Beautiful Bristol: University of Bristol Botanic Gardens
Does anyone else find that when autumn comes around they’re filled with a desire to fill their day with wholesome, soul-nourishing activities? I’m talking getting bundled up for long walks, spending hours sat in a sun patch reading with endless cups of tea, Sunday roasts in cosy pubs and cooking hearty meals to be enjoyed by candlelight. For me, autumn is definitely a season for looking inward. My creativity and productivity soars and I tend to focus on self-care and recovery ahead of the long dark winter which I know will sap all my energy and drive.
With that in mind, on a beautiful crisp autumn day the other weekend I decided to take a long-overdue trip to the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens.
It’s the perfect place to spend a few hours wandering around. The gardens are lush and beautiful and I was surprised to find there were a number of cool art installations too.
We loved this oversized garden bench.
It was a great place to visit in Autumn as the leaves are turning. Ideal for feet selfies, of which I take far too many! 😉
There’s a Chinese medicine garden which smells absolutely incredible. All of the herbs and plants are ordered and labelled according to the areas of the body and ailments they help with.
There was a specific garden for primaeval plants including huge ferns. My dinosaur geek inner child was loving it, it was like being in Jurassic Park. Loved this dino statue.
My favourite part was the greenhouses. They have four greenhouses, one was full to the brim of succulents and cacti – I was in heaven! The others were jungles, they were so fun. One had a huge pond in it filled with incredible lily pads which were nearly a foot wide.
I was in aloe heaven! It’s taken all my restraint to not go on a house plant shopping binge.
Everything about the below picture makes my heart happy!
It was such a lovely way to spend a grey Autumn day, and it’s another place ticked off my Bristol bucket list. Highly recommend!
Love, Sarah x