Jardins en Fête

Hester Macdonald and Tara Lissner, Jardins en Fête 2015, Coppet. (photo Jean-Luc Girerd)

Many thanks to all who joined our pop-up courses at the wonderful Jardins en Fête in Coppet in May. It was great to see so many enthusiastic amateur gardeners.

April will be busy

With the cold of winter now behind us and Easter fast approaching it is time to thing about gardening again. Take a look at our course list for April lots to do, lots to plan and lots to plant. Come join us.

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.