University of Leicester eBulletin

Growing Places

May 2003
No 116

If you've been impressed with TV programmes about garden makeovers - now's a chance to learn the tricks of the trade and hone your skills even further.

The University of Leicester is providing a range of short courses to help your gardening skills blossom.

The University's Institute of Lifelong Learning and members of the Botanic Garden, are offering a programme of short courses introducing garden enthusiasts to key techniques, which not only create the perfect garden but will also help, to maintain and keep a garden at its optimum.

The courses vary from the scientific to the creative. A course in Plant Biology introduces students to general plant morphology, roots of monocots and di-cots, stems and leafs of monocots and di-cots, flower structure and using a plant key.

A course in Wreath Making teaches styles and designs of wreaths and swags and materials used in construction. There is something for everyone. The full range is:

        An Introduction to Propagation

        An Introduction to Garden Design

        An Introduction to Organic Gardening

        Pest and Disease Identification

        Green House Gardening


        Wreath Making

        How to make a Winter trough

        The Indoor/Outdoor Herb Garden

        Lawn Care


        Fruit Gardening

        Hanging Baskets

        Plant Biology

All courses take place on Saturdays from 10am-1pm and are held in the University's Botanic Garden in Oadby. The cost is 30 per person per course and all materials are provided.

The courses are being held throughout the year - contact 0116 252 5911 for more information.

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