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December 2020

Anyone for cake?

Monday 14 December 2020 to Tuesday 14 December 2021

In 2014 the Friends published a cookbook with recipes for some of the delicious cakes and biscuits which had been produced by volunteers for the staff and volunteers in the mess room during the early years of the Botanic Garden’s development at The Holmes. Some of the recipes have also been used by volunteers for our open gardens scheme to provide refreshments to visitors. Whilst many of these recipes are still being enjoyed by those of us who purchased the…

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January 2021

Share your love of the Botanic Garden: purchase a day ticket as a gift.

Friday 1 January at 10:00 am to Friday 31 December at 4:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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The Botanic Garden is open to visitors, currently on weekdays only and subject to changing restrictions, but you must pre-book. We are all looking forward to when we have more freedom but with limited visitor numbers it is not always possible for Friends of the Garden to bring members of their family or friends with them when they visit. It may not be suitable to buy a full membership for them but perhaps you would like to treat someone to…

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Botanical Art: Virtual Drawing and Painting with Jenny Brooks

Monday 11 January at 1:00 am to Monday 15 March at 4:30 pm

This eight week virtual course with senior associate Jenny Brooks Dip.AD, ATC is suitable for beginners as well as returning students. Progress is via the steady development of drawing skills, observational drawing from plant specimens and water colour techniques, using sketchbooks for preparatory work. More advanced students carry out monthly assignments of increasing complexity to further the development of their own work. This spring term’s classes take place on Mondays online from Monday 11th January 2020 from 1.00pm - 4.30pm.…

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February 2021

Drawn to Nature: with Sheena Vallely and Pick Up a Pencil group

Wednesday 24 February at 11:00 am to Wednesday 28 April at 1:00 pm

This is a drawing course designed to develop your confidence in drawing and improve your drawing skills using the plants growing around you. It will give you a chance to immerse yourself in a shared experience of drawing, to allow your mind to switch off from the current alterations to our daily life and engage with the restorative powers of nature. For the present, the course will be conducted via our designated drawing group on Whatsapp and email. Every week…

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June 2021

Introduction to Bryophytes

Thursday 3 June at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
The Bradley Room,
University of Bristol, Botanical Garden, Hollybush Lane
BRISTOL, Bs9 1JG United Kingdom
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This is a one-day course to introduce and develop understanding of bryophytes and to develop skills in their identification. It is aimed at beginners. The number of species in this group and the apparent similarity between many of them can make them daunting for a novice. The terminology itself can seem impenetrable. However, this course is intended to show that, with a little help, these obstacles can be overcome, opening the door to a fascinating group of organisms able to…

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