Botanic Garden was a garden in Oxford. It sat next to the River Cherwell.
Will Parry and Lyra Silvertongue had to return to their own worlds forever, they agreed to sit on the bench in their respective Botanic Garden every year on 24 June.
One year, there was an extraordinary amount of starlings that had come to roost there, and every evening they would rise out of the trees like smoke. Lyra would often watch this sight from the roof of the nearby
Linnaeus Room and the Humboldt Room were located in the administrative building here.
In our world, the bench is located in the
Lower Garden of the Oxford Botanic Garden.
On the the 22 May 2019,
Philip Pullman unveiled a dæmon stainless steel sculpture of Pantalaimon and Kirjava behind this bench. This sculpture is the work of the sculptor Julian Warren.
In different botanical gardens around the world, fans of His Dark Materials organize meetings every June 21.