Go behind-the-scenes in Bristol Zoo’s award-winning botanical gardens
West of England Initiative members Bristol Zoo Gardens are giving budding horticulturists now have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and find out what it takes to be a gardener.
The attraction, which has award-winning gardens, has launched a new ‘Gardener for the Day’ experience, giving people the opportunity to help care for its botanical gardens and get tips on how to recreate them at home.
The day, which runs from 8:30am-4pm, involves exploring the gardens befo
re they open to the public. Guests will also join the morning round as the animals wake up and will receive one-on-one experiences with an expert gardener.
Eddie Mole, head of horticulture at Bristol Zoo Gardens, explained: “Our gardens have been enjoyed by visitors for almost 180 years so it is a pleasure to be able to give something back to those who take such a special interest in the work we do.
“There’s lots that goes on behind-the-scenes from care and cultivation to planting and design. We put a lot of time into planning which plants go where to ensure we create a memorable journey around the Zoo that captivates all the senses.”
The experience, which costs £150 and includes lunch, also allows entry to the Zoo for one other person.
It can be booked online, or over the phone, and is open to people aged 16 and over. To find out more, visit: http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/visitor-information/gardener-experience.
Bristol Zoo Gardens are the proud winners of a vast number of respected horticultural awards including a silver award from RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as well as a Bristol in Bloom Commercial Landscape award (2010-2015) and The John and Pat Morell Bristol “In Bloom” Perpetual Trophy (2015).
Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.
For more information about visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.