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An Easter egg-travaganza of botanical art

A painting of agapanthus by Di Western

A painting of agapanthus by Di Western Di Western

A painting of purple anemone by Annie Morris

A painting of purple anemone by Annie Morris Di Western

A painting of poppies by Susan Bracher

A painting of poppies by Susan Bracher Di Western

Press release issued: 19 April 2011

An exhibition and sale of original botanical art by local artists will take place over the Easter weekend [Friday 22 to Monday 25 April] at the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden.

The art exhibition and sale, to open the garden's 2011 season, will take place from Good Friday [April 22] to Easter Monday [April 25] from 10 am to 4.30 pm.  There will be a wide range of framed and unframed original artwork including paintings, drawings, prints and cards.

Three of the 33 artists taking part in the four-day exhibition are Susan Bracher, Annie Morris and Di Western.

Susan Bracher is a lifelong painter and lover of the countryside, wild life and gardens and enjoys nothing more than to be immersed in trees, grasses and flowers. Often painting out of doors, using gouache, she enjoys capturing the ever-changing freshness of nature.

Annie Morris has a degree in Botany from the University and is a full-time botanical artist.  She is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and the Society of Floral Painters and exhibits with both societies annually.  The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded her three silver-gilt medals for her illustrations.  Annie teaches regularly at the Botanic Garden and is leading a small group painting the rare and endangered plants of the Avon Gorge and South West England.

Di Western is a regular contributor and mainly concentrates on illustrative botanical paintings and atmospheric landscapes.  Last summer she painted the South African Agapanthas in full bloom on the garden's western terrace using quick drying acrylic paints.  Di is currently chair of Clifton Arts Club.

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: "There is going to be another set of wonderful original paintings that have not been exhibited previously at the garden.  Among the 33 artists, eight will be exhibiting here for the first time.

"In the garden visitors will be able to see many plants flowering earlier than normal, thanks to the recent warm conditions.  We look forward to welcoming everyone over this late Easter weekend."

The Botanic Garden has a strong evolutionary theme and cultivates over 4,500 plant species forming four core collections that illustrate plant evolution, plants from Mediterranean climates, useful plants and rare and threatened native plants to the Bristol area. 

Star attractions include an amazing dell demonstrating the evolution of land plants including the dinosaurs' favourite plants: ginkgos, cycads, tree ferns, monkey puzzles and Wolly, the Wollemi Pine.  Other delights include the Chinese and Western herb gardens and an inspiring display of plants illustrating floral diversity. 

The Easter Art Exhibition and Sale at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden will be open from 10 am to 4.30 pm on Good Friday [22 April] until Easter Monday [25 April]. Light refreshments will be available.

Entry to the Botanic Garden and exhibition is £3.50 adults; free to University staff and retired staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under 16.


Further information

The University of Bristol Botanic Garden at The Holmes will open to the public with its new 2011 programme from the Easter weekend, Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April 2011.

After Easter, the garden will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, plus Saturdays in June, July, August and September from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Admission is £3.50 adults; free to University staff and retired staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under 16.

The garden also offers private day, evening and weekend guided tours for groups and gardening or any other leisure clubs. Please contact the garden for further information. There is a charge for the guide.

Directions to the Botanic Garden

From the city centre go to the top of Whiteladies Road, at the junction and traffic lights go straight ahead across Durdham Down towards Stoke Bishop. At the traffic lights go straight ahead and take the first turning on the right into Stoke Park Road, The Botanic Garden at the Holmes is 150 m on the right.

Members of the public wishing to support the work of the Botanic Garden should join the Friends of the Garden. For more information go to or write to Susan Redfern, The Membership Secretary, 24 Dublin Crescent, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4NA.

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