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Growing the Future Newsletter – September 20

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Preparing your Garden for Winter Course

On Saturday, September 22nd, join horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Preparing your Garden for Winter Course.

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

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.

 

Hands-On Horticulture: Workshop Series

Making the Cut
An introduction to pruning established shrubs. Join Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien to learn a clear and simple approach to this enjoyable garden task. Select the right tools and choose cut position. Examine and identify seasonal growth. Review stem selection and practice under guidance in the walled garden.

Tuesday, September 25th – 10am-12.30pm

Booking is essential.  £17 (£15 Concessions & Garden Members) – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Planting Design Course: Part 2

On Saturday, September 29th, join horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Planting Design: Part 2 Course.

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.

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.

 

Introduction to Candle Making Course

On Wednesday, October 3rd, join Growing the Future’s Ecosystems Trainer, Lynda Christie, for an Introduction to Candle Making Course.

If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift, or looking to create your own handmade gifts, how about a Growing the Future candle making or candle dipping course?

Learn about the products of the hive produced by the honeybees in our Bee Garden, including beeswax and its use in candles.  Learn the principles of candle rolling and moulding, and create your own candles to take home.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £45 (£41 Concessions & Garden Members) – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Getting to know your Garden Fungi Course

In the build-up to Wales Fungus Day on Sunday, October 14th, join the Botanic Garden’s Head of Interpretation, Bruce Langridge, for a Getting to know your Garden Fungi Course on Wednesday, October 10th.

If you’re curious about fungi but, find them bafflingly hard to identify and understand, this course is for you.

After a short indoor introduction to the wonderful world of garden fungi, you’ll be taken on a foray around the Botanic Garden. Here you’ll to be shown the best kind of places to look for fungi, learn a few basic identification techniques and hopefully discover a fascinating variety of wild fungi shapes, colours and sizes. Back indoors, you’ll be shown how to look closely at fungi and their spores, and to investigate which fungi identification books and handouts might suit your needs.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members) – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

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.

Booking is essential.  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 – NEW!
2019: Wednesday April 24th, Saturday June 15th, Sunday July 21st & Friday August 9th – 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
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)

Introduction to Candle Making
Wednesday October 3 & Saturday December 1 – 10am-2pm
Learn about the products of the hive produced by the honeybees, including beeswax and its use in candles.  Learn the principles of candle rolling and moulding, and create your own candles to take home.
£45 (£41 Concessions & Garden Members)

Introduction to Candle Dipping
Saturday October 6 & Wednesday December 5 – 10am-2pm
Learn about the products of the hive produced by the honeybees, including beeswax and its use in candles.  Learn the principles of candle dipping and create your own candles to take home.
£45 (£41 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)

 

Horticulture & Science 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.

Garden of Plants of Distinction: Perennials
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.
£40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members)

Science in the Garden
Saturday November 24th – 10.30am-3.30pm

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.
£35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members)

Captivating Conifers
2019: Thursday January 24th / Saturday February 9th – 10.30am-3pm
Conifers are a fascinating group of plants, including cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces.  During this course Growing the Future’s Science Officer, Dr Kevin McGinn, will introduce the key features used to identify different conifer families and species and will explain the origins of some ‘dwarf’ garden conifers.  The course will begin in our teaching lab, moving on to a tour of of conifers in the Garden’s living collections.  Beginners and improvers welcome.
£35 (£32 Concessions & Garden Members)

Booking is essential – for more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.