Gardening for Pleasure

Ref: C3672914

This is a classroom-based course to introduce participants to new areas of garden-related topics, and to broaden their knowledge of plants and gardening techniques. We will examine some of the science, history and culture of plants and gardening, as well as identifying seasonal tasks and how to perform them. Topics include: The Garden in April; The Garden in May; The Garden in June; The Garden in July; Best gardens to visit; Seasonal propagation; Popular garden styles; Fertilizers, mulches, and no-dig gardening; Doing away with plastic?; Annual seeds to sow for cut flowers; Plant labelling; Grasses and ferns; Autumn colour.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Plan and carry out seasonal tasks in the garden
  • Carry out seasonal propagation
  • Choose annual seeds to sow for cut flowers
  • Understand the use of fertilizers, mulches and no-dig gardening

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Gardening for Pleasure

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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