Suntrap Garden


Suntrap to Close

Yesterday we got the awful news that due to cut backs Oatridge College who run lifelong learning classes at Suntrap Garden are handing the garden back to the National Trust for Scotland at the end of July.  The NTS are themselves in trouble financially and it looks as if the garden will be shut permanently unless someone appears very quickly with a rescue package. The volunteers who help in the garden are willing to continue to support the garden and the Friends of Suntrap also want to continue to support the garden.

There is doubt about what will happen to the National Bonsai Collection which is housed in the garden. A new bonsai house is nearing completion. In the last year volunteers have been keeping the garden open to visitors over the weekends and visitor numbers have increased as have sales of plants grown to help maintain the garden.

If you have not yet visited this treasure then please do so before the gates close for the last time. If you think it should be saved for its teaching facility which will be impossible to replicate at Oatridge then write to your MSP, MP, etc. So much lottery money is going to support the Olympic games but we need funding now for a basic educational facility for the most vulnerable members of society. On this site alone day in and day out we see people asking basic gardening questions like how to grow potatoes. At Suntrap, adult education night classes cater for the increasing numbers who want to learn about gardening.

Hidden Treasure to Close

Taken from the article from the blog – Grows on You, to find out further information http://www.sos2010.btck.co.uk

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Evening Classes and Workshops for Autumn and Winter

As many of you may be aware Oatridge College notified us on Wednesday 9 June that they would no longer be involved with Suntrap Garden as they are withdrawing from using the garden as a teaching facility. 

At the moment consultation is going on with the National Trust for Scotland who are joint owners of the site.  The garden will remain open until Tuesday 31 August and may well continue to be open after that date of the college withdrawal.

It is therefore with huge sadness that we have to inform you that all evening classes and workshops are being cancelled as we cannot run them from Suntrap Garden and Oatridge College has decided not to transfer classes to their main campus.

We would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and hope that you have enjoyed the classes and that they have inspired you and relaxed you.



Flower Arranging Night Class

The new 10 week flower arranging course has been running now for a couple of weeks.  The arrangments that the students have been making are simply stunning.



Evening Classes and Workshops – Places still available

SPRING AND SUMMER 2010

ADULT CLASSES

*N.B. Cost of Materials & Flowers Extra

Flower Arranging for all Occasions (some experience required) (10 Weeks)   £105.00*

Some previous experience necessary

Mondays 12 April – 14th June, 7– 9 p.m. (Limited to 12 Places)



WORKSHOPS

10.00 am to 12.00 Noon on Saturday Mornings

£10 each Workshop or £34 if booking all four Workshops

(*Cost of plants and materials extra)

Saturday 17th April- Vegetable growing – getting started

10.00 am to 12.00 Noon  or  1.00 pm – 3.00 pm  (Limited to 20 places)

Learn how to grow vegetables from ground preparation & seed sowing through to harvest.

Saturday 8th May- Hanging gardens of Babylon* “Tom Hardwick’s version” (Limited to 20 Places)

Practical Workshop planting up containers and baskets for summer.  Containers, baskets and plants supplied at additional cost.

To book or for more information contact Suntrap Garden – 0131 339 7283 (Answer Phone)

or e-mail: suntrap@btopenworld.com)



Better Herbaceous Borders Workshop – 13 March 2010

There are still places available for this Saturday’s workshop.    It starts at 10.00 am and finishes about 12.00 Noon.  Cost £10.00.

So if you are thinking of renewing a part of the garden or just looking for some ideas why not give us a call and book a place.



Flower Arranging for Beginners

I went along to the class yesterday with a wee bit trepidation.  I’m not very artistic and a wee bit clumsy.  We had been asked to bring along 7 single stem roses or carnations, 2 chrysanthemums and a bunch of carnations.  Irene and Suntrap provided the greenery.  What a great time I had.  Irene, the class tutor, did a demonstration arrangement explaining the whole time what she was doing.

Then it was our turn.  It was great fun, you start off thinking I have to get this right and then realise if you want you can take everything out and start again.

First Attempt

I have to say I’m delighted with my arrangement.  I’m now trying to work out how I can get out of my Monday night taxi duties with the kids to enrol in the Flower Arranging for all Occasions course which starts on the 12 April.



Apple Pruning Referesher Session – Saturday 6 February 10am – 12.00 Noon

Now is the time of year to be thinking about pruning your apple trees while they are still dormant.

How to prune properly is always the difficult part, you should make sure that the centre of the tree is relatively clear of growth, remove all weak, dead or diseased growth and keep the tree within the space available.  Always remember that apples will grow on wood produced the previous year, so always leave a good proportion (say 50%) of the previous year’s growth.

If you would like to find out the correct way to prune why not come along to our Apple Pruning Referesher Session on the 6 February for £10.00.  It is being taken by George Anderson, from the Beechgrove Garden, at the Caley’s Demonstration Allotment at Bridgend, near the Inch, Edinburgh.  You can either make your own way to the Inch or transport is available from Suntrap if required at a small extra cost.    Bring along a hot drink, strong footwear and secateurs.  To book a place call Suntrap on 0131 339 7283 or email suntrap@btopenworld.com.