New Year,new Skill! from Photography to Pruning and Drawing, Why Not Resolve to Take a Gardening Course in 2018?

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New Year,new Skill! from Photography to Pruning and Drawing, Why Not Resolve to Take a Gardening Course in 2018?


Byline: Constance Craig Smith

Whether your New Year's resolution is to grow a wider range of plants, redesign your garden or learn how to draw the flowers in your borders, you can pick up the skills you need on one of the many gardening-related courses taking place around the country.

Brush up on your garden photography technique on 27 January at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden with a one-day workshop on digital photography. It starts with a walk round the garden to identify what plants to photograph, followed by the chance to capture your own images with input from photographer Graham Parish. The course costs PS45 (bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden).

At Kew Gardens in London you can learn more about the fascinating orchid family and how best to grow them. The one-day Orchids for Beginners course, led by Sussex orchid grower Laurence Hobbs, is on 21 February and costs PS70; you'll get advice on what orchids to cultivate and how to keep them in top condition (kew.org).

West Dean College in Sussex, which is surrounded by glorious gardens, offers a wealth of gardening courses throughout the year. On 17 February 'no-dig' guru Charles Dowding will explore easier ways to achieve a successful vegetable and fruit garden in Simplifying the Rules (PS75); the following month there are courses on gardening for a naturalistic effect (3 March, PS75) and garden maintenance (17 or 18 March, PS124, westdean.org.uk).

At the lovely gardens at The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent - once the home of Steph and Dom of Gogglebox fame, now a luxury hotel - charismatic head gardener Steve Edney is holding one-day gardening courses throughout the year. On 20 March there's a propagation masterclass, while on 29 March the topic is working in beds and borders. …

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