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Botanic Garden National Gardens Scheme open day and jazz concert

The Blue Notes jazz band

The Blue Notes jazz band

Press release issued: 3 July 2013

Two popular events will take place at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden this July. The garden will hold a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) open day this Sunday [July 7] and later in the month [Saturday 20 July] a summer jazz concert with the Blue Notes.

Members of the public visiting the garden this weekend will enjoy large floral diversity displays illustrating pollination and flowering plant evolution.  A network of paths lead visitors through collections of Mediterranean flora, rare natives, useful plants (including European and Chinese herbs) and those that illustrate plant evolution.

The garden is home to the Giant Amazon Water Lily, Victoria amazonica, with leaves 1.5 metres in diameter, the Sacred Lotus collection, many tropical fruits and medicinal plants, and Wolly, the famous Wollemi Pine.

There will be special tours of the garden throughout the day, plant sales and refreshments.

Finally, on Saturday 20 July, the Blue Notes jazz band, featuring vocalist Hannah Wedlock, will play at the garden. The music starts at 7 pm with a guided tour of the garden at 4.30 pm. Tickets are priced at adults £10 in advance, £12 on the night, children free.

Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: “This is the 33rd year the Botanic Garden has opened for the National Gardens Scheme.  Over the years thousands of visitors have enjoyed the garden at its best and raised money for the scheme.

“The summer jazz concert is another popular event in the garden’s calendar.  As those who have attended will know, the garden is the perfect setting for this concert and in true British style the show goes on come rain or shine, so bring some friends, a cushion, a picnic and umbrella if wet.”

Sunday 7 July - Botanic Garden National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Open Day from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is £4.50 (including Friends of the Garden), children free. Ticket includes a tour of the garden. Proceeds to the NGS and University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

Saturday 20 July – The Blue Notes in the Botanic Garden at 7 pm. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the night (subject to availability), children free.

Ticket numbers are limited and should be obtained in advance from John Leach, 17 Ashton Crescent, Nailsea BS48 2JR, tel 01275 854992. Please enclose SAE and make cheques payable to FUBBG.  Credit card facility available.

Further information is available from the Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS8 1JG, tel 0117 331 4906 or email


Further information

About the Botanic Garden

July, August and September: Open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm [except for events].

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 Holmes

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 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.

About the National Gardens Scheme (NGS)

NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome around 750,000 visitors every year. Some are privately owned and open just a few times a year; some open as part of a group with the whole community involved; and others, such as the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, are usually open to the public but choose to support the NGS on certain days.

The proceeds from NGS Open Gardens; including admission, plant sales and refreshments; are donated directly to the charity (although a small proportion may be donated to a nominated local charity). The NGS currently gives away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities, a total of more than £25 million over the past 15 years. Office overheads are small and most of the scheme’s work is carried out by volunteers in county teams so more than 80p in every pound raised goes directly to the NGS’s beneficiaries.

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