Special Plants Nursery » 2018 Gardening Courses

  

AUTUMN 

TAKING CUTTINGS
Monday 11 September, repeated on Wednesday 27 September
Learn how new plants grow from cuttings. How to take your cuttings and when. Composts, timing, aftercare. Have a go with different kinds of plants in Derry’s garden. Take home your cuttings. (maximum of 12)
Taught by Derry Watkins

GROWING FROM SEED
Monday 18 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

GROWING PLANTS FOR SALE (Two days - £170)
Thursday & Friday, 28 & 29 September
Which plants to grow.  Who to sell them to. Where to sell.  How to market yourself.  Composts, labelling, equipment, pricing, costs & planning.
Taught by Derry Watkins

GRAVEL GARDENING
Monday 2 October
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

CUT FLOWER GARDENING
Monday 9 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

WILLOW PLANT SUPPORTS
Friday 13 October
Weaving willow plant supports. Take home a wigwam which you have made. (maximum of 12)
Taught by Richard Kerwood, Windrush Willow

GARDENING WITH GRASSES
Monday 16 October
Using ornamental grasses 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

WHAT PLANT IS THAT?
Wednesday 18 October
Get to grips with the nitty-gritty of plant classification. Is it a bract, is it a leaf, or is it a petal? Pull a flower apart to find its true identity. (maximum of 10)
Taught by Tim Walker, Oxford University

WINTER CUTTINGS
Wednesday 25 October
Cuttings for the dormant season - hardwood cuttings, root cuttings, layering, air layering and division.
Taught by Derry Watkins

PRUNING
Friday 27 October
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

AN ARTFUL CHRISTMAS
Monday 4 December
Using seedheads, twigs and berries, make hedgerow garlands and use them to decorate willow wreaths and decorations (maximum of 10) plus £10 for materials
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 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

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

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