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If there are any of our Canal Boat Holiday guests exploring Bristol why not head over to the harbour and take a look at the floating seed garden.

Working with Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves and designer Gitta Gschwendtner, Arnolfini has utilised a disused grain Barge to create a Ballast Seed Garden on Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

Populated with a variety of non-native plants, creating a living history of the city's trade and maritime past.

The garden is the overall title of an ongoing investigation of ballast flora in the Port Cities of Europe by the Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves.

Between 1680 and the early 1900s, ships ballast,earth, stones and gravel from trade boats from all over the world, used to weigh down the vessel for its journey to the port and this contained the seeds of plants from wherever the ship had sailed.

Maria Thereza Alves discovered that ballast seeds can lie dormant for hundreds of years, but that by excavating the river bed, it is possible to germinate and grow these seeds into flourishing plants.


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The beautiful canals of England and Wales wind their way through a variety of interesting and distinctive locations offering you the chance to stop off and investigate further at a mooring of your choice or to simply continue cruising onto the next destination.
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