Students 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.
Our 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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the recent Geneva Expat Expo. We were delighted to meet some new garden enthusiasts and see some old friends.
Both 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.
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.
Our 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.
What 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.