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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Bristol Botanic Gardens

The University of Bristol Botanic Gardens located in the Stoke Bishop area of Bristol. The University of Bristol originally established a botanic garden in 1882 at Royal Fort House and this site was later known as the Hiatt Baker Garden. The site of the Garden was used to build Senate House meaning that the botanic garden was moved to a site on Braken Hill. In 2002 the botanic collections were relocated to a site in Stoke Bishop opposite Churchill Hall where it became the first new university botanic garden to be created in thE UK in over 40 years.

Fantastic water lillies growing to an enormous size!

The evolution area shows off many ancient plants that are still with us today, such as tree ferns (dicksonia antarctica) from Australia and monkey puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana) from south America.

Native to Bristol is Sorbus bristoliensis which grows nowhere else in the world. There are believed to be just 250 trees growing in the Avon Gorge and the Bristol Botanic Garden plays a major role in the conservation of this rare plant.


In the glasshouses the frangipani (Plumeria rubra) is currently flowering. This plant is native to parts of Central and South America but it is also cultivated across many of the tropical regions of the world and has naturalised in large parts of Asia. Plumeria has become an important plant in many cultures, Pacific Islanders use it to make leis (garlands), it is often planted in cemeteries in southeast Asia and in Bangladesh the flowers are associated with funerals, in the Philippines the plant is associated with ghosts, Sri Lanka with worship and in some parts of India a Plumeria garland is exchanged at weddings


The Hot border is looking lovely in the sunshine now summer is here
Getting to Bristol is easy from most of the country, with it situated close to both the M4 and M5 motorways. If you are planning a longer stay and want to take in many of the other local attractions then The Holiday Inn at Bristol  would make a great base to explore the gardens elsewhere in Bristol.

The Bristol Botanic Gardens may only be fairly new and also modest in size, but it is well worth visiting
DG

1 comment:

  1. Wow! It looks like a fabulous place to visit. I especially love those giant lily pads!

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