A whole new year of gardening has dawned and Poundbury Gardens of Poundbury, Dorchester has just announced a whole series of talks, courses and events to start the new season off. From hands on pruning to willow weaving, there are events covering all areas of gardening, including how to care for houseplants, how to attract wildlife to your garden and feed them when they are there, how to prick out and pot on and how to be a greener gardener!
"We have talked too many of our customers and even the very experienced gardeners have asked for refresher courses on certain aspects of gardening or new greener methods of controlling pests and problems. So we have covered some basics such as sowing seeds and more complex tasks such as pruning, border design and lawn care. We have also invited some local experts to come along, so we have the RSPB coming to talk about attracting birds to the garden, also a day course in willow weaving and a weekend devoted to organic gardening," said James Foster-Pegg, director of The Gardens Group.
There will be a hands-on pruning course on 9th February from 10.30am until 3.30pm. Angela Morley Bsc Hort., Horticulturist and Garden Designer, will start with the theory of pruning overgrown shrubs and then move outside into the garden centre to demonstrate the techniques on several different shrub and plant varieties. The cost of the course is £25 per person which includes a delicious buffet lunch.
On February 12th a free talk on house plant care will take place at 2.30pm and this will be followed on 16th and 17th February by a weekend devoted to houseplants. The potting bench will be set up to re-pot plants and there will be an opportunity to trade in any tired house plants against new ones! There will be experts on hand with advice and help.
A full list of events and talks is available from Poundbury Gardens and bookings can be made by calling 01305 257250.