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Four-day workshop: Traditional Botanical Painting.

Linnaeus study room University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

This four-day course running during September and October will be linked with themed workshops, covering the different stages of botanical painting and drawing; suitable for both beginners and more advanced students. Sharpen up your pencils to improve your drawing skills, working from observation of different plant specimens. Explore different watercolour techniques of wet and dry […]

£196

Apple day: help make a proper Bristol cider!

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Help make a proper Bristol Cider!  More apples than you can use? Donate them to be part of our local cider project and enjoy a free cider!  Apple Day aims to reduce wastage of garden apples, bringing together the community and The Cider Box taprooms for this one-day event here at the University of Bristol […]

October Friends’ Lecture – The Bishop’s Palace Gardens Past, Present and Future

The Frank Lecture Theatre Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join James Cross, head gardener at The Bishop's Palace, as he discusses The Bishops Palace Gardens Past, Present and Future. James trained at Hadlow College in Kent and worked his sandwich year (and part time to the end of his course) at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. He then worked a placement at Sheffield Park Gardens before […]

Introduction to Bryophytes

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

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 […]

£85

Fundraising Friends’ Lecture – An Evening with Adam Frost

The Powell Lecture Theatre Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, Select a State or Province:, United Kingdom

A special fundraising lecture for the Friends' Education and Training Fund An evening with Adam Frost Join Adam Frost as he shares his life in gardening, starting out with his grandparents, then an apprenticeship in the Parks Department, time spent with Geoff Hamilton, and his story of the Chelsea Flower Show and how he ended […]

£20

Willow lantern workshop

Linnaeus study room University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join Maya Wolf and learn how to use willow to create a structure for a lantern. You will add lights and cover your structure, using tissue paper & glue to affix. If desired (and time allows) you can decorate your lantern during the workshop, or get advice / ideas for decorating at home. You will […]

£45

Elisabeth Cooper: Challenges facing arctic plants and ecosystems.

Linnaeus study room University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

We welcome Elisabeth Cooper back to Bristol to tell us more about arctic plants, the challenges facing them, and arctic ecosystems in these times of change. Elisabeth is a Bristolian, living and working in the Arctic. She is a Professor of Plant Ecology at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø and has many years […]

Friends’ lecture 2024: Sarawak Orchid project

The Frank Theatre Tyndall Avenue, BRISTOL, United Kingdom

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 […]

Winter Garden Tour | February | £12 or Free

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

An unusual chance to enjoy the Botanic Garden on a winter weekend. Wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox, a welcome sight and smell in the Garden in December. A tour of the garden […]

Friends’ Annual General Meeting

The Frank Theatre Tyndall Avenue, BRISTOL, United Kingdom

The 48th Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 at 7pm at the Frank Theatre, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL  followed by a lecture by Dr Chris Thorogood […]

Easter Sculpture Festival

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Trio of blue tits by Jo Whiteland The Easter Sculpture Festival is back once again to unveil nature’s artistry at the botanic garden. As we welcome spring with the blooming […]

£10

Four-day workshop: Traditional Botanical Painting

Linnaeus study room University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

This four-day course running during April and May over four Sundays will be linked with themed workshops, covering an introduction to the different stages of botanical painting and drawing. Beginners […]

£220

Curator’s tour

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join Curator, Nick Wray, for a spring tour of the Botanic Garden. In April there are bulbs on the ground and blossom in the trees as the season has winter […]

The Guangzhou Garden: official opening

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Join us for the formal opening of the latest addition to the Botanic Garden, The Guangzhou Garden. This exciting new garden first appeared at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower […]

National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Day

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) open day returns to the Botanic Garden this year where you can see the Garden in all its summer glory. The NGS has been running since […]

£9

Flowering plant (Angiosperm) families, or the field Botanist’s mind bungalow

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

This is an introduction to the identification of some flowering plant families, including their ecology and uses. We will consider their ecosystem services, the effect of development and land-use change, […]

£95

Jazz Concert

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Friends’ annual jazz concert with The Blue notes and Hannah Wedlock   Saturday 27 July 2024 We are again delighted to hold our annual jazz concert with the Blue Notes […]

Bee and Pollination Festival

University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

The Bee and Pollination Festival returns this year on the earlier weekend of the August bank holiday. This is a great place to learn about the vital role pollinators play […]