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.



Evening Classes and Workshops for Autumn and Winter

EVENING CLASSES  7.00 – 9.00 pm

ALL EVENING CLASSES ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING BY ILA SCOTLAND

FLOWER ARRANGING FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Monday 23th August – 11TH October  (8 weeks)  – £90.00

Come along and learn new ways with flower arranging.

Some previous experience necessary.  Limited to 12 places.  (Materials and flowers extra.)

Design Your Own Garden (11 weeks)

Wednesday  29th September –  8th December – £105.00

Are you interested in planning a new garden or changing an existing one?  If so, this is the ideal course for you.  This course can lead onto a more advanced course in Horticulture and Garden Design at Oatridge College.

Please look at our website for course content

Introduction to Gardening (10 weeks) – £90.00

Thursday 30th September – 2nd December

Have you always wanted to know a little bit more about gardening?  This is an ideal course to learn about a wide range of basic gardening skills.   This course leads onto a further 10 week course in Spring 2011.

This course can also lead onto a more advanced course in Horticulture at Oatridge College.

Please look at our website for course content

WORKSHOPS 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon on Saturday Mornings**

(Cost of plants and materials extra)

Bulbs are not just for Spring,  Saturday 25th September –  £12.00

Discover the wide range of bulbs that can brighten up your garden all year round.

Winter Containers and Hanging Baskets, Saturday 23rd October –  £12.00

Explore different ways to fill containers for colour throughout Winter and Spring.  (Plants, compost and containers supplied at cost or bring your own.)

Gardens by Design,  Saturday 20th November – £12.00

Good gardens require careful thought and planning to be successful.  This workshop offers guidance on basic design principles to help you make the most of your garden.

**Christmas Decorations Workshop,  10.00 am – 12.30 pm,  Saturday 18th December – £15.00**

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 – 0131 339 7283 (Answer Phone) or email suntrap@btopenworld.com



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.