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Growing the Future Newsletter – June 12

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Lichens & Mosses Identification Course

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a pixie, a bug or a beetle, living among the miniscule mosses and lichens?

Wales is a ‘hotspot’ for mosses and lichens, so come and join Dr Shaun Russell, Director of Treborth Botanic Garden, on a journey through the marvels of the “miniature forests” on Saturday, June 15th.

They might be small and inconspicuous to the naked eye, but when you get up close and personal with these little plants, they have a beauty all of their own and an important role to play in the ‘economy of nature’.

Learn how to distinguish between the major groups of mosses, liverworts and lichens, and we will make an excursion into the woods at Treborth Botanic Garden to explore the microflora with the aid of a hand lens.

Come and discover that it really is: “the little things that make the World go round”!

Course at Treborth Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential.  10am-4pm.  £22.50 (£20 Concessions & National Botanic Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Get to know your Wildflowers: Beginners

On Sunday, June 16th, join Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, for a Wildflowers Course aimed at beginners.

Want to know your cuckooflower from your knapweed?

Aimed at beginners, this course will boost your confidence in wildflower identification by showing you how to recognise common wildflower families and use simple botanical keys

This course will start off in our Science Centre teaching lab, moving on to admire and identify wildflowers in the hay meadows of Waun Las National Nature Reserve, concluding with an identification quiz.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential.  10.30am-3pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Course also available on Wednesday June 26th and Sunday July 7th, with Wildflower Identification for Improvers Course available on Wednesday July 10th.

 

Introduction to Cyanotype

On Wednesday, June 19th, join Growing the Future’s Guest Trainer, Carly Wilshere-Butler, for an Introduction to Cyanotype Course.

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.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  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.

 

5-Week Practical Beekeeping Course

Day Sessions: Tuesday July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th – 11am-1.30pm
Evening Sessions: Wednesday July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st – 6.30-9pm

Join Growing the Future’s Ecoystems Trainer and Beekeeper, Lynda Christie, for a 5-week practical beekeeping course, with day and evening sessions available.

Five weekly practical sessions in the Garden’s Bee Garden, opening hives and learning effective hive assessment.  Followed by classroom sessions evaluating the inspections and learning about the beekeeping year.

Whether you’re a beginner or an improving beekeeper, develop your confidence in carrying out and evaluating hive inspections.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential.  £150 (£135 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.

5-Week Theory: Winter Season Sessions also available:
Day Sessions: Tuesday October 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th – 11am-1.30pm
Evening Sessions: Wednesday October 30th, November 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th – 6.30-9pm

 

Wales Wildflower Weekend

Saturday June 22nd – Sunday June 23rd
With orchid-rich meadows and displays of rare and endangered Welsh wildflowers, you have a unique opportunity to get up close to some of nature’s hidden treasures. With talks, guided walks, activities and stalls, we’ll have enthusiastic experts on hand to not only show these special wildflowers but also the pollinators associated with them.

This year, there’s a special emphasis on our Welsh wild orchids. Sue Parker of the Hardy Orchid Society and author of 3 books on orchids including the Wild Orchids of Wales, will be giving two standout talks on ‘Welsh Orchid Species’ and ‘Top Orchid Sites in Wales’. She’ll also be co-leading a walk onto Garden’s orchid-rich hay meadows.

For a full programme of events, please visit the Garden’s website.

 

Sustainable Garden Design, Construction & Maintenance

On Saturday, June 22nd, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Sustainable Garden Design, Construction & Maintenance course.

Learn how to choose landscaping materials that are sustainable and have minimal impact on the environment.

Identify the best practice to reduce your carbon footprint during construction.  Incorporate features to enable the harvesting of rain and grey water, composting areas, use of drought-tolerant plants, minimal use of lawns, mulching, no-dig systems, bio-diverse planting, ponds, insect hotels and wildlife habitats.

Plan your garden so that future maintenance requirements make the best use of the earth’s limited resources.  Incorporate green features to reduce energy demands from buildings, such as green roofs and living walls, which also provide habitats and food for wildlife, as well as adding to the aesthetics of structures.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  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.

 

Wildflower Identification for Improvers

On Wednesday, July 10th, join Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, for a Wildflower Identification for Improvers course.

Aimed at improvers, this course will take your wildflower identification skills to the next level by tackling more difficult wildflower families and botanical keys.

The course will begin in our Science Centre teaching lab, moving on to identify wildflowers in the hay meadows of Waun Las National Nature Reserve, concluding with an identification workshop.

Beginners course delivered on Sunday June 16thWednesday June 26th and Sunday July 7th.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential.  10.30am-3pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Get to Know Your Trees

With a passion for trees, our Science Officer, Kevin McGinn, spent two years checking the identity of trees growing in the Arboretum at Kew Gardens.

Aimed at beginners, this course on Wednesday July 31st or Thursday August 15th will introduce the main botanical features used to identify broad-leaved trees often seen in the UK.

Learn how to use botanical keys in an identification workshop and see a wide range of different native and introduced tree species growing at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential.  10.30am-3pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.