Gardening for Pleasure

Ref: C3670506

A classroom-based practical course to introduce participants to new areas of garden-related topics, and to broaden their knowledge of plants and gardening techniques.

Course aim

To explore an agreed programme of topics relating to gardening To provide a forum for discussion of learners' gardening questions and problems

Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone, including beginners. No previous experience, qualification or level of fitness is required, although some basic interest and knowledge would be helpful.

What topics will this course cover

The Garden in April The Garden in May The Garden in June The Fruit and Vegetable garden Scent through the seasons Planning colour in the garden Using foliage indoors and outdoors All about roses Herbs Propagation + Plant of the week

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Carry out seasonal tasks in the garden Identify and use plants for scent Plan to maximise colour in the garden Carry out seasonal propagation

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback is given on a continuous basis, aimed at providing a positive and supportive experience for participants, and particularly for those new to gardening.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Nothing is essential, but students might find pen and paper useful for notes. Handouts are available but wherever possible are sent via email for reading in advance and to reduce the need for printing.

Reading and information sources

None is essential but any gardening information is helpful - books, magazines or internet

What could the course lead to?

Subject to student numbers, a further course should be available. Skills and knowledge gained can be used to better appreciate the history and contents of a garden, and to maintain and develop your garden. Gardening, of course, is seen as greatly beneficial, both physically and mentally. This course also requires mental engagement during classes and during individual work.

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Gardening for Pleasure Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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