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September 2019
£12

Herb walk with Chris Roe

Sunday 8 September at 11:00 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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Many people are becoming interested in foraging for both food and medicine. Learn some of the basic skills in plant identification along with some of the major plant families and some of the key medicinal and edible plants in each family.  You will look at common medicinal traits in each family, which plants can easily be found, responsibly foraged and safely used, and some of the more toxic species to be aware of. Chris Roe was trained at the Scottish School…

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Free

Bristol Open Doors

Friday 13 September
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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For one day only as part of Bristol Open Doors you can visit the Botanic Garden for free on Friday 13th September. See giant waterlilies, prehistoric planting and plenty of late season colour. Bristol Open Doors celebrates the past, present and future of our city through a programme of quality events and innovative, one-off experiences, so why not kick start your weekend of discovering Bristol with a trip to the Botanic Garden!

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All about trees

Saturday 14 September at 10:00 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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During this workshop you will gain an insight into the wonderful world of trees; how to choose a small tree, how to identify trees around you and the problems and pests that might be associated with caring for them. There will also be a demonstration on how to plant and stake a tree correctly and tips on how to establish a hedge. The Botanic Garden is a perfect setting for this workshop and Roger Mellors, after a working life with…

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Curator’s September tour

Monday 16 September at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Sternbergia lutea, the autumn daffodil. Join an inspiring special tour of the Garden with the Curator, Nicholas Wray. Enjoy hearing about the new South African Rondaval and the exciting tea garden. Then, experience the secret treasures of the Amazon rainforest in the exotic glasshouses; enjoy enchanting orchids, bromeliads and a magical world of tropical food and medicinal plants. Come rain or shine there will be plenty to see. Tours are an excellent opportunity to hear updates…

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Plant hunting in Eastern Anatolia – Timothy Walker – Lecture

Thursday 19 September at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Mott Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory,
University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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Timothy joined the staff of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1980 as a trainee gardener and in 1988 became the Horti Praefectus (director), a post that he held for 26 years until July 2014. He now lectures in plant sciences at Somerville College Oxford. In May 2011 he presented a BBC4 series on the history of botany. He has travelled widely in the UK and Europe, and further afield in search of plants. In addition to working in…

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£50

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

Saturday 21 September 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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Expect an informal and supportive atmosphere 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 also be introduced to a range of plants that will make your garden more beautiful every autumn. 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 gardening season…

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£35

Herb talk – tincture making with Chris Roe

Saturday 21 September at 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Alcohol is a common medium of extraction for making plant medicine, it both extracts and preserves the medicinal properties of plants. Learn about how to make your own medicinal herb tincture for common complaints, from the most simple method to the more complex.  Which herbs give themselves well to tinctures? How do they compare to other types of preparation? How do we assess strength and potency? How does the strength of the alcohol affect the final preparation? During the workshop…

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£50

Propagation workshop

Sunday 22 September 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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An introduction to the exciting world of propagating plants. The tutor Julie Henderson will guide you through the various methods of creating new plants. You will learn the principles behind plant propagation with a general overview of the basic types of propagation for the home gardener; including seed collecting and sowing, division, layering and the various types of cuttings, including some houseplants. The practical session will focus on what is suitable for the time of year, but the skills you…

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£35

Herb talk – Physiology of stress with Chris Roe

Saturday 28 September at 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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What do we mean by stress? What are the signs and symptoms of stress? We will discuss the manifestation of stress in the nervous and endocrine systems. How stress effects the heart and blood vessels, digestive function, the liver and pancreas, the immune system and ourselves? What Herbs and Botanics can we use to help guard against stress? What does temperament tell us about our predisposition towards stress? Finally, we shall look at the role of consciousness in stress. How…

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October 2019
£35

Herb talk – Back to our senses with Chris Roe

Saturday 5 October at 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Mostly when we learn about herbs we rely upon information from a book and we think of their medicinal action in terms of biochemistry. But what can we learn about herbs from our own senses? During this workshop we will look at the 5 tastes and how taste can have specific physiologic effects as well as telling us something about its medicinal action. In the past people believed in the doctrine of signatures that a plant conveyed in its form…

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The role of Botanic Gardens as a positive force to mitigate against climate change and biodiversity loss

Monday 7 October at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Frank Theatre,
Tyndall Avenue
BRISTOL, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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The Botanic Garden and the Annals of Botany are delighted to host Dr. Paul Smith, Secretary General of the world’s largest plant conservation network, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), for this year's Annals of Botany lecture. The mission of BGCI is ‘to mobilize botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet’. Dr Smith has travelled widely, helping to set up botanic gardens and bring people together with a shared interest to…

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£30

Photography at Twilight workshop with Graham Parish

Saturday 12 October at 4:00 pm to 7:00 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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Sunset and twilight are considered by many photographers to be two of the best times in the day to take pictures. Join Graham Parish and have a look at the reasons why. The first half of the workshop will be in the classroom. We’ll have a look at some twilight images, consider how they were achieved and also consider how we can overcome some of the challenges twilight may present. In the second half we’ll go out and find some…

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Curator’s tour

Wednesday 16 October at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Join an inspiring special tour of the Garden with the Curator, Nicholas Wray. Enjoy hearing about the new South African Rondaval and the exciting tea garden. Then, experience the secret treasures of the Amazon rainforest in the exotic glasshouses; enjoy enchanting orchids, bromeliads and a magical world of tropical food and medicinal plants. Come rain or shine there will be plenty to see. Tours are an excellent opportunity to hear updates of the innumerable new developments and also learn about…

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The orchid hunter: a summer in search of our tresses and twayblades – Leif Bersweden – Lecture

Thursday 17 October at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Frank Theatre,
Tyndall Avenue
BRISTOL, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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Leif Bersweden has had a lifelong interest in nature, focusing on plants from the age of seven. He grew up in rural Wiltshire where he taught himself how to identify the local flora and now regularly leads plant identification training courses for The Species Recovery Trust. Leif graduated in biology from the University of Oxford and is now a PhD student at Kew Gardens, where his research focuses on orchid genetics. In a world where an interest in botany is…

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November 2019
£75

Tropical Terrarium workshop with Loof

Saturday 2 November at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden; potting shed,
University of Bristol, Botanical Garden, Hollybush Lane
BRISTOL, Bs9 1JG United Kingdom
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Get hands on and learn a new planting skill with Robi from Loof at one of her terrarium workshops! Learn all about the history of terrariums, how to plant one up and the plants you will be working with. You'll be shown you a quick demo before you get stuck in and plant up your own! Robi will be on hand to lend her experience and expertise. You’ll get to walk away with your beautiful creation, knowledge on how to…

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Mosses and Liverworts – Dr. Jonathan Sleath – Lecture

Thursday 21 November at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Frank Theatre,
Tyndall Avenue
BRISTOL, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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Dr. Sleath has been an amateur bryologist since 1979 when he joined the British Bryological Society as a schoolboy. He was recorder for bryophytes for Herefordshire until 2018. Bryophytes is the collective term for mosses, hornworts and liverworts, spore-producing, rather than seed-producing, plants without flowers. The British Isles support a rich and geographically diverse flora of bryophytes with more than 1000 native species (four hornworts, 298 liverworts and 767 mosses) currently known. Fifty-nine new species have been discovered in the…

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£15

Up your photography with Phil Savoie

Saturday 23 November at 10:00 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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Join award winning cinematographer Phil Savoie with these two enthralling 50 minute lectures. Phil will share local images, lens science and methods to better your photography. No matter what you shoot, sports, people, nature or astrophotography there will be useful practical tips for everyone beginner to pro. Phil has 40 years experience as a biologist, photographer and filmmaker and has worked with BBC (Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, Deep Jungle, Congo, Wild Africa, Life in the Undergrowth) and National Geographic…

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Bryophytes and Ferns with Dr Paul L Smith

Friday 29 November 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 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 at 1:00 pm to Sunday 8 December 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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