Suntrap Garden


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.

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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)



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.



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)