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Friends’ lecture 2024: Sarawak Orchid project

Thursday 15 February at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Simon Pugh-Jones

Simon Pugh-Jones has travelled widely across the tropical world and led the Writhlington School Orchid Project in Radstock for 30 years before retiring and setting up his own nursery with his wife, Annie, on Portland.  Many Friends and visitors will have met Simon at the Botanic Garden, notably exhibiting their orchid collection during the Festivals with his knowledgeable school students.  He  is a member of the Botanic Garden Curatorial Advisory Group and is looking forward to helping the Garden continue to develop orchids across the collections.

Simon has given us a number of lectures before but this lecture will be entitled ‘Growing cool tropical orchids – learning from the mountains of Asia and the Americas’.  He will introduce diverse cool tropical habitats and their orchids as well as discussing effective cultivation to reflect these habitats.

This lecture will take place at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL. (This is where lectures took place before the pandemic.)

Lectures are free to Friends on production of their membership card. Guests will be asked for a donation (suggested £5).


Attendees can use the following University car parks: Sports Centre, The Hawthorns, Woodland Road (12, 15, 17 & 19) and University Walk

There is free on-street parking (ticket required) from 6:30pm on these streets: St Michael’s Park, Woodland Road (north), Priory Road

There is metered on-street parking on Tyndall Avenue, Elton Road and University Road.

For a map and detailed parking information please see the map linked below:

Friends Lectures Parking Guide and Map

Remote participation

We hope that as many people as possible will be able to join us in person but as we know that some are unable to travel we are arranging for most of the lectures to be live-streamed by Zoom (link will be provided nearer the time on the website and on the Friends’ enews). The lectures will not be recorded.

Friends Bristol Botanic is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: FUBBG lecture

Time: Feb 15, 2024 07:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 5686 8261

Passcode: 218383


Thursday 15 February
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden


The Frank Theatre
Tyndall Avenue
BRISTOL, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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