Garden School:


Garden School:
Teaching this week: Rose pruning (as always!) and water management

Events

I will be presenting the following FSC courses again in 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.



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

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.



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.



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.








Saturday May 20th, 2017:  Introduction to Broad-leaved Trees for the FSC:


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.



Saturday March 25th, 2017: How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA:


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!




Saturday March 18th 2017: Introduction to Conifers for the FSC:



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.




Saturday February 25th 2017: Tree ID in Winter for the FSC:

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.