His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials
This article is about the gardens in Lyra's world. You may be looking for the gardens in Will's world.

The Botanic Garden was a garden in Oxford. It sat next to the River Cherwell.[1]

When 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.[2]

One year, there were an extraordinary number 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 Jordan College.[1]

The Linnaeus Room and the Humboldt Room were located in the administrative building here.[3]

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  • 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.[4]