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Growing the Future Newsletter – January 9

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Inspirational Women in Horticulture

On three Friday lunchtimes in January, Growing the Future at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be hosting a series of talks starring inspirational women in horticulture, covering aspects such as their career journeys and horticultural interests.

There’s also the opportunity to learn more on the scientific research and horticultural developments within the Botanic Garden with introductory talks by Garden PhD Researchers and Horticulturist.  Enjoy this FREE series while also taking advantage of FREE Garden entry during weekdays in January.

The talks start at 12noon in the Garden’s Principality House.  To book your place, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Friday January 11th – Miranda Janatka

Miranda Janatka will give a talk entitled ‘From Kew Gardens to Gardeners’ World – my life in horticulture’, where she’ll discuss her career path from training and working at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to her current role as a writer and researcher for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

Miranda worked as an inner-city primary school teacher in London, organising community gardening projects for children and their families before training formally in horticulture.  Work at Kew included propagating plants for the restoration of the Temperate House and training propagation to staff at a botanic garden overseas.

There’ll be an introductory talk by Lucy Witter, a Garden PhD Student, giving an update on her seed mix trials from the summer with some preliminary results and her plans for next year’s trials.

 

Friday January 18th – Sarah Price

On Friday, January 18th, we’ll be joined by the award-winning garden designer Sarah Price, where she’ll give a talk entitled ‘Plants First’.  Sarah believes in plant-driven design.  She is developing a visual vocabulary using plants; their shapes, forms and patterns to compose her designs.  Through an overview of past and current work she will give real examples and how her design processes work.

Originally trained in fine art and having graduated with a first, Sarah is now an award-winning garden designer, winning gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 and playing an integral part in the design of the Olympic Park gardens in 2012.

There’ll be an introductory talk by Garden Horticulturist, Carly Green, where she’ll discuss her three week trip to South California in April 2018, where she explored how wild plants are recovering from 2017’s wildfire season and visited Californian botanic gardens.

 

Friday January 25th – Natalie Chivers

The Curator of Treborth Botanic Garden, Natalie Chivers, completes the trio of inspirational women in horticulture on Friday, January 25th, with a talk entitled ‘Treborth Botanic Garden – small garden, big plans’.  Like many botanic gardens, Treborth has had an interesting journey up until now and Natalie will be sharing some of the history of the Garden, and exciting plans for the future.

As well as caring for more than 2,000 species of plants and planning the future of her Garden’s collections, Natalie has a keen interest in garden design and has worked for designers at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show since 2014.

There’ll be an introductory talk by Abigail Lowe, a Garden PhD Student, on her research which uses pollen DNA metabarcoding to discover what plants pollinators are using within the Garden and the Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

 

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

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

 

Captivating Conifers

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.

 

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 / 01558 667185, 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.

 

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 / 01558 667185, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.