behind walls and gates, designed, I suppose, for the contemplative moments of the teaching and research fellows once the cloisters became overrun with rowdies.
In a recent episode of BBC gardening magazine Gardener’s World, host Monty Don revisited the university where he studied, and took a look at Clare College Fellows’ Garden, perhaps the most celebrated. Don was himself not permitted to visit the gardens, and has done so now only with special dispensation. However, the Fellows’ Garden at Clare will be open to visitors for one day only, on Sunday August 9th.