New for 2014 – Gardening Workshops

If you have recently discovered the joys of gardening or have some experience and would like to expand your knowledge and develop your skills, our two new gardening workshops could be ideal for you.

This July and August, our gardener, Jackie Hunt will be joined by horticulturist Lindsay Engers to run two morning workshops.

Plants in the dry garden

Plants in the dry garden

‘Selecting and Caring for Plants’ on Friday 25 July (10am-1pm) aims to introduce budding gardeners to selecting suitable plants for particular conditions and tips on plant care. We shall explore Turn End’s gardens, which are a series of garden ‘rooms’, each with a different aspect, soil conditions and planting style. We shall identify plants that are suitable for different conditions and discuss planting for year round interest.

We shall also identify plant problems such as pests and diseases and nutrient deficiencies. We shall discuss general principles of plant care and methods to deal with plant problems.

There will be some study resources to help students select plants to suit their own garden and students are welcome to bring along questions about their own plants and garden.

In the workshop ‘An Introduction to Propagation Techniques’ on Friday 15 August (10am-1pm), we shall use plant material from Turn End’s gardens to demonstrate the main methods of propagation. This will include seed sowing, taking simple cuttings and dividing plants. We shall also discuss some more unusual methods such as layering, root cuttings and leaf cuttings.

Students will be able to practice taking their own cuttings to take home to grow. Students are welcome to bring in plant material from home for advice on suitable methods of propagation.

There will be an opportunity to purchase plants grown at Turn End at the end of both workshops.

Jackie Hunt MA has been the gardener at Turn End since 2010. Jackie studied the RHS Diploma and National Diploma in Horticulture and previously worked for the National Trust and ran her own garden design & maintenance business.

Lindsay Engers BSc (Hons) Hortic, DTLLS, QTLS, MIfL  is a horticultural graduate from Reading University and has the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and Qualified Teaching and Learning Status. He has taught adults theoretical and practical gardening for 25 years in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and enjoys conserving and growing many types of plants.

The workshops are part of a new programme of Events for 2014, organised by the Turn End Charitable Trust.

Both workshops cost £20 and are limited to 10 people.

To find out more or book a place please contact our Events Co-ordinator: turnendtrustevents@gmail.com / 07591 018601

 

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