Bristol life offers a feast for the senses. Whether it be standing in the centre looking out to the green hills enveloping around the city, or appreciating it’s industrial past and present. Since living here, I find myself reaching for the camera each time I turn a corner. The images I collect here pay homage, celebrating the diversity of the city. I find continuous creative inspiration. To learn more about the garden design process visit services.
Why do I enjoy this city so much? From a garden designer’s perspective? Essentially a garden is a fusion between the natural and manmade world and this is visible throughout the city. From taking a stroll by the recently developed harbourside or looking down to the wooded Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge, to climbing Cabot Tower in the centre of the Brandon Hill park, with the rooftops of the cityscape lying below your feet.
A busy calendar of cultural events makes for an inspiring place to live and work. Home to Europe’s largest graffiti and street art festival Upfest, a week-long gastronomic feast of the senses at Food Connections, to the iconic International Balloon Fiesta and Harbour Festival. Bristol’s Spike Island is home to many artists, another resident being Aardman Animations. There’s also a strong sense of community, many looking to transform or nurture the green areas we have.
Gardens in Bristol and the surrounding area
University of Bristol Botanic Garden See some impressively large tree ferns as well as flora native to the Avon Gorge.
The Bishop’s Palace Medieval palace in Wells, Somerset. Much to see including contemporary gardens, well pools and arboretum.
NGS Gardens Open for Charity Visit private & public gardens in your area of a notable standard with proceeds going to charity.