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Growing the Future Newsletter – December 12

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Welcome to Growing the Future‘s latest newsletter, if you’d like to receive it directly to your inbox, sign-up here.

See the full newsletter here.

Sustainable Christmas

It’s going to be a very merry and Sustainable Christmas at the Botanic Garden this year!

Join the Growing the Future team for a wonderful series of short courses, which aim to reduce the excess, waste and stress often associated with Christmas.

In a time when we’re all looking to be a bit more environmentally-friendly and reduce our use of single-use plastics, why not learn how to decorate your own brown wrapping paper, how to create a traditional willow wreath and how to produce beautiful cyanotype gifts and tags plus much more.

To book on to a short course, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page, please note that the free short courses do not include entry to the Garden.  For admission prices, please see the Garden’s website.

Courses as Gifts

If you’re looking to treat your loved ones to a special Christmas gift this year, how about a Growing the Future course voucher?

From beekeeping to vegetable growing, and bee garden cosmetics to planting design – there’s something to suit everyone!

Please visit the Growing the Future page on the Botanic Garden’s website, call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk for more information.

 

Cyanotype Workshops

December 15th & 16th – 11am & 1.30pm

An opportunity to have a glimpse of the magical cyanotype process, while making your own beautiful and unique gifts, cards or gift tags using seasonal flora and fauna picked at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

Booking is essential.  To book your place, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.  If you enjoy this taster session, Growing the Future will be holding full-day courses in the near future.

This free workshop does not include entry to the Botanic Garden, please visit the Garden’s website for a full list of entry prices. (Free Garden entry still applies to Garden Members).

 

Traditional Willow Wreath Workshops

December 15th & 16th – 11am & 1.30pm

Bring a bit of the outside in this Christmas with help from the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Come and make a traditional wreath or ring as a festive decoration for a door or table centrepiece.

Made from foraged and recyclable materials to reduce the waste after the Christmas festivities, just place on the compost heap or put in the recycling.

Booking is essential.  To book your place, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

This free workshop does not include entry to the Botanic Garden, please visit the Garden’s website for a full list of entry prices. (Free Garden entry still applies to Garden Members).

 

Pyrography Christmas Decorations Workshops

December 19th – 11am & 1.30pm

Create your own beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations and hand decorate them using pyrography.

Using pre-cut, salvaged wood from the Botanic Garden you can create your own crackers, baubles, trees, stars and gift tags. Add those finishing touches using a variety of materials including environmentally-friendly water pencils, recycled ribbons, thread and raffia.

Booking is essential.  To book your place, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

This free workshop does not include entry to the Botanic Garden, please visit the Garden’s website for a full list of entry prices. (Free Garden entry still applies to Garden Members).

 

Sustainable Christmas Decorations Workshops

December 19th – 11am & 1.30pm

Add a magical green twist to your tree this season. Shape up some stems into twirling stars, layer fruity spiced garlands for colour and scent, and garnish birch slices with foraged charms.

Bring a warm and cosy look to an old plastic pot with a natural wrap. Tuck in some bulbs to create a gardening gift for an early display.

Booking is essential.  To book your place, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

This free workshop does not include entry to the Botanic Garden, please visit the Garden’s website for a full list of entry prices. (Free Garden entry still applies to Garden Members).

 

Captivating Conifers

If you have a real Christmas tree this year and would like to learn more about it and its origins, join Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, for a ‘Captivating Conifers‘ course on Thursday, January 24th or Saturday, February 9th.

Conifers are a fascinating group of plants, including cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces.

During this course, learn the key features used to identify different conifer families and species and will explain the origins of some ‘dwarf’ garden conifers.

The course will begin in our teaching lab, moving on to a tour of conifers in the Garden’s living collections.  Beginners and improvers welcome.

Booking is essential.  10.30am-3pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 / 01558 667185 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

The Pollinators’ Flower Garden

On Thursday, January 17th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Pollinators’ Flower Garden course.

Design and create your sowing and growing pollinating calendar from springtime blossoms to winter blooms.

Identify flowering patterns and how to use both ‘cut and come’, ‘medium producers’ and ‘one-hit wonders’.

Take away tips on timings and learn how to plan for a continuous display.

Booking is essential.  10am-1pm.  £30 (£27 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 / 01558 667185 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

Find out more on the Garden’s work saving pollinators across the world here.