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Art and augmented reality

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

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 […]

Growing solutions to social and global problems.

The Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building Queens Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

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 […]

Free

Drawn to Nature with Sheena Vallely and Pupgroup

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

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 […]

£150

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

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 […]

Free

Gardens of the Mediterranean – Mike Nelhams – Lecture

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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 […]

Introduction to Ferns and some Associated Organisms

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 […]

£70

Designing with plants – Fergus Garrett – Lecture

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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 […]

Introduction to Bryophytes

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 […]

£70

Traditional Botanical Painting and Drawing with Jenny Brooks

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

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, […]

£45

How DNA changed plant taxonomy – Dr Kálmán Könyves – Lecture

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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 […]

The view from Federal Twist – James Golden – Lecture

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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 […]

Traditional Botanical Painting and Drawing with Jenny Brooks

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

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 […]

Curator’s spring 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 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 […]

AGM + Lecture by Maisie Brett

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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 […]

Easter Sculpture Festival

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

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 […]

£10

Introduction to flowering plant families and how to identify them.

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

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 […]

£145

Chemigram workshop

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

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 […]

Lumen Printing and Cyanotype Process Workshop

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

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, […]

National garden Scheme 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 1927 […]

£7

Summer evening tours

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

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 […]

£10