27th September. A day looking at the extensive Betula collection at Ness Botanic Gardens.The day will be led by Ness staff and will focus primarily on identification of birches and their allies, propagation, cultivation and Betula conservation. The day will include tours of the extensive Betula collection at Ness studying their uses in the garden and will include study of the different sections of Betula (Nipponobetula, Aspera, and Acuminata and Betula). Attendees are encouraged to bring along samples for identification. This day is aimed at all those interested in the use of Betula in design and plant conservation and is suitable for beginners.
We are pleased to announce our new Bronze Sponsor for 2018 The Garden Label & Sign Company who specialise in the design and production of bespoke, durable, labelling for horticulture. Offering an engraving service, as well as supplying blank labels to those who have their own engraving equipment. They design and manufacture laser engraved labels and signs. Using a range of materials to include plastic laminates, solid wood, metals and slate.
Friday March 16th. Chester Zoo.
This training day is an update on ABS and how it relates to all those working in gardens and with plant collections. This international agreement, developed from the 1992 Convention of Biological Diversity, is key to how we all manage our gardens. Speakers will include those who influence and disseminate the practicalities of this legislation and will share practical case studies and help attendees to understand relevance of the documentation and current national and international discussions.
Thursday, 3rd May 2018. Saltram, Devon.
Our Trees forum training days are popular amongst arborists, horticulturists and botanists. The National Trust garden Saltram, celebrated its 60th anniversary under National Trust ownership in 2017.
Dr Martin J Stott, Senior Gardener, will lead the day. Attendees will learn more about the planning and processes of managing trees in historic landscapes and within visitor environments. The day will include consideration of National Trust tree safety processes.
Tuesday, 26th June 2018. Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Led by Iain Parkinson, Wakehurst’s Conservation and Woodlands Manager, and other staff at Wakehurst Place this day will consider the restoration of wild habitats, including meadows and hedgerows. Presentations and site walks will explain how protecting and conserving natural features help both to safeguard the ‘spirit of place’ and enhance the visual appeal of introduced plant collections within a designed landscape.