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Growing the Future Newsletter – January 23

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Captivating Conifers – SPACES AVAILABLE

If you had a real Christmas tree 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, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

The Sustainable Allotment Calendar: This Month on the Plot

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.

 

Horticultural Trainer Vacancy

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.

The closing date is Friday 8th February 2019.  For more information, please visit here.

 

Planting Design for Beginners

On Friday, February 8th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Planting Design for Beginners Course.

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.  £40 (£36 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.

There’ll be a Planting Design: Next Steps course on Saturday, February 16th.

 

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 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Spring Bloomers

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.