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Rare native plants of the Avon Gorge
Saturday 15 June at 10:00 am to Sunday 23 June at 5:00 pm| Free
Enjoy a collection of original paintings and drawings by local botanical artists which record the rare and endangered plants of the Avon Gorge. The artists are Annie Morris, Jenny Brooks, Anne Girling, Andrea Pomroy, Erica Thomas and Fiona Williams. They were all Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and at the request of the Curator, Nicholas Wray, undertook to record the rare and endangered plants grown in the conservation zone of the Botanic Garden.
The skill of botanical illustration is to create a true and accurate representation of a plant, recording details and highlighting distinguishing features in order to help botanists identify it. In botanical illustration, the emphasis is on scientific recording of roots, seeds, leaves and flowers and drawings can include the life cycle of the plant or dissections of it.
Beneath the bridge, the Avon Gorge is home to many Rare or Nationally Scarce species, including Round-Headed Leek Allium sphaerocephalon, Bristol Rock-Cress Arabis scabra, Western Spiked Speedwell Veronica spicata subsp. hybrida, Fingered Sedge Carex digitata, Autumn Squill Scilla autumnalis, Rock Stonecrop, Sedum fosterianum and Pale St. John’s-Wort Hypericum montanum. It is a nationally important place for the emergence of new species of Whitebeams, eg. Bristol whitebeam Sorbus bristoliensis and Houston’s whitebeam Sorbus x houstoniae.
Although the works are not for sale, cards of the artists work will be available from the gift shop.