This year the Botanical Gardens are once again running their garden skills programs – cost effective gardening for the home, community or farm. Hands on learning with professional experts. $15 per person, per session. Bookings are essential, so please confirm your place. Ph 6236 3050
Here’s a calendar through to mid April
Building the vertical garden; DON’T MISS THIS ! Practically build a simple and cost effective vertical garden structure using recycled materials. This is the ultimate garden for those with limited space, or for the person who just wants something different. Tips and tricks on everything you need to get started.
March 2 Practical pest identification NEW! Join us for a hands on journey of discovery with our expert entomologist and teacher Laurie Miller, to uncover the fascinating world of pests and predators in the garden. A must for all gardeners!
March 9 Practical hot composting (by demand) Actually build a free standing hot compost heap and learn the truths about real compost for your own backyard.
March 16 The basics of dry stone walling NEW! Learn how to create a dry stone wall with our expert onsite. This old world technique can really lift the appearance of a garden or rural property. This session will be a practically applied activity.
March 23 Discover the basic skills of identifying plants. Our expert horticulturist / botanist will guide you through all you need to know about identifying plants both in the Garden and in the wild. Discover plant names, identifying features and plant keys.
March 30 Practical bee keeping; maintaining a hive Special Times / 1pm till 3:30pm cost $20 pp Understanding bee hive set up maintenance and management. How to get started and what you do to maintain a hive. Participants will investigate real hive on site at the Gardens.
April 20 Building a roof garden; DON’T MISS THIS! What a fantastic way of using a wasted space! Learn the basics of small scale roof gardens, how they are made and what you need to create your own successfully at home.
April 27 Maintaining your berry crops in autumn and winter All you need to maintain your berry crops to ensure bumper crops for the seasons to come. Autumn maintenance, pruning and practical requirements.
A representative of Hobart City Council's "Still Gardening" Team will be speaking at the next West Hobart Neighbourhood Watch meeting. The meeting will be on Wednesday 14 March starting at 7:30pm, in the Lawrenny Court Hall, 131 Hill Street, West Hobart.
Topics will include how to have a "no-dig" garden (especially good if you have a West Hobart clay that's hard as rock in summer but sticky as glue in winter) as well as gardening in containers and pots.