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Beautiful Bristol: University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

October 25, 2018

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.

Huge green leaves bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

green leaves bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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.

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hedge art installation bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

sarah walker on giant bench bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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! 😉

feet selfie in autumn leaves bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

autumn leaves bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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.

dinosaur statue bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

primeval plant life bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

tree branches against sky bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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.

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greenhouse jungle bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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tropical leaves greenhouse bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

lily pads greenhouse pond bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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I was in aloe heaven! It’s taken all my restraint to not go on a house plant shopping binge.

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echevaria plant bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

succulents in pots bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

echeverias in greenhouse bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

cacti bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

cacti garden bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

cacti in greenhouse bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

Everything about the below picture makes my heart happy!

cacti succulent greenhouse bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

sarah walker exploring cacti greenhouses bristol botanic gardens yellow feather blog

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

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