Evening course – Pruning Techniques

pruning techniques - Buddleia Blue ChipStudents eager to learn about pruning came armed with photos of problem shrubs and trees. Under the guidance of our resident arborist, Chris Mills, they practiced with the wide range of secateurs provided by our sponsors FELCO and began to get to grips with the principles behind pruning. All agreed that the only way to improve one's skills was indeed to get out and give it a go. They all left with their own neatly pruned Buddleia Blue Chip.

Beyond Daffodils

p1160768Our new course on perennials and bulbs was a tremendous success not least because of the wonderful location at the inspiring perennials nursery in Trélex, R. Jaggi. Surrounded by an amazing selection of plants we enjoyed a morning bathed in the warm sunshine of this Indian summer - to be repeated we think.

Perfect Pots & Clever Containers

spring containersStudents developed their knowledge of spring bulbs and learned how to layer their planting for maximum impact in the early spring. These fantastic containers prepared by the students are packed with violas, heather and calocephalus and are underplanted with tulips and crocus. A great take home box.

World Radio Switzerland Do Club

p1110132 (1)For the first time we will run a WRS Do Club offer on one of our courses. This means students may sign up for the course entitled: "Get Gardening in Geneva" to take place on Monday evening, 10 November. This offer is only valid via the WRS Do Club website http://www.worldradio.ch/deals/ and only for a limited time. Sign up soon.

Lovely Lawns

grass or weed - lovely lawns october 2014Our first evening course of this new academic year got off to a great start with advice from our expert lawns man Chris. Students came armed with photographs and real samples of grass or a variety of weeds to see how to best improve the quality of their green space.


The Edible Garden – Vegetables

seed pots parsnips & spinachBoth morning and evening classes proved very popular. Students discovered the ease of planting with plug plants and learned about the best way to deal with seeds; from mixing tiny seeds with sand to see them more easily and to using seed impregnated seed strips which helps keep track of seedlings over weeds when planted outside.


Jardins en Fête

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Tara Lissner, Chris Mills and Hester Macdonald, Coppet 2014 (photo: Jean-Luc Girerd)

Another successful horticultural event at the Château de Coppet - what a treat to have such a fantastic garden show on our doorstep. Thanks to everyone who came to say hello, everyone who joined our "taster sessions", the many new faces and all our supportive friends - we hope you enjoyed the three days as much as we did.

Mark your calendar for next year, 8-10 May 2015 - we'll be there.

Lovely Lawns

Chris - lawnsOur recent morning and evening courses had students get some hands-on experience with weed identification. Our trainer Chris got up close and personal with weeds, identifying the best way to remove them from the lawn and keep them out. The Fiskars weed puller proved to be the most popular implement. Grass seed varieties and alternative ground cover possibilities were also discussed. We also navigated issues on mowing, scarifying, fertilizing and top dressing.

Design – on a budget – making it work

design-getting started 28-01-14What do you want from your garden, where do you spend the most time and what do you look out at most from inside your home? These questions help identify the most important areas within your garden thus allowing you to see where you should think about making an investment. Students learned how to identify these areas and then got to work on creating plans to improve their existing plots. Discussions about plant size, fencing styles and soil quality were most interesting but keeping it all within a budget was the key.