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January 2022

How DNA changed plant taxonomy – Dr Kálmán Könyves – Lecture

Thursday 20 January at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This lecture was originally planned for March 2020 but was one of the first events to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are therefore delighted that Dr Könyvesis now able to give us this lecture.  KálmánKönyves is a botanist and horticulural taxonomist at the RHS Garden, Wisley working to ensure plants are named and classified correctly. Using molecular tools, he studies the relationship between horticulturally important plant groups in order to help stabilize their names. Traditionally the…

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February 2022

The view from Federal Twist – James Golden – Lecture

Thursday 17 February at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

James Golden is a garden-maker of international repute whose garden,Federal Twist, has featured in The New York Times, Gardens Illustrated,Horticulture, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Décor and several books.Monty Don visited Federal Twist in 2019 for the BBC series 'Monty Don's American Gardens',describing it as ‘one of the great modern gardens’ and commented after his visit, “It made me rethink what a garden can be and do”. James has published in the Journal of the Society of Garden Designers and…

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March 2022

AGM + Lecture by Maisie Brett

Thursday 17 March at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The AGM of the Friends of the Botanic Garden will be followed by a lecture by Maisie Brett, University of Bristol Life Sciences PhD student. Maisie did her masters project on plants and pollinators in South Africa.  Further details of the lecture will follow in the winter newsletter. Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends’ lectures will continue to be through Zoom for the autumn. This situation will be reviewed in the light of developments including the…

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Traditional Botanical Painting and Drawing with Jenny Brooks

Sunday 27 March at 10:00 am to Sunday 3 April at 3:00 pm
Linnaeus study room,
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Join Senior associate Jenny Brooks Dip.AD for this three-day course running from 10am until 3pm on three Sundays in February, March and April. Each day will feature themed workshops, covering the different stages of botanical painting. The workshop will suit all abilities, beginners will be welcome to work with more advanced Students. 27th February Sharpen up your pencils to improve your drawing skills, working from observation of different plant specimens. 13th March. Exploring different watercolour techniques used in botanical painting.…

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