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Growing the Future Newsletter – February 6

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Sustainable Allotment Course – SPACES AVAILABLE

On Thursday, February 7th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for the latest course in the Sustainable Allotment Calendar.

Focus on sowing seed under cover, labelling and keeping track.  Learn how to test for seed viability and set-out boxes for chitting.

Prepare trays and plugs for sowing and select seed.  Follow the progress out on the beds, assess workability and mulch.

Time to stir-up the compost heap, aerate the pile and check moisture levels.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £33 (£30 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.

 

Captivating Conifers

On Saturday, February 9th, join Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, for a ‘Captivating Conifers‘ course.

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, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Horticultural Trainer Vacancy – Closing Date February 8th

Want to join our team?

The Growing the Future project at The National Botanic Garden of Wales is searching for an enthusiastic individual to work as a Horticultural Trainer.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with a good technical knowledge of horticulture, proven experience in training and a strong interest in the health and well-being of others. You’ll develop and deliver a range of horticultural courses and learning materials for individuals and groups.

Fluency in written and spoken Welsh is highly desirable and an understanding and commitment to the mission of the National Botanic Garden of Wales is essential.

For more information, please visit the Garden’s website.

 

FREE* Potato Planting Short Courses – February Half Term

Focusing on the history and versatility of the amazing potato plant, looking at different varieties and how they can be planted to produce an abundant crop for you to enjoy at home.  Learn how to grow a variety of potatoes in various containers and pots on this free* short course.  Take away some seed potatoes at the end of the course to plant at home.

The course will cover:

  • Potato varieties, and the preparation of seed potatoes.
  • Differences between earlies, second earlies and main crop potatoes.
  • Soil requirements.
  • Containers that can be used to grow potatoes in.
  • Harvesting your potatoes.

45 minute courses at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on Sunday February 24thWednesday February 27th and Friday March 1st – suitable for all ages.  Booking is essential.  To book, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Courses are part of the Garden’s February Half Term Activities for All – activities for adults, children and families – and delivered by the Growing the Future project.

*Please note that courses do not include Garden entry.  For more information on admission prices, please visit here.

 

Beeswax Flower Making: Daffodils

On Wednesday, February 13th, join Growing the Future’s Ecosystems Trainer, Lynda Christe, for a Beeswax Daffodils course.

Learn about the structure and anatomy of a daffodil and the properties of beeswax for modelling.

Reconstruct your own flower using beeswax to take home.

Booking is essential.  10.30am-2.30pm.  £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.

 

Spring Bloomers

Are you looking for Valentine’s Day gift with a difference?

On Thursday, February 14th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Spring Bloomers course.

Create a plan with clusters of colour and seasonal interest to take you through the spring and early summer months.

Learn how to make the most of small space opportunities and enhance your design with ease.

Consider steps and entrances, windowsills and walls, beds and borders, plots and pots.  Select your style and take away tips for planting and plant care.

Booking is essential.  10am-1pm.  £30 (£27 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: Next Steps

On Saturday, February 16th, join our guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Planting Design: Next Steps course.

Following on from our ‘Planting Design for Beginners’ course, this course will look at planting plans, measuring and scale drawing, as well as looking at elements of design within the Garden and discussing how these could be implemented in your own growing space.

To get the most from this course, it would be useful, though not essential, to have attended the beginners course.

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.

 

Bee Garden Cosmetics

On Wednesday, February 20th, 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.

 

Alphabet Veg

On Thursday, February 21st, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for an Alphabet Veg course.

Write up your recipes for the veg plot and create your sowing and growing calendar menu.

Identify single and multi-croppers and see where to place them in your plan.  Practice sowing in the polytunnel and planting out.

Add flavour to your plot with herbs. Identify annuals and perennials and learn how to grow from seed and plug plants.

Finish the day with a visit to the wiggly wormeries and see how easy it is to make food for the garden from kitchen waste.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £33 (£30 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.

 

‘Taking the Plunge’

On Thursday, February 28th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Taking the Plunge course.

Bring a reflective and soothing element to your space with an effortless and sustainable approach.

Learn how to create a water garden in an old container fit to re-purpose. Identify tools and materials for the task and prepare to construct.

Follow a simple guide to plant choice. and practice planting up to arrange a scheme.

Take-away tips to maintain a healthy pool for wildlife visitors.

Booking is essential.  10am-1pm.  £30 (£27 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.