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Growing the Future Newsletter – March 27

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No-Dig Gardening: A Practical Introduction

On Thursday March 28th, or Monday April 8th, join guest horticultural trainer, Mark Sheppard, for a one-day introductory course on the benefits of no-dig gardening.

Growing amazing food shouldn’t be backbreaking work. This fascinating course will teach you why changing to a no-dig system will not only save your back but also increase biodiversity, reduce CO2, improve soil structure while producing wonderful, healthy organic fruit and vegetables.

Booking is essential.  10am-4pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Beeswax Flower Making: Daffodils

On Wednesday, April 3rd, join Growing the Future’s Ecosystems Trainer, Lynda Christie, 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, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Gardd Lles: RHS Cardiff Flower Show

There’s not long to go until this year’s RHS Cardiff Flower Show on Friday April 12th-Sunday April 14th.  We can’t wait to show everyone our beautiful feature garden, Gardd Lles, Welsh for ‘Well-being Garden’.

The garden, which has been created by the Botanic Garden’s horticulture team in partnership with the Growing the Future project, promotes good health and well-being, features two secluded seating areas, private spaces for contemplation and the practice of mindfulness.

The planting scheme is soothing with its calming white and pastel tones, textured foliage and layers of perennials. To further enhance the association with nature, pollinator-friendly plants and habitats have been incorporated.

Where biodiversity thrives, humans thrive too.

Find out more by visiting the RHS Cardiff website.

 

Building a Raised Bed

On Monday, April 15th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Raised Beds course.

Learn how to build a raised bed to grow edible or ornamental plants.  For those with limited mobility, raised beds are easier to access and maintain.

In a restricted area, or on a hard surface, they enable you to grow more plants.  The course will cover materials needed, construction and planting.

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.

 

Plants for Free (Propagation)

Propagation – the ultimate in up-cycling – new plants from old!

On Saturday, April 27th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a ‘Plants for Free‘ Course.

Learn how to use a range of vegetative propagation techniques to create new plants from existing ones.

Look at root and stem cuttings, layering and division.

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.

 

Bee Garden Cosmetics

On Tuesday, April 30th, 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.

 

Planting Design for Beginners

On Saturday, May 25th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Planting Design for Beginners Course.

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.

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.