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November 2019

Bryophytes and Ferns with Dr Paul L Smith

Friday 29 November 2019 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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This is a two-day course to introduce and develop understanding of bryophytes and ferns and to develop skills in their identification. It is aimed at beginners. Students can attend one or both days. This course will open the door to a fascinating group of organisms able to tell us much about the environments in which they are found and how these might be changing. Bryophytes and their distribution patterns can tell us how the environment itself is evolving due to…

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£65

Plant preparations and herbal pharmacy with Chris Roe

Saturday 30 November 2019 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Juleps, oxymels, liniments, emplaisters, syrups, cordials, glycerites, tinctures- there are many diverse ways to make herbal preparations bounded only by your imagination and ingenuity.  Spend a day learning about different herbal preparations and how you can easily make them at home for your personal medicine chest or for beautiful hand-made gifts. Chris Roe was trained at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and has his own medicinal herb garden in the North of Bristol from which he runs his herbal apothecary.…

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December 2019
£50

Christmas wreath making

Saturday 7 December 2019 at 1:00 pm to Sunday 8 December 2019 at 4:30 pm

It’s that time of year again, when you can take some time out and enjoy a minced pie while you create your own Christmas wreath. There will be lots of traditional greenery and seasonal treats from the hedgerow to choose from, so you can make your wreath as wild and natural as you dare. Feel free to bring any of your own items to add a personal and unique touch. There are two workshop dates to choose from; Saturday 7th December and Sunday…

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January 2020
£30

Botanical Latin simplified

Saturday 11 January at 9:30 am to 1:00 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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Have you ever wondered why we use Botanical Latin? Do you struggle with long, unpronounceable plant names? Are you frustrated when your favourite plant’s name changes? Come on a journey of discovery with Julie Henderson, revealing the delights of Latin plant names, and how they help us as gardeners. Looking back to the early Plant Collectors, through the Linnaean classification system, and into the future with fascinating current research; all illustrated using the exciting plant displays within the Botanic Garden,…

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Planting the Oudolf Gardens at Hauser and Wirth, Bruton, Somerset – Rory Dusoir – Lecture

Thursday 16 January at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Frank Theatre,
Tyndall Avenue
BRISTOL, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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Rory Dusoir decided to pursue a career in horticulture while studying for a classics degree at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating, he worked at Great Dixter as assistant head gardener prior to undertaking the prestigious Kew Diploma. He has been head gardener at Howe Mill, Wiltshire and Stud House, a private estate within the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. During these years, he was given some freedom to develop his own distinctive planting style. In 2016, Rory set up the…

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£50

Seasonal gardening – make the best of your garden in time for spring

Saturday 25 January at 10:00 am to 4:00 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 Christine Pritchard for an informal and supportive workshop with lots of opportunities to discuss aspects of the garden that are relevant to the coming gardening season. This might range from pruning and propagation to lawn maintenance. You will be introduced to a range of plants that will make your garden more beautiful every spring. We will concentrate on the decorative aspects of your garden so we will not cover fruit or vegetable production. The aim is to make every…

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February 2020
£115

Drawing in the Glasshouses with Sheena Vallely and Pupgroup

Wednesday 5 February at 11:00 am to Wednesday 8 April at 7:00 am
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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A drawing course to improve your drawing and your observational skills, with instruction and guidance from a qualified teacher. Located in the glasshouses, each morning you will be encouraged to make studies from a unique botanical collection from climates across the world. For all abilities with a curiosity for drawing from nature in an inspiring environment. Wednesdays 11am – 1pm 10 classes Fee £115 Maximum of 8 people Testimonial : "Thank you for the course. It was really great and…

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Food for insect pollinators in towns and cities – Nick Tew – Lecture

Thursday 20 February at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
United Kingdom
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Nick is just starting his third year of studies for a PhD at the University of Bristol working in Professor Jane Memmott's community ecology group. His current research focuses on the conservation of insect pollinators in an urban setting. Previously, he has worked on bumblebee foraging behaviour as part of his master's at Imperial College and web building behaviour in spiders at the University of Oxford during his undergraduate degree. In his spare time he is a keen gardener and the proud owner of a wildlife-friendly allotment. Towns and…

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Herald the spring with a special tour with the Curator

Sunday 23 February at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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A stroll around the Botanic Garden really raises your spirits whatever the weather. Curator, Nick Wray, will be leading his first tour of the year to show some of the secret surprises in the garden in winter. Delight in the fragrant plum blossom of Prunus mume which features in so many Chinese silk paintings. Also look out for hellebores, winter box, snowdrops, winter aconites and crocus through the Garden. The Curator will then guide you into the different worlds experienced…

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March 2020
£120

Vegetable growing course

Monday 2 March at 6:30 pm to Monday 6 April at 8:30 pm
The Bradley Room,
University of Bristol, Botanical Garden, Hollybush Lane
BRISTOL, Bs9 1JG United Kingdom
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Growing vegetables is hugely rewarding and with more people taking on an allotment for the first time or growing vegetables in a small home plot. Informally taught without exams or tests this evening class will give you a chance to grow your own vegetables with confidence and meet like- minded growers from the surrounding area. Our expert will explain the basics of setting up a growing space; including maintaining a healthy soil, crop planning, crop rotation and plant families, common…

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£35

Spring herbs for spring cleanse

Saturday 14 March at 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Traditionally the first green spring growth was important for country dwellers as a welcome relief from the stored food of winter, high in fat and protein but low in vitamins and minerals. Many of these spring herbs were known to be active against scurvy due to their high vitamin and mineral content. The high mineral content probably plays a major role in the cleansing action of these herbs on the lymph, kidneys and bowels and can be important in helping…

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Friends’ AGM & Lecture – Cancelled

Thursday 19 March at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
United Kingdom
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WE ARE SORRY TO ADVISE THAT IN VIEW OF THE RISK TO ALL CONCERNED THE FRIENDS AGM AND LECTURE DUE TO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY 19 MARCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  We hope that we will be able to rearrange the lecture by Dr Kálmán Könyves at a later date. Further information will be issued regarding the AGM in due course.

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£55.00

Spring photography workshop – CANCELLED

Saturday 21 March at 10:00 am to 4:00 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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A not to be missed opportunity for a small group interested in plant and garden photography to spend a day working with professional photographer Graham Parish. Join Graham for a guided walk around the Botanic Garden to identify Spring highlights followed by the opportunity to capture high quality images with guidance from the tutor. The day will conclude with an informal, friendly discussion about your achievements from the day and a chance to ask further questions. Anyone wishing to improve their digital outdoor photography should benefit from…

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£12

Spring foraging herb walk with Chris Roe – CANCELLED

Sunday 29 March at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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With winter drawing to a close and the Garden waking up, come and celebrate the coming of spring with a herb walk. The Herb Garden will be full of flower and Chris Roe will highlight the common plants of springtime and how they can be used for food or medicine. There will be a particular focus on the traditional use of spring herbs as blood tonics and tissue cleansers for clearing out the dregs of winter. After the walk feel…

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April 2020

Easter Sculpture festival – CANCELLED

Friday 10 April at 10:00 am to Monday 13 April at 5:00 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 has taken the decision to cancel this event; taking into consideration the age of our volunteers and the numbers of people who visit the festival, we have decided that a cancellation is the only responsible course of action.  Carboniferous limestone giants striding through a prehistoric forest, the delicate sounds of ceramic Zen bells chiming on trees, mosaic foxes and the mesmerising sight of the potter’s wheel are all features of this year’s Sculpture Festival. The Botanic Garden…

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Drawing Outdoors and Online with Pick up a Pencil group

Wednesday 22 April to Friday 22 May

An online and outdoors aimed drawing course to explore and to improve your drawing, to experience and appreciate nature and to be part of a group of like-minded individuals. The course will be conducted by email and a WhatsApp group. Details of the week’s lesson will be emailed out in advance and there will be a video call at the start of each lesson. Group members will upload their drawings weekly to their appointed WhatsApp group whereupon they will be…

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May 2020

Botanical Art: Drawing and Painting with Jenny Brooks POSTPONED

Monday 11 May to Monday 15 June
The Bradley Room,
University of Bristol, Botanical Garden, Hollybush Lane
BRISTOL, Bs9 1JG United Kingdom
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This 21 week 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. It is hoped that students will follow all three terms of this course (Autumn 7th Oct – 9th Dec; Spring 13th Jan…

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£50

Seasonal gardening – make the best of your garden in time for summer CANCELLED

Saturday 30 May at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Bradley Room,
University of Bristol, Botanical Garden, Hollybush Lane
BRISTOL, Bs9 1JG United Kingdom
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Join Christine Pritchard for an informal and supportive workshop with lots of opportunities to discuss aspects of the garden that are relevant to the coming gardening season. This might range from pruning and propagation to lawn maintenance. You will be introduced to a range of plants that will make your garden more beautiful every summer. We will concentrate on the decorative aspects of your garden so we will not cover fruit or vegetable production. The aim is to make every…

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June 2020

Live tour with the Curator

Wednesday 17 June at 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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The Mediterranean display Join the Curator as he shows you the plants of interest in the Garden right now. Mid-June sees the Garden in full summer regalia with plants and insects at their most industrious. The tour will take in the Mediterranean display, rare native collection and, if wet, a walk through the glasshouses. The tour will be streamed live on Facebook, so go to our page here and get a Curator's eye view of the…

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July 2020

Live Curator’s tour

Wednesday 1 July at 6:00 am to 6:45 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Join the Curator as he shows you the plants of interest in the Garden right now. We've passed midsummer's day and the season is in full swing, flower is at its most abundant and many displays are at their height. The tour will be streamed live on Facebook, so go to our page here and get a Curator's eye view of the Botanic Garden; you don't need a Facebook account to view the video, and after the event the video…

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