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Growing the Future Newsletter – October 9

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Seed-Saving for Gardeners – REDUCED PRICE

Friday October 11th / Saturday October 12th

We’re delighted to now be offering courses at the beautiful Insole Court in Llandaff!

Ever wondered how to optimise your harvest for taste, or how to reduce the volume of your produce that goes to waste? Want to know how to collect and prepare seed for storage, ready for next year?

Join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Ben, to learn when to harvest your home-grown produce and discover how different storage techniques can provide you with a bounty of produce to enjoy. Ben will also guide you through the processes and techniques essential for successful seed collection, preparation and storage, while preserving genetic diversity.

1 space for each adult course will be fully subsidised and candidates can apply to the Growing the Future Project by email or letter to gtfadmin@gardenofwales.org.uk.

Applications to be submitted by a referral letter from GP or registered charity. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG.

Course at Insole Court.  Booking is essential.  £40 (£36 Concessions, Members and Volunteers of the Botanic Garden and Insole Court).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit our Eventbrite page.

 

Wales Fungus Day 2019

Sunday October 13th

October 13th promises to be a fung-tastic day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ 8th annual Wales Fungus Day. A venue that knows how to put the fun into fungi, visitors will find a mix of science, fun, art and magic here that will appeal to anyone curious about the strange but fascinating kingdom of fungi.

With a fab programme guided walks, visitors to Wales Fungus Day can pick up some handy basic identification techniques and find out how to grow and conserve fungi.

There’ll be an array of trade and activity stalls in the Botanic Garden’s iconic Great Glasshouse, including woodworkers, crafters, and mushroom activities for all – which shouldn’t take up too ‘mushroom’ in the world’s largest single-span glasshouse! Outdoors, the Garden is a great place to come and look for wild fungi, and you’ll find all types of mushroom-friendly habitat here – woods, fields, lawns and flower beds. There’s even a meadow that has an internationally important collection of multi-coloured waxcap fungi.

Younger visitors will love the fungi face painting, wooden toadstool making and fungi themed activities throughout the day. They’ll also have the chance to explore the fungi-rich Fairy Wood where they can look for signs of domestic fairy life and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village.  Ballet lovers will also enjoy fairy and fungi inspired performances by Llangain Youth Ballet and there’s free Garden entry to anyone dressed as a fairy or elf to this magical day!

 

Terrarium Workshops

Wednesday October 16th / Wednesday November 6th / Wednesday November 20th

Enjoy a hands-on and creative workshop and make your very own terrarium.

A terrarium is a glass vessel filled with miniature plants, rocks and soil, they mimic real landscapes and bring nature inside. There are two types of terrariums: open and closed, and some can thrive for over 40 years.

Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Ben, will guide you through the materials needed, the different types of terrarium and the variety of plants you can use; including tropical and succulents.

Bring your own empty jars to create a variety of different-sized terrariums to take home.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential. 2-4pm. £20 (£18 Concessions & Garden Members) which includes entry to the Botanic Garden.  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit our Eventbrite page.

 

Planning your Veg Garden

Friday October 25th

Join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Ben, to learn how to transform an unbroken plot to a working vegetable garden.

This course will include practical and theory sessions and will cover design and measuring, construction and planting plans.

Course at the National Botanic Garden.  Booking is essential. 10am-2pm. £30 (£27 Concessions & Garden Members) which includes entry to the Botanic Garden.  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or visit our Eventbrite page.

 

5-Week Beekeeping Theory

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

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

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.

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.

 

Arty Cooks

Growing the Future are thrilled to be working in partnership with Arty Cooks and Insole Court to provide fun, basic cookery classes for children.  Arty Cooks classes help children learn how to make a range of sweet and savoury dishes from scratch, using good quality, fresh ingredients.

Pumpkin Cake – Friday November 1st
10am, 11:30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

‘Pumpkin Cake’ is the first in a series of individual cookery courses held at the beautiful Insole Court in Llandaff, Cardiff, aimed at pre-school children aged 2-5 years.

We will start the session looking at some fabulous pumpkins, then your child will be guided through making their very own pumpkin cake, complete with a cream cheese topping.

The cake batter will be prepared during the session, then placed in a foil container with a lid for you to take home and bake. You will be provided with a separate container for the icing and recipe to take home containing cooking instructions.

Pre-booking essential through the Arty Cooks website.

Mini Cheese and Veg Pasties – Friday November 22nd
10am, 11:30am & 1pm

‘Cheese and Vegetable Pasties’ is the second in a series of individual cookery courses held at the beautiful Insole Court in Llandaff, Cardiff, aimed at pre-school children aged 2-5 years.

We will start the session looking at our ingredients and talking about ‘eating the rainbow’; we will have some beautiful Welsh Cheddar, seasonal mushrooms, sweetcorn and tomatoes. Your child will then be guided through making 2 mini cheese and vegetable pasties.

The pasties will be prepared during the session, then placed in box to take home and bake. Box for transport and recipe to take home containing cooking instructions provided.

Pre-booking essential through the Arty Cooks website.

Salmon Fishcakes – Friday December 6th
10am, 11.30am & 1pm

‘Salmon Fishcakes’ is the third in a series of individual cookery courses held at the beautiful Insole Court in Llandaff, Cardiff, aimed at pre-school children aged 2-5 years.

We will start the session looking at our ingredients; there will be some beautiful salmon, Welsh Cheddar and Welsh Potatoes. Your child will then be guided through making 2 salmon fishcakes.

The fishcakes will be prepared during the session, then placed in a container to take home and bake. Box for transport and recipe to take home containing cooking instructions provided.

Pre-booking essential through the Arty Cooks website.

Starry Mince Pies – Friday December 20th
10am, 11.30am & 1pm

‘Starry Mince Pies’ is the fourth in a series of individual cookery courses held at the beautiful Insole Court in Llandaff, Cardiff, aimed at pre-school children aged 2-5 years.

As Christmas is nearly with us, what better time to make a batch of starry mince pies! First we will be looking at where our eggs, flour and butter come from, then your child will then be guided through making 6 individual mince pies.

The mince pies will be prepared during the session, then placed in box for you to take home and bake. Box for transport and recipe containing cooking instructions provided.

Pre-booking essential through the Arty Cooks website.