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Growing the Future Newsletter – April 24

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Plants for Free (Propagation)

Propagation – the ultimate in up-cycling – new plants from old!

On Saturday, April 27th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a ‘Plants for Free‘ Course.

Learn how to use a range of vegetative propagation techniques to create new plants from existing ones.

Look at root and stem cuttings, layering and division.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Free* Easter Holiday Short Courses

It’s farm animals to the fore this Easter with lots of activities on every day of the school holidays related to lambs and chickens.  There’s also fun and games plus lots of arts and crafts action to suit all ages as part of the Garden’s Activities for All – activities for adults, children and families.

Growing the Future will be hosting a series of free* short courses over the Easter holidays:

Native Butterflies Short Courses
Join Dr Deborah Sazer to learn tips on finding, understanding and identifying these vital pollinators in our gardens and the wider countryside.

This free* short course is open to individuals and families.  Courses on Thursday April 25th at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, and last 45 minutes.  Please book via the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Cyanotype Short Courses

Using the historic photographic technique of cyanotype, create your own unique Easter/spring celebration card.

Create a beautiful blue cyanotype print using seasonal plants and then add embellishments to it.

This free* short course is open to individuals and families.  Courses on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, and last 45 minutes.  Please book via the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

*Please note that free courses do not include Garden entry.  For more information on admission prices, please visit the Garden’s website.

 

Gardd Lles Weekend

Following on from the success of our beautiful feature garden at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff, Gardd Lles, there’s a special weekend planned to promote gardens and gardening for health and well-being at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Well-being Garden Weekend on Saturday May 25th-Monday May 27th is all about showcasing the Garden as a place of well-being through a myriad of talks, workshops, walks and stalls. Furthermore, we aim to showcase ways in which people can get involved in improving their well-being and also showcase work going on across Wales on this theme.

Each day across the weekend will follow a different theme:

Saturday: “The Science of Well-being” – researchers from across Wales will come to give talks and answer questions about their research. The day will highlight the work going on to improve the well-being of Wales whether that be through conserving our environment and species, or through improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here.

Sunday: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – Mental Well-being Day” – focusing on different ways you can look after your mental health and offering the ability to get involved with charities and organisations who put mental well-being at the forefront of their work.

Monday: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – Physical Well-being Day” – focusing on a spectrum of different ways you can look after your physical health, which has knock on benefits to your mental health.

 

New Partner Hub: Treborth Botanic Garden & Wild Elements

Growing the Future is pleased to announce the first of our partner hubs, Treborth Botanic Garden in partnership with Wild Elements.

This new partnership enables us to provide training in the north of Wales, as we work towards providing training across the whole of the country.

The first course at this hub has also been announced.

Growing Organic Foods: How, What & When?

Design your own garden, plan your planting and grow your own food organically and successfully on your doorstep with support and expert advice bespoke to you.

Maximise your space and yield with professional training and support that you won’t find online!

Course 2: Bigger, Better Yields
Saturday April 27th – 10.30am-3.30pm

Organic composting, plot and plant productivity, and maximising your growing season with your personal planting schedule.

The session covers home composting, how to prepare your plot for planting, raising healthy plants with bigger yields, seed selection and soil preparation. The hands-on session also involves practical tasks related to the topics covered.

Requirements: Lunch, a soil sample from your garden and a list of the foods you wish to grow.

Course location: Busybees, 3 Pen y Bonc, Cyttir Lane, Bangor, LL57 4BD

 

Bee Garden Cosmetics

On Tuesday, April 30th, join Growing the Future’s Ecosystems Trainer, Lynda Christe, for a Bee Garden Cosmetics course.

Create your own products to take home including lip balm, body butter and face cream.

Learn about the products of the hive produced by the honeybees, including beeswax and honey, and their use in beauty products.

Learn the principles of soap making with a demonstration on making honey soap.

Booking is essential.  11am-2pm.  £45 (£41 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Wales National Heritage Orchard Cluster

Do you have an orchard or want to grow Welsh Heritage Orchard Varieties?

The National Botanic Garden of Wales will be hosting a Welsh Heritage Orchard event on Tuesday, April 30th from 11am to 3pm, organised by Horticulture Wales in partnership with the Growing the Future project.

The event will include a series of guest speakers, networking opportunities, plus refreshments and more.  If you’d like to attend, please book your space via the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

For more information, please contact Horticulture Wales on horticulturewales@glyndwr.ac.uk or 01978 293401.

 

Cyanotype Courses

Introduction to Cyanotype
Saturday May 4th / Wednesday June 19th

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.  It was used by the botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins, to create a series of limited-edition books that documented ferns and other plant life.

Using this historic photographic technique, create your own unique prints using seasonal plants on a variety of materials and fabrics.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £45 (£41 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Cyanotype on Fabric
Wednesday May 22nd

Using the historic photographic technique of cyanotype, create your own prints on a variety of fabrics, including a tote bag to take home.  Use seasonal plants to create your own unique design.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £45 (£41 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Planting Design for Beginners

On Saturday, May 25th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Planting Design for Beginners Course.

An overview of the key principles of planting design to give attendees an understanding of how to create a garden that ‘works’ and is pleasing to the eye.

Topics will include scale and proportion, balance, colour theory and texture.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Get to know your Wildflowers: Beginners

On Sunday, June 16th, join Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, for a Wildflowers Course aimed at beginners.

Want to know your cuckooflower from your knapweed?

Aimed at beginners, this course will boost your confidence in wildflower identification by showing you how to recognise common wildflower families and use simple botanical keys

This course will start off in our Science Centre teaching lab, moving on to admire and identify wildflowers in the hay meadows of Waun Las National Nature Reserve, concluding with an identification quiz.

Booking is essential.  10.30am-3pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Course also available on Wednesday June 26th and Sunday July 7th.