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Press release issued: 20 August 2012

An exhibition and sale of original botanical artwork by local artists will take place at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden from Saturday [25 August] to Bank Holiday Monday [27 August].

The Friends' summer art exhibition and sale will take place from Saturday [August 25] to Bank Holiday Monday [August 27] from 10 am to 5 pm.  There will be a wide range of framed and unframed original artwork including paintings, drawings, prints and cards.

Two of the artists taking part in the three-day exhibition are Susan Bracher and Theo Wood.

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.

Theo Wood, a member of Bristol’s Spike Print Studio, was the Botanic Garden’s first artist-in-residence.  During Theo’s six-month residence last year she placed haikus in the garden, which are a series of texts laser cut onto bendable plywood. 

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: “This year’s event has moved from Easter to the August Bank Holiday weekend for entries to reflect the vibrant colours of summer.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the exotic glasshouses for a journey to the Amazon rainforest, the high veld in South Africa, the world’s cloud forests and a magical display of tropical food and medicinal plants.  We look forward to welcoming everyone during the 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 ‘Evolutionary Dell’ demonstrating the evolution of land plants including the dinosaurs’ favourite plants - ginkgos, cycads, tree ferns, monkey puzzles and a Wollemi Pine.  Other delights include the Chinese and Western herb gardens and an inspiring display of plants illustrating floral diversity. 

The Friends’ art exhibition and sale at the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday [25 August] until Bank Holiday Monday [27 August]. 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

About the Botanic Garden

The garden is open from Monday to Sunday in 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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