The Development of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Nick Wray, Curator, Wednesday 24 January, 7.30 pm at Westbury-on Trym Methodist Church.

In 2002, the history of the Botanic Gardens of the University of Bristol was published under the title How did this Garden Grow?  The last chapter of the book is entitled, Bracken Hill, The Botanic Garden Today.  In the foreword, the President of the Friends of the Garden wrote that Bracken Hill faced an uncertain future and that a new site, at the University property at The Holmes at Stoke Bishop, close to the Bristol Downs, was under consideration. In 2005, the transplantation took place.

Nick Wray, who joined the Garden staff in 1984 and was appointed as Superintendent in 1992 and Curator in 2004, was one of the team who planned and carried out the move.  Within less than 2 hectares, the Garden displays some 4,500 species.  In 2016 Nick was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Associate of Honour for his distinguished service to horticulture.   In this lecture, Nick will bring the story of the development of the Bristol University of Bristol Botanic Garden up to date.

All Society members are cordially invited.

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