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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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.



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.



Workshops and Evening Classes

There are still a few places available on the Christmas Decoration Workshop on Saturday 19th December, from 10.00 – 12.00 Noon.   The cost is £10 plus materials.

SPRING AND SUMMER 2010

ADULT CLASSES

*N.B. Cost of Materials & Flowers Extra

Introduction to Flower Arranging (3 weeks)   £35.00*

10 a.m. – 12 Noon on Saturdays 13th, 20th & 27th February  (Limited to 12 places)

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

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

Design Your Own Garden (11 weeks)   £105.00

Wednesdays 14th April – 23rd June from  7 – 9pm (Limited to 14 Places)

Leisure Gardening (10 weeks)  £80.00

Thursdays 15th April – 17th June from 7 – 9 pm (Limited to 20 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 6th FebruaryA Refresher Session on Fruit Pruning

Preparing for the coming season with George Anderson, from the Beechgrove Garden, at the Caley’s Demonstration Allotment at Bridgend, near the Inch, Edinburgh. Transport available from Suntrap if required at extra cost.    Bring hot drink, strong footwear and secateurs.

Saturday 13th March- Better Herbaceous Borders  (Limited to 20 Places)

Preparing for planting and selection of Perennials & Grasses to lengthen the season of interest includes maintenance & propagation.

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)



RCHS Individual Achievement Award

The students, who have learning difficulties, have been taking part in the RCHS Individual Achievement Award.  Over the past two years they have come along to Suntrap Garden one day per week.   During this time they have practiced a number of horticultural processes such as propogation, seed sowing, composting, mulching, planting containers, hoeing, weeding, pressing flowers, making cards, growing and harvesting vegetables and making soup from the produce, maintaining hard surfaces and wooden structures and lots more.

It has been a very enjoyable time for them and yesterday 30 students came along to the College and were presented with their certificates by George Anderson MBE,  14 of them gained completion certificates.

It was great to see them so chuffed and a big thank you has to go to everyone at Suntrap, RCHS (The Caley Society),  Oatridge College and Sodexho who helped to make the day such a huge success.



Flower Arranging

I’ve never wanted to go along to a flower arranging class, until I saw these which were made by beginners

          

The course was run by Irene Birse over 6 weeks here at Suntrap and each week the students took home a different and interesting floral arrangement.



There’s still time to book a place on our evening classes and workshops

Flower Arranging Monday 24th August – 28th September (6 weeks) £ 75.00

Set of Workshops for both beginners & those who wish to develop their existing skills (Materials and flowers extra.)

Design Your Own Garden (11 weeks) £105.00
Wednesday 30th September – 9th December

Introduction to  Gardening (10 weeks)
Thursday 1st October – 3rd December £ 80.00

WORKSHOPS

10.00 am to 12.00 Noon on Saturday Mornings
£25 for booking all three workshops or £10 each workshop
(Cost of plants and materials extra)

Winter Containers & Hanging Baskets 24th October
Explore how to fill containers for colour through Winter and Spring. (Plants, compost and containers supplied at cost or bring your own.)

Gardens by Design 21st November
This workshop offers guidance on basic design principles to help you make the most of your garden.

Christmas Decorations 19th December
Help is at hand to create two floral displays to make the home festive and colourful for Christmas.

Be the envy of family and friends. (Materials approximately £25.)

To book or for more information contact Suntrap Garden, 43 Gogarbank, Edinburgh –
Tel: 0131 339 7283 (Answer Phone) or e-mail: suntrap@btopenworld.com

(in association with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society)