Big School has undergone a transformation this week, with the planting of a new landscaped garden overlooking The Plain.

In collaboration with local garden designer Sarah Harston, MCS Head Gardener, Terry and Head Groundsman, Stuart, the whole Grounds Team have worked tirelessly to transform the existing grass verge into a garden to welcome visitors to the school.

The garden is intended to be uplifting and eye-catching, as much for the public who walk by as for the pupils and staff at MCS. It is a formal design with year-round interest and the use of red flowering plants to accent the bold red hue of the school crest.


Sarah Harston, landscape gardener planting new design for Magdalen College School Oxford


A new trellis will support climbing roses which we hope will bloom for many summers to come.

The garden took around a month to design with input from the Grounds Team and MCS staff.


Magdalen College School Grounds Team working on garden next to Big School

Many thanks to Sarah Harston and the Grounds Team for creating this stunning new addition to the gardens at Magdalen College School.

Photo credit: Janey Petterson.