Special Plants Nursery » 2018 Gardening Courses
 

SPRING 

NO DIG VEGETABLE GARDENING    £120
Wednesday 11 April
Learn about growing all kinds of vegetables and many fruits productively, organically, and with less effort.  Compost, manures, mulch, coping with weeds and slugs, timing, sowing and picking.
Taught by Charles Dowding

PRUNING   £100  
Thursday 12 April 
Pruning shrubs, fruit trees, perennials, grasses etc for form, vigour & flowering.  When to prune, why to prune, when not to prune
Taught by Mary Payne  

CUT FLOWER GARDENING   £120  
Monday 16 April
Planning your garden so you can cut flowers from it all year. What to grow.  How to cut and condition them.
Taught by Georgie Newbery, The Cut Flower Farmer

PLANTING DESIGN FOR YEAR ROUND INTEREST   £100
Thursday 19 April
Does your garden run out of steam half-way through the year?  How to choose plants so that the garden looks attractive all year.  Key tips and techniques to keep your garden looking good.  Learn to make a planting plan.
Taught by Michelle Wake, The Crafty Gardeners, and Greenwave Design

 

AUTUMN

TAKING CUTTINGS   £100
Thursday 13 September (now full).     repeated on       Friday 21 September 
Learn how new plants grow from cuttings. How to take your cuttings and when. Composts, timing, aftercare. Practice taking softwood cuttings of different kinds of plants in Derry’s garden. Take home several pots of cuttings. (maximum of 12)
Taught by Derry Watkins

GROWING FROM SEED   £100
Monday 17 September
Sowing seeds. Dealing with dormancy.  Pricking out and caring for seedlings.  Collecting, cleaning and storing your own seed. Clean and package several kinds of seed to take home.
Taught by Derry Watkins

GRAVEL GARDENING   £100
Monday 24 September
How to design, make and maintain a gravel garden.  The best plants to grow.  Why plants love it.  Why it is nearly the No Work Garden.
Taught by Derry Watkins

GROWING PLANTS FOR SALE   Two days - £200
Wednesday & Thursday, 26 & 27 September
Which plants to grow.  Who to sell them to. Where to sell.  How to market yourself.  Composts, labelling, equipment, pricing, costs & planning production. (maximum of 12)
Taught by Derry Watkins

CUT FLOWER GARDENING   £120
Monday 1 October
Planning your garden so you can cut flowers from it all year. What to grow.  How to cut and condition them.
Taught by Georgie Newbery, The Cut Flower Farmer

BECOME A PLANT DETECTIVE   £100
Monday 8 October
Get your magnifying glass out and follow the clues to identify a plant.  Is it a petal, is it a leaf, is it a bract?  Pull a flower apart to find its true identity.  Basic botany for gardeners.  (maximum of 10)
Taught by Tim Walker, Oxford University

WILLOW PLANT SUPPORTS   £100
Monday 15 October
Making small hurdles, supports for perennials and wigwams for climbers.  Learn to weave willow plant supports. Take home a wigwam which you have made. (maximum of 12)
Taught by Richard Kerwood, Windrush Willow

GARDENING WITH GRASSES   £100
Friday 19 October
Using ornamental grasses of every colour, size and habit for year round effect. Which ones to grow, where to grow them, how to prune and propagate them, what to grow with them.
Taught by Mary Payne

PRUNING   £100
Monday 22 October
The art of pruning shrubs, fruit trees, perennials, grasses etc for form, vigour & flowering.  When to prune, why to prune, when not to prune.
Taught by Mary Payne

WREATHS AND GARLANDS   £120
Monday 3 December
Using seedheads, twigs and berries, make hedgerow garlands and use them to decorate willow wreaths and decorations (maximum of 10) 
Taught by Georgie Newbery, The Cut Flower Farmer

Time:  10am-4pm

Place:  Special Plants Nursery, Greenways lane, cold Ashton, Chippenham, Wilts  SN14 8LA

Courses designed to teach real skills and to give practical hands-on experience. Numbers limited to fifteen or less. Coffee and homemade lunch included. Please ring to confirm dates before booking. Other dates are sometimes available.

Make cheque out to Derry Watkins and send to: Special Plants, Greenways Lane, Cold Ashton, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 8LA

e-mail: derry@specialplants.net                  website: www.specialplants.net                    phone: Bath (01225) 891686

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