Suntrap Garden


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)

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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.



Snowdrop Day at Dalmeny – 28 February 2010

Dalmeny Estates are holding their annual Snowdrop day on Sunday 28 February from 2.00 pm to 5.00pm.



Snowdrop Day at Dalmeny

Have you ever wondered why the Dalmeny Estate, near South Queensferry, never promote the day of their show of snowdrops on Mons Hill far in advance.  ‘We don’t set the date for Snowdrop Day until two weeks before,’ says the administrator, Linda Edgar. ‘It all depends on when the snowdrops come through, and we monitor the hill daily from the beginning of February. There isn’t anything else to see that day except the park itself, but we do refreshments in our tearoom.’
South Queensferry, EH30 9TQ (0131-331 1888; www.dalmeny.co.uk). Eight miles west of Edinburgh. For opening times, telephone or visit the website




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.



Job for the Weekend
January 22, 2010, 10:08 am
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Now is a great time to start pruning hardwoods and take cuttings.  If there is one plant that I love and hate at the same time it’s Dogwood (Cornus).

They look amazing when cut down at the right time of year promoting those wonderful red or yellow canes in the wintertime.   Not cut down they just look like an uncared for bush and you wonder why anyone would want to grow them.

So the job for this week, if you have Dogwood, is cut them down to their base to promote strong new canes and great winter colour.