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Floating Ballast Seed Garden Family Day
Sat 6 June, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm BSTFree
Meet volunteers from Arnolfini and the University of Bristol Botanic Garden at Castle Park for a bird’s eye view of the annual planting of a wonderful array of ballast seed plants on the Floating Ballast Seed Garden. Families are invited to visit our activity tent to take part in fun plant themed activities.
Talk to our friendly, knowledgeable volunteers about our amazing garden, special guest plants and hear about the ideas behind the Floating Ballast Seed Garden project.
Seeds of Change is the overall title of an on-going ballast seed garden project with Brazilian artist, Maria Thereza Alves. When ships came into port in Bristol, they were weighed down with ballast (earth, sand, rocks, etc) which they dumped onto the river banks. In this ballast were seeds carried from ports and which can lie dormant for hundreds of years. These seeds germinated and grew, contributing to the development of the ‘European’ landscape.
Working with the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Arnolfini and Bristol City Council and utilising a disused grain barge, Alves has created a Ballast seed Garden on Bristol’s Floating Harbour, populated with a variety of non-native plants, creating a living history of the city’s trade and maritime past.
Further information Ballast Seed Garden Family Day
- Sat 6 June, 2015
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Event Categories:
- Bristol and Bath, Child Friendly, Happening