The National Plant Collection held at Bristol zoo is a unique dispersed collection, as a number of community groups from care homes to local schools help to grow the calendula each year. This helps to ensure the different cultivars and species are kept distinct. As a thank you for their contribution to the collection the team at Bristol Zoo invite the community groups to a Calendula celebration each year.
The Lord Mayor of Bristol attended with speeches by the Lord Mayor, David Esam, shareholder of the society, Eddie Mole, Head of Horticulture (second from the right), and Tom Pursey, Senior Gardens Supervisor, (second from the left) who runs the dispersed collection.
It was great to see all the community groups in attendance: HHEAG-Hartcliffe Health and Environment Action Group, SCAF Shire Greens Environmental Action Group, Creative opportunities Bristol, Teenage and young adult cancer service, Holy Cross Catholic School, Upper Horfield Primary School
Matthew Bufton, Gardens Manager offered gardening advise and showed us some of the Hedychium (ginger lilly) collection and the Bromeliad plants from a previous collection, which are settling into their new home at the zoo.
A glimpse of the borders in the zoo with Jenny Baker, our Somerset Collections Coordinator, who attended the event.
And here’s a selection from the collection!