Are you a budding gardener waiting to blossom?

January 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

As the winter snow thaws and the garden becomes visible again gardeners all over Essex are beginning to think about the onset of spring and getting to work planting and establishing new plants.

If you are a keen gardener and want to find out more about how to get plants established, or if your garden is full of Pests and you don’t know what they are or how to deal with them, then the School of Horticulture at Writtle College may have just the course for you.

The internationally famed School of Horticulture has a few places left on its new evening courses which start Tuesday 26th January. The courses are based on modules which are equivalent to first year undergraduate level and are delivered by national experts from the School of horticulture.

Mick Lavelle a Senior lectuer in the School is running the module called “Establishing plants” from 6pm to 8pm and will be looking at how to ensure plants are selected for the right spot and what principles come into play when trying to get them planted and established.

Mick is an occasional guest on BBC Essex and the prize winning co author of the book “How to create a wildlife Garden”. Mick has a lifetime of professional gardening experience and lectures to students on the largest undergraduate course in Horticulture in the UK.

His colleague John Cullum also a senior lecturer is a plant scientist and is offering the module on garden Pests. John hopes keen gardeners, allotment holders and budding professionals will all come along and get something valuable from the class. We look at what sort of pest you might find, how to identify them and how to control then safely by exploring their life cycle says John.

The modules run from 6pm to about 8.30pm and are approved by the University of Essex. Each module costs £150 and can be accumulated into a recognised qualification if students wish.

Anyone interested should contact Sharon Carrington phone 01245 424200 email