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The Bishop’s Palace Gardens, past, present and future – James Cross – Lecture

Thursday 21 November at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

James, who is the Head Gardener at the Bishop’s Palace Gardens in Wells, has enjoyed gardening since primary school. After a degree in landscape management at Hadlow College he worked a sandwich year placement at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and continued working there part time to the end of his course. He had a temporary placement at Sheffield Park Gardens before starting at The Courts Garden in Wiltshire. After five years he moved to his current role as Head Gardener at The Bishop’s Palace. When he started at The Palace they had 25,000 visitors, now they have 120,000. In 2004 he had one full-time gardener and one volunteer, now he has three full-time staff and one part-time and nearly 30 volunteers! They have developed a blank canvas into what is now a beautiful and very diverse garden.

The talk looks at the history of the gardens, the recent developments that have been inspired by historic sketches and photographs, and the planting combinations and styles.

This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

Lectures will be held at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL. All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March when the lecture follows the AGM) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card; guests will be asked for a donation (suggested £5). Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns.

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible. Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps. If you require support due to a disability please email Sally Meadows:


Thursday 21 November
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Friends of the Garden


The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory
University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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