• 26 January - Grafting
Learn the technique of grafting and why it is widely used in the industry. A practical lesson on grafting will include a demonstration and then practical work on prepared rootstock. Take home your work and grow on in your garden or pot for the patio.
• 2 February - Hedge Laying
Learn the technique of hedge laying out on the rural estate and watch a live demonstration of the craft. Be part of a task force that will then hedge lay a section of hedge.
• 9 February - Introduction to Gardening
Come along and find out how you can successfully grow a variety of plants in your garden however big or small. Advice about growin your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in pots or plots.
• 23 February - Wood in the Garden
Make your own Bird box/ Bee hotel or Bird feeder using wood provided and following construction drawings. Understand the tools used for the job and how to use them safely.
• 9 March - Science of Soil
Come and find out about the fascinating world of soil and plants. What goes on underground to determine what plants grow where and how we can change the soil properties to allow a greater variety of plants to grow in it. How to improve your soils with composting techniques and wildlife friendly additives.
• 13 April - Propagation
We will be looking at what plants can be divided and using class material to demostrate how lots of plants can be created from one main plant. We will also be looking at methods of taking cuttings and then the class will use class material to take lots of cuttings to take home and grow on. Take home a selection of cuttings to grow on at home.
• 27 April - Spring Planter
Look at different containers for growing, design a container and plant out with plug plants provided. Look at using recycled items to use as containers. Come away with a recycled container which you have planted or bring in your own pot or planter to plant out.
• 8 June - Pest and Diseases
Learn about the world of garden pests and diseases and how to identify and treat them organically.
• 14 September - Seed Collecting
Part of the Plants for free series, come and learn about how plants disperse their seeds and the best ways to collect them for using in your garden. We will be going out into the gardens nearby to collect seed from a variety of garden plants and discussing the best methods of storage to maximise viability next year.
• 12 October - Autumn Pruning
Find out about the different forms of pruning techniques and what plants benefit from selective cutting back or training. We will be going out into the gardens to practice using tools and techniques correctly.
• 9 November - Introduction to Garden Design
Learn the basic principle of garden design and how to apply them to your garden. If you have an area in mind, bring along the measurements for your space and design a garden with the help of expert advice.