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February 2021
£115

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

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 11:00 am to Wednesday 28 April 2021 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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April 2021
£95

Botanical Art: Virtual Drawing and Painting with Jenny Brooks

Monday 26 April 2021 at 1:00 pm to Monday 7 June 2021 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 summer term’s classes take place on Mondays online from Monday 26th April 2021 from 1.00pm - 4.30pm.…

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June 2021
£65

Introduction to Bryophytes

Thursday 3 June 2021 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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£65

Introduction to Ferns and some Associated Organisms

Friday 4 June 2021 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 ferns 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. 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 tell us much…

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July 2021

Displays Decoded by Alex Hirtzel

Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 10:00 am to Friday 1 October 2021 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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This year sees the return of art in the Garden with Alex Hirtzel's 'Displays Decoded', an interactive exhibition enabling visitors to see the natural world as they've never seen it before. Alex has collaborated with University behavioural ecologist Dr Dave Lawson and his colleagues in the School of Biological Sciences to examine previously undiscovered ways in which pollinators are attracted to and interact with plants, collectively known as ‘sensory modalities.’ Through interactive sculptures, ultra-violet prints and heat sensitive materials, Alex’s…

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National garden Scheme open day

Sunday 11 July 2021 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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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 1927 initially to support district nurses; there are now over 3500 gardens across the country open as part of the scheme which last year raised £3.1 million for nursing and health charities. Here at the Botanic Garden there will be tours, displays, plant sales, refreshments and, fingers crossed, lovely sunshine.…

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August 2021
Free

The IsamBards

Sunday 8 August 2021 at 2:00 pm 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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The IsamBards – four Bristol poets who have led popular poetry walks around the Botanic Garden in the past – will be popping up in several beautiful spots in the garden on Sunday 8th August from 2.00 p.m. Come and add to the pleasures of the garden in bloom with a pertinent poem or two from David Johnson, Deborah Harvey, Dominic Fisher and Pameli Benham – free with entry price.

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£15

Jazz: Blue Note and Hannah Wedlock

Saturday 14 August 2021 at 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Blue Notes Band perform at the Garden We are delighted that we are able to once again hold the annual jazz concert with the Blue Note and Hannah Wedlock. Over the years the Blue Notes has developed its own unique style and repertoire encompassing traditional, swing and mainstream jazz.  They are a fixture in the Bristol Jazz scene and have regularly played festivals and clubs around the West country. An additional delight is the appearance of the…

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Meet the artist and the scientist behind ‘Displays decoded’.

Friday 20 August 2021 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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What happens when science meets art? Find out with this exciting opportunity to meet the artist Alex Hirtzel, and behavioral Ecologist Dr Dave Lawson as they talk you though the ‘Displays Decoded’ exhibition. Alex Hirtzel will discuss her work in progress and themes of the exhibition. The talk will be followed by a short tour of the Botanic Garden with Dave Lawson looking at different flower pollination mechanisms. Please allow approximately 1 ½ hours for this event. Dates available: Wednesday…

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September 2021

The Jungle Garden – Philip Oostenbrink – Lecture

Thursday 16 September 2021 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom

Philip Oostenbrink began gardening at the age of four in his father's allotment and grandmother's garden. The jungle plant obsession took hold after a trip to Tresco on the Isles of Scilly. He is now Head Gardener at Walmer Castle where one of his first projects has been to plant a jungle garden in the moat. Philip holds four National Collections and in 2019 he and his garden featured on BBC Gardener's World. His book, The Jungle Garden, is published…

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Get Growing Garden Trail

Saturday 18 September 2021 at 10:00 am to Sunday 19 September 2021 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 participating again in this year’s trail. Now in its ninth year, Bristol Food Network’s Get Growing Trail returns for a harvest-themed weekend with 22 of Bristol’s fruit and vegetable gardens throwing open their gates on 18th and 19th September. The Trail offers the perfect opportunity for families and friends to explore the city’s community allotments, orchards, smallholdings, mini market gardens, city farms and productive parks in a safe way. Growing has improved many aspects of mental…

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Art and augmented reality

Saturday 25 September 2021 at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Discover how science, art and augmented reality can work together at our interactive workshop presented by artist Alex Hirtzel and creative director Chris Price. Gain insight into Alex’s practice and inspiration, Chris’ work at Curio-Zubr - an augmented and virtual reality studio catering to the arts, heritage and culture sector - and about how they came to work together. Learn more about how AR works as an exciting medium for artists and how it can enhance visual storytelling for education…

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Free

Growing solutions to social and global problems.

Saturday 25 September 2021 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1QE United Kingdom
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Volunteers in the Botanic Garden From climate change to mental health and wellbeing, could the answer to some of the major issues facing people and the planet be addressed through horticulture? As part of FUTURES2021 Join Nigel Dunnett, internationally renowned plantsman, landscape designer and Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield for a fascinating lecture on this subject. Nigel will be joined by Professor Jane…

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October 2021
£150

Drawn to Nature with Sheena Vallely and Pupgroup

Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 11:00 am to Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 1:00 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 drawing course all about exploring and enjoying the process of drawing. Drawing in nature and from it, can allow you to see how plants relate to one another in their natural habitat and with guidance from your tutor, you will be encouraged to learn how to draw from scratch in direct response to a whole range of plants. The botanic garden in autumn abounds with form and colour and scent and it will be your drawing studio…

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Free

Oxford Botanic Garden symposium. Celebrating Botanic Gardens: Past, Present and Future.

Thursday 21 October 2021 at 2:00 pm to Friday 22 October 2021 at 7:30 pm

Oxford Botanic Garden is hosting a free, online symposium to explore the vital role played by Botanic Gardens around the world. Welcoming renowned speakers to this international arena, the talks provide a unique opportunity for the public to see behind the scenes of plant science, presented by the people who are working to secure a greener future, including our own Curator Nick Wray. The conference covers a range of topics and will include something for everyone to enjoy; from students…

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Gardens of the Mediterranean – Mike Nelhams – Lecture

Thursday 21 October 2021 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Zoom

Mike Nelhams, AHRHS, FI Hort, Curator, Tresco Abbey Garden, studied for three years at the RHS Garden, Wisley and first went to Tresco on a Studley Trust Scholarship as a student in 1976. After managing a woodland garden in Sussex for five years he returned to Tresco Abbey Garden in 1984 as Head Gardener and then in 1994 took the post which was established for him of Garden Curator. He is an RHS judge on the Tender Plants Committee and…

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£70

Introduction to Ferns and some Associated Organisms

Monday 25 October 2021 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This is a one-day course to introduce and develop understanding of ferns 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. 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 tell us much…

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November 2021

Designing with plants – Fergus Garrett – Lecture

Thursday 18 November 2021 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Zoom

Fergus is Head Gardener at Great Dixter House and Gardens.  Born in Brighton to an English father and Turkish mother, Fergus spent his formative years in Istanbul, Turkey. On returning to the UK, after school in Brighton he studied horticulture at Wye College, University of London. He has a deep connection with Great Dixter as a result of his relationship with Christopher Lloyd who he joined as his head gardener in 1993 and very much enjoys the interplay between the…

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December 2021
£70

Introduction to Bryophytes

Friday 3 December 2021 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

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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£45

Traditional Botanical Painting and Drawing with Jenny Brooks

Friday 10 December 2021 at 10:00 am to 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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The study of plants has always gone hand in hand with art; exquisite botanical painting and drawing bringing specimens to life. Join Senior associate Jenny Brooks Dip.AD, ATC who will be running workshops on the 10th December. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, Jenny will show you techniques honed over an impressive career, so you can learn how to approach Traditional Botanical Painting and Drawing from plant specimens. You can attend for two days or just one day…

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