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Growing the Future Newsletter – June 27

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Happy Herbs Course

On Saturday, June 30th, join Neil Barry for a Happy Herbs Course.

There’s nothing like the flavour and scent of home-grown herbs.  On this course, learn about all the different types of herbs and how to propagate, grow, care for and use them.

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.

 

Understanding Plant Names and Plant Families for Gardeners Course

On Thursday, July 5th, join the Growing the Future project’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, for an Understanding Plant Names and Plant Families for Gardeners Course.

Are you confused by the mysterious world of plant names?  Do you want to identify plants in your garden but unsure where to start?  Then this is the course for you!
This course aims to demystify the scientific names of garden plants and help you recognise plant families commonly found in UK gardens.  Includes a plant family tour of the Botanic Garden and a practical identification session in our science labs.

Booking is essential.  10.30yb-3.30yp – £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members) – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.  This course will be delivered again on Saturday, August 18th.

 

Blog: Plant Names and their Practicalities

Why should we bother with Latin plant names?  Find out in Kevin’s first blog on the Botanic Garden’s website!

Discover the importance of Latin and common names and, if you’d like to learn more, you can join him on a Plant Names Course on Thursday, July 5th or Saturday, August 18th.

 

5-Week Practical Beekeeping Sessions: Summer Season – Limited Spaces Available

The first of our five weekly practical sessions in the Botanic Garden’s Bee Garden starts on Wednesday, July 4th, and there are very limited spaces still available.

Join the Growing the Future project’s Ecosystems Trainer, Lynda Christie, for five weekly practical sessions in the Bee Garden, opening hives and 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.

Booking is essential.  6.30-9pm – £150 (£135 Concessions & Garden Members) – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.  There will also be a 5-Week Beekeeping Theory Course (Winter Season), starting on Wednesday, October 31st.

 

Beekeeping Courses

Whether you’re a beginner or an improving beekeeper, develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in maintaining your own colonies with a Growing the Future Beekeeping Course.

For more information on any of the courses below, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk

Beekeeping Taster Course
Sunday July 22nd & Friday August 10th – 11am-2pm

An introduction to the Growing the Future project and why we have honeybees at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.  Learn about the honeybee colony and visit the Garden’s Bee Garden, put on a bee suit, open a hive and be shown its occupants, including workers, drones and the Queen.
£35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members)

Bee Garden Cosmetics Course
Tuesday September 4th & Saturday November 17th – 11am-2pm

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.  Create products to take home including lip balm, body butter and face cream.
£45 (£42 Concessions & Garden Members)

5-Week Beekeeping Practical Sessions – Summer Season
Wednesday July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & August 1st – 6.30-9pm

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.
£150 (£135 Concessions & Garden Members)

5-Week Beekeeping Theory Sessions – Winter Season
Wednesday October 31st & November 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th – 6.30-9pm

Five weekly classroom sessions on beekeeping throughout the year.  Whether you’re a beginner or an improving beekeeper, develop your season-specific knowledge and confidence in maintaining your own colonies/apiary.
£150 (£135 Concessions & Garden Members)

 

Practical Horticulture Courses

There’s a whole range of Practical Horticulture and Science & Horticulture courses to suit everyone, from planting design for beginners to creating a sensory garden, develop your gardening knowledge and skills with a Growing the Future course.

Plants for Free
Saturday July 7th – 10am-2pm

Propogation – the ultimate in up-cycling – new plants from old!  Using a range of vegetative propagation techniques to create new plants from existing ones.  We will look at root and stem cuttings, layering and division.

Success with Seeds
Thursday July 12th – 10am-2pm

Taking the mystery out of seed sowing.  Helping attendees to successfully grow a range of ornamental and edible plants, and get to take home some of what they have sown.

Sensory Gardens
Saturday July 21st – 10am-2pm

A garden for all the senses – design your space so it has more than just a visual appeal – create features that appeal to all the senses.

Understanding and Cultivating your Soil – NEW!
Thursday July 26th – 10am-2pm
Using a soil sample from your own garden, you can discover your soil type (texture, PH) and learn how to optimise it to successfully grow healthy plants.  The session will cover how to maintain and enhance nutrient and water holding capacity and drainage.  It will then go on to look at, and practice, various cultivation techniques to provide the best root environment for your plants.

Gardening the Nature-Friendly Way – NEW!
Thursday August 16th – 10am-2pm

Reduce your impact on the environment by gardening sustainably and encouraging wildlife into your garden.  Low environmental impact gardening can be achieved by working with nature.  The results can be a healthy garden that is both wildlife friendly and attractive.  Learn how to garden organically and save money by reducing chemical use through helping nature do the work.  Look at methods to create homes and food for wildlife, make and take home your own bird box.

Planting Design for Beginners – NEW!
Saturday September 15th – 10am-2pm

An overview of the key principles of planting design to give attendees an understanding of how to create a garden that ‘works’ and is pleasing to the eye.  Topics will include scale and proportion, balance, colour theory and texture.

Preparing your Garden for Winter – NEW!
Saturday September 22nd – 10am-2pm

Looking at dividing perennials, mulching to return nutrients to beds and borders, autumn shrub pruning, providing protection, planting bare-root trees and shrubs that stand a better chance of establishing well.

Planting Design Part 2 – NEW!
Saturday September 29th – 10am-2pm

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.

Garden of Plants of Distinction: Perennials – NEW!
Monday October 15th / Saturday October 20th – 10am-2pm

Garden centres and nurseries contain a wealth of plants of every hue and form.  Finding the best plants for your garden can be a daunting task.  This course aims to celebrate the diversity of perennials available on the market and highlight some of the Curator’s top picks.  A simple guide to finding the best perennials for your border or planter will also be included and the course will conclude with a visit to the Garden’s nurseries.

Above courses £40 each (£36 Concessions & Garden Members) 
Booking is essential – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Science & Horticulture Courses

Understanding plant names and plant families for gardeners
Saturday August 18th – 10.30am-3.30pm

Confused by the mysterious world of plant names?
Want to identify plants in your garden but unsure where to start?

This course aims to demystify the scientific names of garden plants and help you recognise plant families commonly found in UK gardens.  Includes a plant family tour of the Botanic Garden and a practical identification session in our science labs.

Science in the Garden
Saturday August 11th – 10.30am-2.30pm

Join our Head of Science, Dr Natasha de Vere, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Botanic Garden, including science labs, herbarium and plant nurseries.

Find out about the Garden’s work saving plants and pollinators throughout the world.  Then, have a go yourself!  Get your lab coats on, extract DNA from plants and use microscopes to view their hidden inner world.

Above courses £35 each (£32 Concessions & Garden Members)
Booking is essential – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.