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Plant celebrations at Bristol Zoo Gardens

May 1st, 2008

Bristol Zoo Gardens is joining botanic gardens and zoos across the globe this month to celebrate the wonderful world of plants.

On Sunday, May 18 the Zoo will highlight the importance of plants to people and the planet through its Plant Conservation Day.

The Zoo will be hosting a variety of themed events; from gardens walks and talks and an exhibit on really useful plants, to talks on the medicinal value of plants, and a rare orchid display by Chelsea gold medal winners, Writhlington School near Radstock.

There will also be a selection of events in the week leading up to Plant Conservation Day. On top of all this, visitors will be able to enjoy the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, colourful bedding and borders in full, spring-time bloom.

A representative from Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) will even be visiting the Zoo on Sunday May 18 in support of the event.

Bristol Zoo Gardens’ curator of horticulture, Eddie Mole, said: “This is the first year we have been involved with Plant Conservation Day and I am really pleased with the level of support the event has received.

“It’s fantastic that we have been able to get such a good quality range of events and displays and we are very much looking forward to this event. We hope it will set a good example to other zoos and botanic gardens in Europe to get involved in Plant Conservation Day in future.”

Activity overview:

Marvel at stunning array of award-winning orchids in a display by pupils from Writhlington School, held at Bristol Zoo Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18.

From May 14-18 there will be a ‘Conservation In Action’ display to show how Bristol Zoo Gardens’ horticultural experts grew the rare and notoriously fussy greater water parsnip for a joint re-introduction project with Natural England.

Join Natasha Devere, from the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, for a talk on Medicinal Plants. Running at 12pm, 2pm & 3pm in the Zoo Education Centre on Sunday, May 18.

Join the Avon Gorge Walk at 2pm on May 18 to see rare local species and Bristol Zoo Gardens’ conservation work in action.

Visit the staff and friends of the Bristol Botanic Gardens in a plant filled tent at Bristol Zoo on May 17 and 18, to find out about their rare native plant collection. Experts will also be on hand to answer your questions. Bristol Botanic Gardens will also be hosting walks and talks of their gardens

Join Bristol Zoo’s curator of horticulture, Eddie Mole, on a walk around the Zoo gardens to highlight some species from the Zoo’s extensive plant collection. Walks and talks held at various times throughout Wednesday May 14 to Sunday May 18.

Take part in the Really Useful Plants Exhibit Quiz to find out how much you know about the glorious green stuff. There will also be an interactive Oxygen production display where visitors can learn about the vital role plants play in producing oxygen. Running from May 14-18 on the Zoo’s Herbaceous lawn.

For more information on these events please call 0117 974 7300