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Bristol’s Best Bits: Bristol University Botanic Gardens

As I write this, I am watching the grey sky and rain trickle down the windows, and am wondering where all that summer weather went to.  A couple of months ago now, just as the spring weather was starting to blossom, myself and Lyzi of Being Little fame took a trip up Clifton way to pay the Bristol University Botanic Gardens a visit.

This place is truly heaven for horticulturalists, or anyone who likes standing in a room full of succulents to take photos for Instagram. It’s versatile that way.

bristol university botanic gardens
glasshouse full of cacti at bristol university botanic gardens

bristol university botanic gardens

If you’re lucky enough to be attending Bristol University, you have the opportunity to live in this stunning Victorian house (below) and have this amazing place as your own personal gardens. I suspect that this privilege is reserved for botany students, or the very well behaved, as I can’t imagine any freshers weaving their way back through here after a few pints.

house at bristol university botanic gardens
bristol university botanic gardens

Bristol University Botanic Gardens are located in Stoke Bishop, a very short drive away from the Downs at the top of Whiteladies Road. They often have open days and events running throughout the year (usually in the warmer months) and offer a range of courses and workshops too – find out more here.

bristol university botanic gardens
bristol university botanic gardens
prehistoric jungle at bristol university botanic gardens

By far our favourite aspect was the absolutely stunning glasshouses, containing a myriad of succulents of all different colours, cacti of all different shapes and tropical plants of all different descriptions. I had a bit of a soft spot for the prehistoric area as well; I have this thing for ferns, and would very much like to fill my house with their delicate little fronds. I’m not the best plant mum though, and seem to have a bit of a death touch when it comes to houseplants. If anyone knows of any bombproof varieties, I am all ears!

All photos are by me, except the one of me which was taken by Lyzi.

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