Bristol Zoo is still in a unique position in that it holds the only dispersed National Plant Collection. Their Collection of Calendula is held in locations all over the city – schools, community groups and residential centres and this dispersal over many sites is advantageous for keeping distinct the different cultivars and species in the Collection. Seed for the cultivars were from Thompson and Morgan and the species came from various Botanic Gardens and the Millennium Seed Bank
The zoo exhibited at Hampton Court Palace Flower show in July this year and were awarded a silver medal for their display. It was very popular with the public who were able to listen to the community growers talking about their experience on an interactive Ipad app.
The zoo held a reception to bring the communities together at the end of the season.
Activities for the younger guests
and questions answered by Matthew Bufton, Gardens Manager
The gardens were looking lovely in the late afternoon sun.
Well done, Emma, Eddy and all the groups involved in this exciting project.