The Bristol University Botanic Garden is sited at "The Holmes", a University residence in Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, just behind the Downs. They have a lovely website but to give you an idea of how exciting it is , Excitable Boy, the whole garden is like a great story book. The main theme is the evolution of plants and within it and woven through the whole garden and with specific gardens as well, - Mediterranean type gardening, native and local plants, useful plants, including medicinal and food and fibre plants. We even have a mahogany tree! At present the garden is open Monday to Friday to the public for a voluntary donation only. But you will be able to see work in progress on our native meadow (seeds collected from the Downs), the Mediterranean Veg.Garden being prepared for the spring,, and this year , the Western Australian Garden being built. Do visit . You will be very welcome.