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Commissioned by the University Historic Gardens & Buildings Committee we are proud to showcase the SECOND EDITION of the Historic Gardens Book.
The University of Bristol is the guardian of an impressive range of historic gardens. These include a Civil War fortification at the Royal Fort, an Edwardian flower garden designed for the treatment of hospital patients, and a rare merchant’s eighteenth-century town garden with the most exotic and best-preserved Grotto in the entire country, at Goldney.
Many of the University’s Historic Gardens are attached to halls of residence and can be enjoyed by students and staff alike. It is, however, the purpose of this book to make the wider public, particularly the citizenry of Bristol, aware of what the University owns; and to enable visitors to appreciate its gardens.
Using many original archive resources, this book has been researched and written by Marion Mako, who studied for an MA in Garden History at the University. Lavishly illustrated, it tells the story of gardens and the people who created them. The Second Edition , having proved popular, has been revised with updated images and text. It will be also be available to purchase on guided tours.