Workshops and Courses 2022

Hooray! We are allowed to run courses again! 

With due care for social distancing etc, and in most cases, you are now asked to bring not just your own lunch, but your own refreshments as well, as we not able to have communal tea breaks.

I will be presenting the following one-day courses in 2022, for the Field Studies Council (FSC) and for the WFGA. 

This latter organisation has recently, after much head-scratching, managed to find a new name to fit their old acronym: they were founded in 1899 as the Women's Farm and Garden Association, a charitable organisation dedicated to training and supporting women who worked in farms and gardens. Does what it says on the tin, as they say. Men have been welcome to join for decades, but it was felt that the name might be a bit off-putting, so last year, it was finally changed to the Working for Gardeners Association. Much more inclusive, and politically correct as well! Whatever the name, this is an excellent organisation for anyone working in horticulture and seeking to improve themselves.

Scroll down for details and links to the various organisations, for booking: I will add the links as they pop up on the various websites.  If you have any questions, do please feel free to email me on Inquiries@rachel-the-gardener.co.uk.

2022:

February:
FSC: Sat 5th Feb 2022, London Nature and Wildlife Experience, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 12th Feb 2022, Winter Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
WFGA: Sat 26th Feb 2022, Online Seminar for Self-Employed Gardeners
March:
FSC: Sat 12th March 2022, London Nature and Wildlife Experience, Bushy Park, London 
April:
FSC: Sat 23rd April 2022, Conifer ID, Bushy Park, London
WFGA: Sat 30th April 2022, One-day Seminar, How to be a Self-Employed Gardener, Grove, Oxon
May:
FSC: Sat 7th May 2022, Summer Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 21st May 2022, London Nature and Wildlife Experience, Bushy Park, London
June:
FSC: Sat 18th June 2022, Summer Tree ID, Amersham, Bucks
September:
FSC: Sat 10th Sept 2022, How to use a Dichotomous Key, Bushy Park, London


DETAILS:

Feb 2022:

FSC: Sat 5th Feb 2022, London Nature and Wildlife Experience, Bushy Park, London: Winter Trees

This is a low-pressure introduction to looking at Tree Identification: just a chance to stroll around the lovely Bushy Park in winter, with me, while I introduce you to some of the UK's most popular and frequently-encountered trees.  No lecture, no homework, just an informal guided walk. Wrap up warmly!


FSC: Sat 12th Feb 2022, Winter Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
 
This is suitable for complete beginners: even if you can't really recognise trees in summer, you can still learn to do it in winter, and just think how much easier it will be once they have leaves! A short one-day introduction to the subject, we will spend the morning doing "Identifying", by working through the keys in the FSC's own Guide to Winter Trees, which you will need to buy before the course.  Then in the afternoon we'll be doing the short-hand version, "Recognising", using my Cribs: and yes, you get to keep the Crib afterwards!


If you can't make this date, check out my own book on the subject, Winter Tree ID, free to download if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, and only a few pounds, if you don't. 



WFGA: Sat 26th Feb 2022, Online Seminar for Self-Employed Gardeners: How to Grow Your Business

(I still don't like that total! It's grammatically incorrect....) Anyway, for anyone who is already working as a self-employed gardener, this 3-hour online, interactive (which means you are encouraged to interrupt me with questions!) seminar is designed to help you take a fresh look at your business, to deal with any problems or issues that might have arisen, and to encourage you to look beyond your current situation.

Time-efficient and convenient, no need to leave the house!

Delegates are welcome to submit questions by email beforehand, so if you have a specific question or topic which you would like to be sure is covered on the seminar, please feel free to email me, once you have booked your place.


 



 March 2022:



 FSC: Sat 12th March 2022, London Nature and Wildlife Experience, Bushy Park, London: Conifers


This is a low-pressure introduction to looking at Conifers:  they are not all Christmas trees, you know!

This is a chance to stroll around the lovely Bushy Park in late winter/early spring, with me, while I introduce you to some of the UK's most popular and frequently-encountered Conifers.  No lecture, no homework, just an informal guided walk.






April 2022:

FSC: Sat 23rd April 2022, Conifer ID, Bushy Park, London

If you think you know nothing at all about Conifers, this is the course for you! It's a one-day course, with a lot to cover, but by the end of the day you will be able to recognise most of the commonly-found Conifers in the UK to genus level. No, not genius level, genus level - being a genius would take more than one day...

We will be working from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, which you will need to buy in advance of the course. It's only £3.75, and very good value!


If you can't make the date or the location, this course is based around my book Conifer Basics, which is an easy introduction to a difficult subject.

 

 

 


On Saturday 30th April 2022, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA, in Grove, Oxfordshire.


We will be based at Grove Village Hall, Main Street, Oxfordshire - arrive for registration at about 09.30, for a prompt 10am start: but I'll be talking from the moment you arrive! Bring along a packed lunch, and your own refreshments (thanks to Covid, we won't be having communal tea and biscuits, I'm afraid) and we aim to finish by 4pm.


This is your chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!

You are welcome to email me beforehand, if you have a specific question or topic which you would like to be sure is covered on the seminar.

If you live further north, we are hoping to repeat this course in Staffordshire, later in the year, depending on demand: so if you can't get to Oxfordshire, email the WFGA and put your name down on the list,







May 2022:

FSC: Sat 7th May 2022, Summer Tree ID, Bushy Park, London

This one-day course is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.



We'll be spending as much of the day outside as we can, and we will be working from the  FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, which you will need to buy in advance of the course. It's only £3.75, and very good value!



FSC: Sat 21st May 2022, London Nature and Wildlife Experience, Bushy Park, London: Summer Trees

This is a low-pressure introduction to looking at Tree Identification: just a chance to stroll around the lovely Bushy Park in summer, with me, while I introduce you to some of the UK's most popular and frequently-encountered trees.  No lecture, no homework, just an informal guided walk.



June 2022:

FSC: Sat 18th June 2022, Summer Tree ID, Amersham, Bucks

Not far from High Wycombe, this course takes place at FSC's own centre, located at the amusingly-named Mop End.

A repeat of this one-day course, which is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.

We will be working from the  FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, which you will need to buy in advance of the course. It's only £3.75, and very good value! 



As before, we'll spend as much of the day outdoors as possible, looking at actual trees and putting into operation the skills needed to identify our trees in summer.


Sept 2022:

FSC: Sat 10th Sept 2022, How to use a Dichotomous Key, Bushy Park, London


"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace), so bring along your copy if you have one:  and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, which you will need to buy in advance of the course. It's only £3.75, and very good value!




This practical course will take us outside as much as possible.

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