University Of Bristol Botanic Garden

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University Of Bristol Botanic Garden

Welcome to a beautiful garden filled with a huge diversity of plants, including many exotic species set in inspirational displays against the backdrop of a striking Victorian house. The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is the first new University botanic garden to be created in the United Kingdom for nearly forty years. The 1.77 hectare garden has been designed to tell stories about plant evolution and is home to four core plant collections:

These collections are planted in educational displays that convey the drama of plants in the wild, aspects of their evolutionary biology and immerse the visitor in the display, transporting them to many different habitats. The large glasshouses provide the right climatic conditions for many exotic plants including cacti, orchids, carnivorous plants and unique within Bristol the giant Amazon water lily and sacred lotus collection.‌

The garden is situated in Stoke Bishop, just a few hundred meters from the edge of Durdham Down and a short walk from Bristol zoo. We provide a teaching resource for plant sciences within the University of Bristol, a centre for adult education, a resource for local schools and a new cultural attraction for the city of Bristol. Look up our opening times and see it for yourself!

Origins of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

In 1882 Bristol University College awarded their Lecturer of Botany, Adolf Leipner, a grant of £15 for the purpose of laying out a botanic garden. Leipner raised a further £89 and the garden was built on waste ground adjacent to the newly opened buildings of University College at the top of University Road, near to Royal Fort House in Clifton, Bristol. Later the garden moved to a site adjacent to Tyndall Avenue which became known as Hiatt Baker Garden.