Please note: on 10 August 2022, the garden will be busier than usual while we host our summer family picnic! Everyone is welcome to use and enjoy the space throughout the event, but if you’re looking for a more peaceful visit, we recommend coming at another time.
Visiting 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 wildflower bank, woodland area and a variety of fruit trees.
The garden features a 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.
Many of our events and activities are inspired by the garden, including museum trails, workshops and regular sessions for toddlers. Visit the What’s On to find out more.
Our trails are designed to help families explore the garden. You can download copies to bring on your visit:
The garden is cared for by the University of Reading Grounds Team and MERL volunteers.
Before you visit, please check The MERL’s COVID updates blog for the latest visitor information.