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Giant frog leaps into Botanic Garden for Easter

A frog made from oak

A frog made from oak Reece Ingram

Press release issued: 2 April 2012

The University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden will host its first ever major sculpture exhibition this Easter from Good Friday [April 6] to Easter Monday [April 9].

The exhibition, to open the garden’s 2012 season, will take place from Good Friday [April 6] to Easter Monday [April 9] from 10 am to 5 pm. 

The metalwork, stained glass, steel, wood, paper and glass sculptures will be sited in strategic positions around the garden forming a sculpture trail.  Each area has been carefully chosen to create a site of unique character in which the artists will display their work. 

Inspired by the natural beauty of the garden, the sculptors taking part in the exhibition include Willa Ashworth, Nigel Cann, Reece Ingram, Jude Goss of Lucian Stained Glass, Susan Long, Susan Lovatt, Metalgnu: Julian P Warren, Pete Moorhouse, Aili Purdy, Adele Christensen and Patrick Small.

The artists will be on site over the weekend to talk with visitors about their work.

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: “We are delighted to host the first exhibition of sculpture at the Botanic Garden displaying a wide variety of beautiful, inspirational pieces of work from talented artists.

“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 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. 

Sculpture at the University Botanic Garden will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Good Friday, 6 April until Easter Monday, 9 April. Light refreshments will be available.

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


Further information

Opening times for the Botanic Garden:

April and May. Open Monday to Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 4.30pm.

June, July, August and September. Open Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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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