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Growing the Future Newsletter – June 5

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Gardeners’ Cosmetics

On Monday, June 10th, join Growing the Future’s Ecosystems Trainer, Lynda Christie, for a Gardeners’ Cosmetics Course.

Make your own wonderful cosmetics to use after a long day in the garden.

Learn about the properties of beeswax, essential oils and plants and their use in beauty products.  Create your own lavender and bergamot bath salts, aduki bean massage bar, rosemary hand balm and beeswax and calendula lip balm.

Booking is essential.  11am-2pm.  £45 (£41 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Introduction to Keeping Chickens at Home

On either Wednesday, June 12th or Wednesday, June 26th, join the Garden’s Education Officer, Rebecca Thomas, for an Introduction to Keeping Chickens at Home Course.

This course is suitable for anyone who is considering or has just started to keep chickens at home.  Learn how rewarding keeping chickens can be to you and your family.

The course will cover which breeds to buy, housing through the seasons, day to day maintenance of chickens, how and what to feed chickens and their general health.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

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”.

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”!

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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 more information, 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.

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.

 

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.

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.