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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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January 2022

How DNA changed plant taxonomy – Dr Kálmán Könyves – Lecture

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

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
Zoom

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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Traditional Botanical Painting and Drawing with Jenny Brooks

Sunday 27 February at 10:00 am to Sunday 6 March 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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March 2022

Curator’s spring tour

Sunday 6 March 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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Join Curator, Nick Wray, for a spring tour of the Botanic Garden. In March there are bulbs on the ground and blossom in the trees as the season well and truly has winter in the rear view mirror. He will then guide you into the different worlds experienced in the glasshouses where you will find flowering orchids, bromeliads and South African bulbs. Come rain or shine there will be plenty to see. Tours are an excellent opportunity to hear updates…

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AGM + Lecture by Maisie Brett

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

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. Invasive plants now cover over 10% of South Africa's land mass. In this talk Maisie will explore the role of invasive acacias in endangered fynbos habitats, and how they alter the pollination of native plants in a global biodiversity hotspot. Due to the…

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April 2022
£10

Easter Sculpture Festival

Friday 15 April at 10:00 am to Monday 18 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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Mars, by Lucianne Lassalle It's back!  The Easter Sculpture Festival returns for the first time since 2019. The ephemeral sounds of melodious Zen bells chiming on trees, enchanting pond lily ceramics and the mesmerising sight of the potter’s wheel are all features of this year’s Festival. New sculptors include Simon Probyn, Sonya Wilkins and Geoff Hannis. Visitors will be able to view and buy sculpture, enjoy demonstrations of willow weaving, pottery and woodworking and take a…

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May 2022
£145

Introduction to flowering plant families and how to identify them.

Friday 27 May at 10:00 am to Friday 10 June at 4:30 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 Dr Paul Smith for a one day workshop to introduce the method of plant identification. Identifying an an unfamiliar plant is easier if you know the family to which it belongs. This is a skill that may be learned in the UK and then applied to the flora of any country, anywhere in the world. The morning theory session will look at a selection of flowering plant families and their identification. This will include important characteristics, how to study…

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June 2022

Chemigram workshop

Wednesday 1 June 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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Join Sophie Sherwood for a Chemigram workshop. Chemigram printing involves using light sensitive paper with resists such as vaseline to experiment with printmaking techniques. Learn how to make your own darkroom chemistry at home so you can experiment using these with the resists. In this workshop you will use plants from the Botanic Garden and different resists to build layers and so create otherworldly effects on the light sensitive paper. This workshop is aimed at adults but is suitable for…

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Lumen Printing and Cyanotype Process Workshop

Wednesday 1 June at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Wendy Leocque is a photographic artist and creative facilitator that has worked in variousdarkrooms around Bristol. As a way of introducing newcomers to alternative photographic process, Wendy teaches Lumen Printing, and Cyanotype process.These processes are a perfect fit for gardens, as your art will be created by the shrubs, blooms and leaves around you and will only need the sun to make an impression. Playing with these processes give an insight into both art and science and will definitely make…

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July 2022
£7

National garden Scheme open day

Sunday 17 July at 10:00 am to 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 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. Please…

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£10

Summer evening tours

Thursday 21 July at 6:30 pm to Tuesday 2 August at 8:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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After a hard day at work, battling with childcare or coping with the normal stresses and strains of everyday life, what could be more relaxing and enjoyable than spending the evening touring the Botanic Garden with an experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable garden guide? Many groups including gardening clubs, schools, and youth and social groups include a visit to the Botanic Garden as part of their annual programme, but this is the first time that any individual can book on a…

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£15

Friends’ Annual Jazz Concert with Blue Notes and Hannah Wedlock SOLD OUT

Saturday 23 July at 4:30 pm to 9:30 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 After the successful return of this popular event in 2021 we are once again delighted to hold our annual jazz concert with the Blue Notes and Hannah Wedlock. This year we have additional entertainment from a local ukulele band, South Bristol Ukes. In 2021, for the safety of staff, volunteers, visitors and the band, the tickets were limited to approx half capacity but although we feel comfortable with extending…

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August 2022
£11

Bee and Pollination Festival

Saturday 27 August at 10:00 am to Sunday 28 August 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 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 in our lives, see demonstrations, exhibits, and talks, buy honey and see the Botanic Garden in all its September finery. Speakers include; Dr Rowena Jenkins (Sunday 2pm) from University of Cardiff will reveal the amazing benefits of Manuka honey and its use in surgery; Dr Thomas O'Shea-Wheller (Saturday 11am) discusses…

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