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Improve your Garden - Principles and practices of making a better garden

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Start date: 16th Sep 2019

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £76

Day: Monday

Duration: 8 weeks

Tutor: Georgina Bordewich

Course code: 19A141

This course is for;

Both those with little or no experience of gardening as well as those who already have an established garden, but want to experiment with different styles and plants.

For the first session students will need;

Pen and paper for note taking though handouts are produced for each lesson.

Additional Costs; Please bring some money for the cafeteria at break time

The course aims; To give students the skills and confidence to experiment with different planting styles and understand how to choose the right plants for the right place. Students will learn about the skills necessary to grow and maintain plants successfully, how to use their garden boundaries, and how to look after a garden. Students will learn how to plan ahead and be able to plant, propagate and prune at the right time of year. The course, where possible, can be tailored to cover what each student wants to achieve in their own garden.

The course will cover

1 Garden history – potted Current garden styles

2 Plant habitats and requirements Looking at soil – what it is and how to improve it

3 Basic garden survey – what might we think about Types of plant – annuals, perennials and bulbs (recommended varieties)

4 Types of plants – trees and shrubs (recommended varieties)

Plant naming and understanding plant labels

5 Thinking about colour Seasonal interest Putting it together – beginning to design

6 Maintenance requirements Looking at weeds

7 Overview of common pests and diseases and what to do Pruning overview

8 Incorporating edibles -using garden walls and fences Pots or AOB

By the end of the course students should be able to: Make garden design decisions and select plants for their garden with confidence. Have the skills to maintain their garden using sound horticultural principals. Source information to develop their skills further.

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Georgina Bordewich

Georgina has worked as a gardener and horticulturalist in a wide variety of garden styles and sizes. This has included working as head gardener in the regeneration of a 6 acre historical garden, as well as redesigning and maintaining small and medium size outdoor spaces. A niche area she has worked on recently has been designing and planting borders for weddings and seasonal celebrations. Georgina has taken her Level 3 Certificate with the RHS in Practical Horticulture and very much enjoys working with clients to educate them in the ongoing maintenance of their gardens. She has 3 young children and an allotment to fill in any spare time.

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