Garden School:

Garden School:
Teaching this week: Rose pruning (as always!) and leaf mold.


I will be presenting the following courses and talks in 2018: listed in reverse date order, so scroll down to see the earliest ones.

June 2018:

How to use a Botanical Key - Bushy Park, London - Sat 23rd June 2018

"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace) and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, a copy of which will be provided for you to keep.

This practical course will take us outside as much as possible.

May 2018:

Introduction to Broad-leaved Trees - Bushy Park, London - Sat 19th May 2018

This one-day course is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.

April 2018:

Thursday 12th April 2018: evening talk at Wallingford Garden Club: Wildflower meadows, nectar bars and attracting birds into your garden

March 2018:

Saturday 3rd  March 2018:  I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA:

In addition, the WFGA have asked me to repeat the course in Staffordshire, later in the year, for their more northern members: the date will be Saturday 6th October, venue to be confirmed.

A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!

Thursday 8th March 2018: evening talk at Sunningwell Garden Club

Introduction to Coniferous Trees - Bushy Park, London - Sat 17th March 2018

If you think you know nothing at all about Conifers, this is the course for you! It's a one-day course, with a lot to cover, but by the end of the day you will be able to recognise most of the commonly-found Conifers in the UK to genus level. No, not genius level, genus level - being a genius would take more than one day...  if you can't make the date or the location, this course is based around my book Conifer Basics, which is an easy introduction to a difficult subject.

February 2018:

Winter Tree ID - Bushy Park, London - Sat 10th February 2018

This is suitable for complete beginners: even if you can't really recognise trees in summer, you can still learn to do it in winter, and just think how much easier it will be once they have leaves! A short one-day introduction to the subject, we will spend the morning doing "Identifying", by working through the keys in the FSC's own Guide to Winter Trees, then in the afternoon we'll be doing the short-hand version, "Recognising", using my Cribs: and yes, you get to keep the Crib afterwards!

If you can't make the date or location, check out my book on the subject, Winter Tree ID, free to download if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, and only a few pounds, if you don't.