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SPRING 

WILLOW PLANT SUPPORTS
Monday 11 April
How to make small hurdles, stem supports and wigwams for climbers. Weave a willow frame & take it home. (maximum of 10)
Taught by Richard Kirwood. of Windrush Willow

PRUNING
Friday 15 April
The art of pruning shrubs, trees, fruit trees, grasses perennials, etc. Pruning for form and vigour and flowering. When to prune, why to prune, when not to prune.
Taught by Mary Payne.

CUT FLOWER GARDENING
Thursday 14th April repeated on Monday 18th April
Planning your garden so you can cut from it all year round. Choosing the best plants and keeping them blooming. How to cut them and condition them.
Taught by Georgie Newbery, The Cut Flower Farmer

 

AUTUMN 

TAKING CUTTINGS
Thursday 8 September repeated on Monday 10 October
How new plants grow from cuttings. Composts, tools, timing, aftercare. Practice soft and semi-ripe cuttings from a wide variety of plants. Take home your cuttings.
Taught by Derry Watkins

GROWING FROM SEED
Friday 9 September
Sowing, pricking out and caring for seedlings. Dealing with dormancy. Collecting, cleaning and storing seeds (including some to take home)
Taught by Derry Watkins

GARDENING WITH GRASSES
Friday 23 September
Using ornamental grasses for year round effect. Which ones to grow, where to grow them, what to grow them with, how to prune and propagate them.
Taught by Mary Payne

CUT FLOWER GARDENING
Monday 26 September
Planning your garden so you can cut from it all year round. Choosing the best plants and keeping them blooming. How to cut them and condition them.
Taught by Georgie Newbery, The Cut Flower Farmer

PAINTING THE PLANTS YOU GROW
Thursday 29 September
A practical hands on watercolour workshop for gardeners. Observing, drawing, compostion, mixing and applying paint. Demonstrations and individual tuition for all levels. (maximum of 10).
Taught by Jenny Jowett

GROWING PLANTS FOR SALE
Thursday and Friday 6 & 7 October (NOW FULL), repeated on Thursday and Friday 13 & 14 October
Two days - £170 Day 1: What plants to grow. Who to sell them to. Where to sell, how to advertise. Day 2: Composts, equipment, labelling, pricing, costs & planning.
Taught by Derry Watkins

TAKING CUTTINGS
Monday 10 October (NOW FULL), repeated on Monday 3 October (NOW FULL), and now repeated again on Friday 21 October
Learn how new plants grow from cuttings. How to take your cuttings, and when. Composts, tools, timing, aftercare. Practice soft and semi-ripe cuttings from a wide variety of plants. Take home your cuttings. (maximum of 10)
Taught by Derry Watkins

GRAVEL GARDENING
Monday 17 October
How to design, make and maintain a gravel garden The best plants to grow. Why plants love it. Why it is the No Work Garden
Taught by Derry Watkins

WILLOW PLANT SUPPORTS
Thursday 27 October
How to make small hurdles, stem supports and wigwams for climbers. Weave a willow frame & take it home (maximum of 10).
Taught by Richard Kirwood. of Windrush Willow

PRUNING
Friday 28 October
The art of pruning shrubs, trees, fruit trees, grasses perennials, etc. Pruning for form and vigour and flowering. When to prune, why to prune, when not to prune.
Taught by Mary Payne.

AN ARTFUL CHRISTMAS
Monday 5 December repeated on Monday 12 December
Using seedheads, twigs, berries and leaves make hedgerow garlands and use them to deorate willow wreaths and table decorations.
Taught by Georgie Newbery, The Cut Flower Farmer

 

Cost: £90 for one place, £80 each additional place. Bring a friend. Time: 10am-4pm

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

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

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

glowing review of courses: http://www.artistsgarden.co.uk/a-visit-to-special-plants/

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