Education and tours

The Botanic Garden is used extensively by the University for teaching, research and as a venue for events. The following range of courses and tours are available to members of the public.

RHS Courses

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Students will have access to thousands of plants while learning at the Botanic Garden

These courses enable students to develop their horticultural knowledge and skills. Although they are aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in horticulture, the qualifications are also ideal for the keen gardener. Teaching takes place in our fully equipped Linnaeus study room.

The courses have proved popular with this years students:

"Excellent course delivery with good group interaction and plenty of exciting learning"

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"I am very impressed (and grateful) for the length our tutor goes to make the learning accessible, and appeal to a variety of learning styles"

"The Garden is a great resource and it's good to have the chance to see them and chat to staff and volunteers working in them."

RHS Level 2 qualifications can provide a route into the horticultural profession, they can support career development for those already working in the field of horticulture or they can provide a foundation for further learning or training.

Please note;

RHS 2 Thursday evening course now full. Taking names for September 2014.

RHS Level 3 qualifications not only offer opportunities for employment but also enable you to begin to specialise in your area of interest. They can offer proficiency for those looking for employment in horticulture, they can support further career and professional development for those already working in the field, or they can provide a basis for continued learning or training.

We offer the both the RHS theory and practical qualifications all based at the Botanic Garden.

If you have any queries regarding the RHS courses please fill out the form below or phone 0117 331 4906.




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Garden Design

Courses for those seeking a career in garden design are provided by the Garden Design School’s professional Garden Design Diploma led by highly accomplished, passionate designers and equips students with all of the practical, technical and commercial knowledge needed to become confident, successful garden designers.

For more information on any course contact botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk or phone 0117 331 4906

Short Courses

Suitable for students of all ages and backgrounds, courses are used by students wishing to improve their general knowledge and for some as a start to a career change. Courses at the Botanic Garden are offered as study days or short two day to thirty nine week courses.

Tours

Tours of the Botanic Garden are a popular way for groups of ten or more people to visit and learn more about the garden. These can be enjoyed throughout the year and outside normal opening times by prior appointment.

Tours are hosted by the garden’s team of trained volunteer guides who explain about the history and work of the garden and introduce the plant collections. The garden has a primary path network built to the latest disabled access standards allowing access to all the main collections. Toilets (including disabled) are available on site. Refreshments can be available by prior arrangement.

Public tours;

Sunday 2 February 10:00 until 12:00 - Curator's tour of the Garden.

Sunday 23 March 10:00 until 12:00 - Curator's tour of the Garden.

Book a Tour

To make a tour booking please contact the Garden Administrator: botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk or telephone 0117 3314906.

Study tours

This year's study tour in association with World Odyssey travels to the stunning island of Sicily in April and May. The spring flowers will be abundant and the temperature warm. The island has a rich and diverse history which is reflected in the architecture and historic ruins that are found throughout the island and the tour has been planned to give an introduction to the gardens, architecture and landscape of Sicily.

Download the curators letter (367kB) and the tour itinerary (109kB).

School visits

School visits are popular and are made throughout the year, but primarily in the summer term.

Primary and secondary schools use the garden each year with staff and volunteers guiding school groups around the garden. We work closely with schools with a range of themes and ideas (PDF-77.7kB) to ensure that we deliver a tour that is relevant and inspirational in support of your studies towards the National Curriculum.

Arrange a school visit

For more details on arranging a school visit please contact the Garden Administrator: botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk , telephone 0117 3314906,or download a booking form (PDF- 26.0kB). Before booking please read our guidance notes (PDF-32.6kB).

Prior to visiting the Botanic Garden with your group you must complete a garden risk assessment with a member of the Botanic Garden staff. This is normally done a week before the visit. A sample of this risk assessment is available here(PDF-77.1kB). Schools should complete their own school trip risk assessment prior to their visit. This is normally done by  the member of your team responsible for the group visit.

Chinese herb garden

Courses on traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Herbs are run by The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine utilising the Chinese Medicinal Herb Collection (part of the Useful Plants Collection). The Chinese Herb Garden is unique and attracts students from all over Europe.

More details on courses provided can be obtained from the Register.

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