The Garden

The evolution dell

Tree ferns growing in the evolution of land plants display.

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:

The Tropical zone

The Tropical zone, part of the glasshouse collection

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!