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Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden 2015

Working with the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Arnolfini and Bristol City Council, Maria Thereza Alves created the Floating Ballast Seed Garden 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. 

Floating Ballast Seed Garden brochures are now available from Arnolfini. View and download a digital version of the brochure here.

Ballast Seed Garden Family Day

Ballast Seed Garden Family Day

Saturday 06 June 2015, 11:00 to 14:00
Meet volunteers from Arnolfini and Bristol Botanic Garden at Castle Park for a bird’s eye view of planting on the Floating Ballast Seed Garden. Families are invited to visit the Artrageous activity ...
Something & Son: Unorthodox Spaces

Something & Son: Unorthodox Spaces

Saturday 27 June 2015, 14:30 to 16:00
Join Something & Son on a tour of the Ballast Garden and a talk on their practice.
Talking Soil: Sophie Mason and Clive Adams

Talking Soil: Sophie Mason and Clive Adams

Saturday 04 July 2015, 11:30 to 13:00
Join Bristol residency artist Sophie Mason for a talk on her work on board the Floating Ballast Seed Garden followed by an in conversation with Clive Adams.
The Floating Cinema tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden led by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (Somewhere)

The Floating Cinema tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden led by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (Somewhere)

Thursday 09 July 2015, 15:00 to 17:00
Join Somewhere for an afternoon of special tours aboard The Floating Cinema to visit the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
The Floating Cinema tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden led by Nine Pope and Karen Guthrie (Somewhere)

The Floating Cinema tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden led by Nine Pope and Karen Guthrie (Somewhere)

Thursday 09 July 2015, 18:00 to 20:00
Join Somewhere for an afternoon of special tours aboard The Floating Cinema to visit the Ballast Seed Garden.
Floating Ballast Seed Garden Tour

Floating Ballast Seed Garden Tour

Wednesday 15 July 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Join us for a tour of the Floating Ballast Seed Garden led by a University of Bristol Botanic Garden Volunteer Guide.
Eyes For Gertrude

Eyes For Gertrude

Friday 17 July 2015, 19:30 to 21:00
Join female duo, Eyes for Gertrude, for an intimate and captivating performance as you travel to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
Ballast Seed Garden Tour

Ballast Seed Garden Tour

Wednesday 22 July 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Join us for a tour of the Ballast Seed Garden led by a University of Bristol Botanic Garden Volunteer Guide.
Nigel Dunnett: The Dynamic Landscape

Nigel Dunnett: The Dynamic Landscape

Saturday 25 July 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Join Nigel Dunnett for a talk on his practice on the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
Ballast Seed Garden Boat Tour with Nick Wray, Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

Ballast Seed Garden Boat Tour with Nick Wray, Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Join Botanic Garden Curator Nick Wray for an in depth look at the Ballast Seed Garden.
Boat tour & talk with Yrjö Haila, ‘Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Making Cities Productive’

Boat tour & talk with Yrjö Haila, ‘Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Making Cities Productive’

Saturday 01 August 2015, 14:30 to 16:00
Yrjö Haila is a leading expert on ecology and environmental sciences in Finland, as well as an ardent advocate of environmental protection and an active writer. Haila is Professor of Environmental ...
Ballast Seed Garden Tour

Ballast Seed Garden Tour

Wednesday 12 August 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Join us for a tour of the Ballast Seed Garden led by a University of Bristol Botanic Garden Volunteer Guide.
Ballast Seed Garden Tour with Plant Researcher Cathy Lewis

Ballast Seed Garden Tour with Plant Researcher Cathy Lewis

Wednesday 26 August 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Tour of the Ballast Seed Garden led by a University of Bristol Botanic Garden Volunteer Guide with Plant researcher Cathy Lewis. DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS TOUR WILL NOW BE LED BY ROGER ...
Floating Ballast Seed Garden Family Workshop

Floating Ballast Seed Garden Family Workshop

Saturday 29 August 2015, 14:30 to 16:00
Join artist Anna Francis for a hands on family workshop and visit to our Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
Boat Trip and Q&A with Maria Thereza Alves and Nick Wray

Boat Trip and Q&A with Maria Thereza Alves and Nick Wray

Monday 14 September 2015, 18:30 to 20:00
Join this special event for a rare opportunity to hear Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves talk about her project The Floating Ballast Seed Garden
Family Storytelling Boat Trip SOLD OUT

Family Storytelling Boat Trip SOLD OUT

Saturday 26 September 2015, 14:30 to 16:00
This event has sold out. Join us for a family friendly storytelling boat tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
Family Halloween Storytelling Boat Trip

Family Halloween Storytelling Boat Trip

Saturday 31 October 2015, 14:30 to 16:00
Join us for a family friendly Halloween boat tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.
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