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Growing the Future Newsletter – May 8

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Cyanotype Courses

Cyanotype on Fabric
Wednesday May 22nd

Using the historic photographic technique of cyanotype, create your own prints on a variety of fabrics, including a tote bag to take home.  Use seasonal plants to create your own unique design.

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

Introduction to Cyanotype
Wednesday June 19th

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.

 

Well-being Garden Weekend

Following on from the success of our beautiful feature garden at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff, Gardd Lles, there’s a special weekend planned to promote gardens and gardening for health and well-being at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Well-being Garden Weekend on Saturday May 25th-Monday May 27th is all about showcasing the Garden as a place of well-being through a series of talks, workshops, walks and stalls. Furthermore, we aim to showcase ways in which people can get involved in improving their well-being and also showcase work going on across Wales on this theme.

Each day across the weekend will follow a different theme:

Saturday: “The Science of Well-being” – researchers from across Wales will come to give talks and answer questions about their research. The day will highlight the work going on to improve the well-being of Wales whether that be through conserving our environment and species, or through improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here.

Sunday: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – Mental Well-being Day” – focusing on different ways you can look after your mental health and offering the ability to get involved with charities and organisations who put mental well-being at the forefront of their work.

Monday: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – Physical Well-being Day” – focusing on a spectrum of different ways you can look after your physical health, which has knock on benefits to your mental health.

Selected sessions are now available to book via 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.

 

NEW – 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.

 

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.

 

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.