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See Summer arrive on the Floating Ballast Seed Garden
Sat 21 May, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm BSTFree
SATURDAY 21 May 2016 10 to 5.00
Join us in Castle Park to view volunteers from the University of Bristol Botanic Garden in their annual planting of the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
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.
Volunteers from the University of Bristol Botanic Garden will be on hand to explain more about the garden and the planting scheme.
Free. Drop by and see us. No booking required.