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Growing the Future Newsletter – April 3

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No-Dig Gardening: A Practical Introduction

On Monday April 8th, join guest horticultural trainer, Mark Sheppard, for a one-day introductory course on the benefits of no-dig gardening.

Growing amazing food shouldn’t be backbreaking work. This fascinating course will teach you why changing to a no-dig system will not only save your back but also increase biodiversity, reduce CO2, improve soil structure while producing wonderful, healthy organic fruit and vegetables.

Booking is essential.  10am-4pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Gardd Lles: RHS Cardiff Flower Show

There’s not long to go until this year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show on Friday April 12th-Sunday April 14th.  We can’t wait to show everyone our beautiful feature garden, Gardd Lles, Welsh for ‘Well-being Garden’.

The garden, which has been created by the Botanic Garden’s horticulture team in partnership with the Growing the Future project, promotes good health and well-being, features two secluded seating areas, private spaces for contemplation and the practice of mindfulness.

The planting scheme is soothing with its calming white and pastel tones, textured foliage and layers of perennials. To further enhance the association with nature, pollinator-friendly plants and habitats have been incorporated.

Where biodiversity thrives, humans thrive too.

Find out more by visiting the RHS Cardiff website.

 

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!

2 courses covering how to grow food organically divided into 2 stand-alone days.

Course 1: Designing your Garden
Saturday April 6th – 10.30am-3.30pm

Identify the physical properties of your garden, discover the best food to grow and how to grow it, and take home a planting blueprint tailored to your own garden.

The session covers what should be considered when designing a food garden, such as, types of food plants, space and care, growing systems, soil types and aspects. The day includes a site tour and case study of the permaculture system used at Pen y Bonc, and examples of other food gardens.

Requirements: Lunch, a soil sample from your garden, some images of the garden space you wish to    develop and some rough measurements of the size of your garden.

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

 

Easter 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 Easter:

Chicken-keeping Short Courses
Learn how to keep and maintain your own chickens on Tuesday April 16th, Friday April 19th, Saturday April 20th and Wednesday April 24th.  Times to be announced.

Native Butterflies Short Courses
Join Dr Deborah Sazer and learn more on our native butterflies, plus some handy identification tips on Thursday April 18th and Thursday April 25th at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Cyanotype Short Courses
Create your own beautiful and unique Easter greetings card using seasonal plants and the historic photographic printing process of cyanotype on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

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

 

Building a Raised Bed

On Monday, April 15th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Raised Beds course.

Learn how to build a raised bed to grow edible or ornamental plants.  For those with limited mobility, raised beds are easier to access and maintain.

In a restricted area, or on a hard surface, they enable you to grow more plants.  The course will cover materials needed, construction and planting.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

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.

 

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.

 

NEW – 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.