Ballast Seed garden Events: Halloween boat tour

Date 12.06.16

Time 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)


Join the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden display of ballast seed plants and experience a special taster event, talk and boat trip to the Ballast Seed Garden.


Take a trip to the Ballast Seed Garden as part of the Bristol Festival of Nature.  Nick Wray, Curator of University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden, will lead a special event, talk and boat trip to the Ballast Seed Garden.

On this special taster event, explore a display of ballast seed plants and sail through Bristol’s historic harbour in a unique opportunity to see some of the wildlife en-route and discover this very special garden.

Departure from Amphitheatre

This event is free but numbers are limited. Book your tickets to avoid disappointment.

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Seeds of Change: Floating Ballast Seed Garden brochure is available from Arnolfini.

Located on Bristol’s historic harbour, just below Castle Park, the The Ballast Seed Garden was created by Maria Thereza Alves in June 2012. Constructed from a disused grain barge, the garden is populated with a variety of non-native plants, creating a living history of the city’s trade and maritime past.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.