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Cambridge University Botanic Garden Courses & Events Programme

Basketry Courses 2017

Willow Baskets

Making willow baskets (suitable for beginners)

£130.00

Description

Tutor: Debbie Hall
Date: Wednesday 24/05/17 to Thursday 25/05/17
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £130

Learn how to make your own round, stake and strand basket, using willow in a range of rich colours on this two-day workshop. Led by local basket maker and willow grower Debbie Hall, the workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers. The two-days allow plenty of time to really absorb techniques properly without rushing, and to produce a lovely, shopper-type basket with rod border and wrapped handle.

For those who have previous experience making a round basket there will be an opportunity to extend your skills with different side weaves and borders, and those with even more experience may wish to complete a basket project of their choice.
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Rush basketry

Rush basketry workshop (suitable for all levels)

£130.00

Description

Tutor: Nadine Anderson
Date: Tuesday 03/10/17 to Wednesday 04/10/17
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £130

This two-day rush basketry course, led by local basket maker Nadine Anderson, is suitable for both beginners and experienced weavers. It will offer the chance for you to explore a variety of weaving techniques to create both pattern and form. During the two-days you will have the chance to try your hand at making baskets, mats and vessels made both on and off moulds. There will be emphasis on learning techniques to help you explore pattern and texture and on understanding the rushs (Schoenoplectus lacustris) growth habit, harvest and uses through history. Nadine will also give you guidance on how common leaf material that can be found within your gardens at home, can be used in similar ways to the rush for creating future projects with your new skills.
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Willow Bike Baskets

Willow Bike Baskets (suitable for experienced basket makers)

£130.00

Description

Tutor: Debbie Hall
Date: Wednesday 15/11/17 to Thursday 16/11/17
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Price: £130

Learn how to make your own bike basket, using willow in a range of rich colours. This two-day workshop, led by local basket maker and willow grower Debbie Hall, is suitable for those with previous experience and confidence making stake and strand baskets. There will be opportunity to extend your skills by learning different techniques including 'D' shaped bases, scalloming and different side-weaves. We will also cover the practicalities of what sort of frame to buy and how to fix it to your bike! The two-day workshop will allow plenty of time to absorb techniques properly without rushing, and to produce a lovely basket to grace the front of your bike. If you don't have a bike (or don't want to expose your lovely creation to the elements) their curved fronts and flat backs mean they also make great wall baskets.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Botanical Art & Illustration Courses 2017

Illustrating insects

Illustrating Insects from the Zoology Museum

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Ian Loe
Date: Tuesday 28/11/17 to Thursday 30/11/17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: £165

Using specimens from the University Museum of Zoology and the Garden’s collections, you will be introduced to the fascinating, beautiful and sometimes bizarre world of insects. Although European examples will be included, the emphasis will be on the exotic; from Giant Atlas Moths to brightly-coloured metallic beetles. Teaching will include a variety of observational and drawing techniques, using pencil, pen and watercolour. Emphasis will be on individual tuition and artists of all ability are welcome. The course will include a brief talk about the insect collection by Ed Turner, Curator of Insects at the Museum of Zoology.
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Magnolias and Spring Flowers

Painting Magnolias and Spring Flowers

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Petula Stone
Date: Wednesday 19/04/17 to Thursday 20/04/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

Growing as large shrubs or trees, Magnolias produce beautiful, showy, fragrant flowers in a wide variety of colours and forms. This two-day course will offer you the opportunity to paint from the wonderful collection of Magnolias and other spring flowers in the Botanic Garden.

With guidance from tutor Petula Stone, students will initially concentrate on drawing and achieving a good composition for their painting. Various watercolour techniques will be demonstrated, including ‘wet into wet’, dry brush, building up glazes of colour and ‘negative painting’. The course is suitable for artists of all levels, and as well as group demonstrations, individual guidance will be given throughout.
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Illustrating Spring Flowers

Illustrating Bold Spring Flowers

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Gael Sellwood
Date: Tuesday 09/05/17 to Thursday 11/05/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

Often included in the large, old Dutch paintings, as well as in dramatic textiles of today, bold, statement flowers such as tulips, peonies and roses can be a challenge to paint.

Join award winning Botanical artist Gael Sellwood to explore the techniques associated with every step of painting these flowers. From staging to accurate drawing, colour mixing to painting techniques, you will discover ways to help you to capture detail and convincing form on paper.

Gael will demonstrate techniques as well as providing handouts and individual tuition during this three-day course. You can use the time to practise techniques or to work on a composition. The course is designed for painters with some experience of botanical illustration.
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White & Pale Flowers

Illustrating White & Pale Flowers in Coloured Pencil

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Tuesday 16/05/17 to Thursday 18/05/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

Learn how to illustrate white flowers on a white background - its not quite as difficult as you would think!

On this three-day coloured pencil illustration course, led by RHS Gold Medal winning artist Janie Pirie, you will learn how to colour gentle shadows to create soft and delicate white and pale coloured flowers. Magnolias, tulips and hellebores are just some of the wonderful selection of plants we hope will be available at this time of the year in the Botanic Garden so there will be no shortage of subjects from which to choose.

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
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Painting Simple Flowers

Painting simple flowers for beginners

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Penny Price
Date: Tuesday 13/06/17 to Wednesday 14/06/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

This two-day course is aimed at people with little or no experience of painting flowers in a detailed, botanical way. Instruction will be given in observing, understanding and finally depicting a simple flower subject in detail. Pencil drawing will lead on to painting in watercolour, including looking at colour mixing and how to portray form on paper.
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Flower Posies

Illustrating Flower Posies

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Georita Harriot
Date: Tuesday 27/06/17 to Thursday 29/06/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

This three-day course led by botanical artist Georita Harriott, will begin with a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum to view a selection of beautiful watercolours painted by some of the great European illustrators depicting flower posies with butterflies and insects.

Once back at the Garden, Georita will demonstrate the first stage in drawing and designing a posy of small summer flowers gathered from the Garden, along with butterfly specimens from her own collection.

All stages in the production of an illustration including observational drawing of insects and plants, colour-mixing and watercolour techniques will be demonstrated during the course. In addition to whole class tuition, participants will receive individual tuition according to their needs. Beginners and those with more experience are all welcome.
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Illustrating leaves

Illustrating Leaves from the Botanic Gardens Tree Collection

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Ian Loe
Date: Tuesday 04/07/17 - Thursday 06/07/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

We know that all life on earth depends upon the harnessing of light energy by green plants. That significant fact aside, leaves come in a wonderful range of forms, colours, textures and patterning. The subject material in this three-day course will be taken from the Botanic Gardens collection of both temperate and tropical plants.

Tutor Ian Loe, will guide students in a variety of illustration techniques using pencil, pen and wash and watercolour. Emphasis will be placed on individual tuition and the course is suitable for all levels of ability. The course will also include a tour of the Gardens tree collection, weather permitting.
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Illustrating Daisies

Illustrating late Flowering Daisies

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Reinhild Raistrick
Date: Tuesday 12/09/17 to Thursday 14/09/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

September in the Garden usually means an abundance of Asteraceae otherwise known as the Daisy Family. These include bright yellow black centred Rudbeckia, tall lemon yellow Helianthus, russet coloured Heleniums and bright pink Echinaceas. Blue and purple Asters bring a cooler touch to the palette.

The aim of this three-day watercolour course is to create a beautiful portrait of these late summer blooms. Reinhild will help you choose and arrange the stems on the page, creating a colourful and exciting composition. She will use a combination of group demonstrations and in particular individual tuition, to help you to improve your drawing and painting techniques. The course is suitable for artists of all levels.
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Fruits, Nuts & Berries

Painting Fruits, Nuts and Berries in Watercolour

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Petula Stone
Date: Wednesday 27/09/17 to Thursday 28/09/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

At this time of year hedgerows are full of fruits, nuts and berries. Crab apples, sloes, rosehips and hazelnuts all offer the artist an exciting variety of subject matter.

On this two-day course led by artist Petula Stone, students will begin by choosing from the colourful collection of Autumn treasures found in the Garden and then concentrate on arranging a good composition for their painting. Petula will demonstrate a variety of watercolour techniques to the group, including how to achieve a smooth wash of colour, wet into wet washes, glazing washes of colour to achieve deep tones and negative painting.

She will be on hand throughout to offer you individual help with your work. The course is suitable for and welcomes painters of all levels.
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Learn to Draw: Autumn

Learn to Draw from Nature: Autumn

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Lizzie Harper
Date: Thursday 05/10/17 to Friday 06/10/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

This two-day beginners course led by Natural History illustrator Lizzie Harper, will use autumn leaves, berries and fruits as subjects as you learn to draw and paint some of the glories of the Botanic Garden in Autumn. The course will build on the Learn to Draw from Nature: Spring course but can be taken even if you werent able to attend the March course.

On day one you will focus on autumn leaves tackling some detailed pencil drawings which show the lights and darks as well as the shape of the leaf and its veins. After lunch you will begin to work with watercolours, covering the basics of how to use and mix the paints, before having a go at painting some of the amazing reds, golds, and oranges of autumn leaves found in the Garden.

On day two you will move on to drawing berries and fruit, working on detailed pencil drawings in the morning and again looking for shadows and highlights on your chosen plants. The afternoon will be spent working with watercolours, trying to catch some of the shiny texture and deep rich colours of autumnal fruits.

By the end of this course you should feel confident enough to find a plant and have a go at drawing or painting it from life.
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Illustrating Conifer Cones

Illustrating Conifer Cones

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Reinhild Raistrick
Date: Tuesday 10/10/17 to Thursday 12/10/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

The Botanic Garden holds a large and important collection of cone bearing trees, giving us an amazing selection to choose from as subjects. This three-day course led by RHS Gold medal winning illustrator Reinhild Raistrick, will focus on these trees, including the Cedar of Lebanon, the Giant Redwood, the Scots Pine, the Douglas Fir, the Stone Pine and the Norway Spruce.

You will spend time observing the structure and pattern of each cone to help you develop a detailed and accurate drawing, before going on to paint the subject. Reinhild will help you improve your watercolour techniques through a combination of group demonstrations, but particularly through individual help. There will also be the opportunity to spend time out in the Garden observing and sketching the tree of the chosen cone.

Participants may wish to show part of the branch or even a scaled-down drawing of the whole tree in their illustration and Reinhild with give tips and advice on how best to achieve this. The course is suitable for artists of all levels.
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Painting on Vellum

Painting Autumn Hedgerow finds on Vellum

£135.00

Description

Tutor: Gael Sellwood
Date: Tuesday 17/10/17 to Wednesday 18/10/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £135

Using autumn finds such as berries and curled leaves as a subject, you will explore the techniques required to produce glowing and exquisitely detailed painting on vellum. Vellum is a traditional surface made from calfskin, and has been used to produce vibrant illuminations for hundreds of years.

This isn’t a course for beginners - you don’t need to have painted on vellum before, but you do need to have watercolour experience. It is led by award winning artist Gael Sellwood. during the two days Gael will demonstrate techniques, provide you with handouts and give you individual tuition so that you can practise techniques or work on a composition. The course price includes one piece of vellum 6”x8”.
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Illustrating Harvest

Illustrating Autumn's Harvest in Coloured Pencil

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Tuesday 31/10/17 to Thursday 02/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

Join RHS Gold Medal winning coloured pencil artist Janie Pirie on this three-day course focusing on the wonderful varieties of autumn fruits available at this time of year. Subjects will include apples and pears as well as a variety of other interesting material.

These are relatively easy subjects to draw allowing plenty of time to spend colouring your work whilst learning about layering, shading and illustrating blemishes to make the objects look truly three-dimensional. You will also have the opportunity to illustrate the inside of your chosen subject to create a piece of work that will be truly botanical. Janie will share her knowledge and experience with you to help you create a lovely study of autumn fruits. Group demonstrations and individual tuition will be given throughout the day.

This course is suitable for all abilities.
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Pencil Illustration

Coloured Pencil Illustration for Beginners

£60.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Friday 03/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £60

This is a constructive and detailed one-day course for those new to coloured pencil illustration led by award winning RHS Gold medal artist Janie Pirie. During the day you will be guided through the many aspects of correctly illustrating botanical subjects. Emphasis will be on the techniques required to use coloured pencils to create amazingly rich and colourful pieces of work. Janie will help you simplify your approach to drawing, master techniques to help you get the best out of your pencils, choose the correct colours and work on layering. Group demonstrations and individual tuition will be given throughout the day. The course is aimed at beginners.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Botanical Drawing

Botanical Drawing for Absolute Beginners

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Penny Price
Date: Tuesday 07/11/17 to Thursday 09/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

This course will guide you through how to record a plant botanically on paper so that the observer finds out how the plant grows. You will look at examples of botanical illustrations, both historical and contemporary. Composition on the page is also important. Accurate drawing and measuring in pencil, simple dissections and composition on the final page will all be looked at. Initial work will be done in pencil and then transferred onto watercolour paper to either be worked up in pen and ink or in watercolour. Instruction will be given in both methods.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Creative Workshops 2017

Plant-based inks and paints

Exploring Plant-based Inks and Paints

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Nabil Ali
Date: Thursday 04/05/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Join artist Nabil Ali for this fascinating one-day course on the use of plants in inks and paints through history. The day will consist of presentations explaining how colours are made by processing plants to form paint and inks using illuminators recipes and Pliny’s natural history books. Nabil will guide you through the historic recipes used to make organic colourants from deep blues to vibrant oranges, golden yellows to royal purples, and fiery reds to earthly greens mixed with chalk hand collected from English quarries. Black drawing ink for you to try and take home with you, will be made by reconstructing a fourteenth century Venetian recipe which cooks oak galls with fermented grape juice mixed with tree resin and a sprinkle of iron nails.
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Linocut Printing

Indian Art Inspired Linocut printing

£145.00

Description

Tutor: Emma James
Date: Monday 05/06/2017 - Tuesday 06/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £145

This two-day linocut printing workshop led by local printmaker Emma James will explore the pattern and shape possibilities that this versatile medium allow. You will learn how to create bold expressive linocut prints taking inspiration from Indian print patterns, and print onto a variety of materials including beautiful handmade papers and fabric.

Looking at Indian pattern print examples Emma will begin by looking at how to draw, adapt and transfer images for a linocut. She will explain how to use different tools to explore a variety of mark making techniques, how to register your lino block to create accurate layered images and apply the inks with rollers. Prints will then be made using a press, as well as by hand-burnishing.

The course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced print makers with Emma advising on and demonstrating a range of techniques such as overprinting, masking and creating multi-layer prints to suit different levels of experience.
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Paper Cutting

Paper cutting workshop

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Vanessa Stone
Date: Wednesday 07/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Vanessa Stone is a cut paper artist who makes clean-lined, detail-layered collages by cutting into a single piece of paper and “drawing” with a scalpel. During this one-day workshop she will introduce you to the main techniques of paper cutting using craft knives and fine quality drawing papers. You will begin by making small practice samples and then create a beautiful larger finished piece of your own design, drawing inspiration form the beautiful plants in the Botanic Garden’s collection. Vanessa will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance throughout the day and teach you the central skills of making compositions from plants and natural forms that will be developed into collage.
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Natural dyeing

Natural dyeing with plants

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Susie Wareham
Date: Thursday 15/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65


Natural dyeing expert Susie Wareham will guide you through the steps required to create your own beautifully dyed textiles, using only natural materials and sustainable processes. This will be a hands-on workshop including a walk around the Garden, to forage and look at the bountiful supply of wild plants and flowers. You will then be able to use what you have found, along with pre-foraged plants to steam dye an item, which will be supplied for you, ready and prepared.
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Solar Printing

Solar Printing

£145.00

Description

Tutor: Susie Turner
Date: Tuesday 18/07/2017 to Wednesday 19/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £145

This two-day course will introduce participants to a very simple but unusual method of printmaking. Working with light-sensitive printing plates that can be exposed using natural sunlight and then developed in tap water, you will be shown how to transform a range of plant materials and hand-drawn imagery into unique prints. This versatile method of printmaking can be used to create blind emboss, relief or intaglio prints. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous experience of printmaking.
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indian Spice Mixing

Indian Spice Mixing

£40.00

Description

Tutor: Inder Bull and Felicity Plent
Date: Saturday 09/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £40


This short Saturday morning course will introduce you to the spices and herbs commonly used in Indian cuisine, and teach you how to blend, use and even grow some of them at home. Inder Bull of Inder’s Kitchen will introduce two dry spice blends which you will learn how to grind in a pestle and mortar and take home to try. She will then demonstrate how to use fresh herbs to make two simple chutneys that can easily be made at home in a blender. During the morning Flis Plent, our Head of Education will also introduce the plants that produce all these wonderful flavours and give you tips on how to grow some of them yourself at home.
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Nature Printing

Nature Printing

£145.00

Description

Tutor: Pia Östlund
Date: Thursday 21/09/2017 - Friday 22/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £145

Nature printing is a wonderful way of representing plants, developed by physicians in the 15th century as an aid in their study of medicinal and useful plants.

Join designer and printmaker Pia stlund for a two-day workshop to explore this captivating technique. Day One will begin with an illustrated talk on the history of nature printing, followed by a demonstration and printing session where you will learn how to take your own impressions using fresh plants and oil-based inks on paper. Day Two gives participants the chance to further develop technique and ideas and make their own nature printed project, whether a series of patterns, a set of cards or creating a record of their own garden.

The course is suitable for all levels including complete beginners.
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Paper cutting

Paper cutting workshop

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Vanessa Stone
Date: Wednesday 22/11/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Vanessa Stone is a cut paper artist who makes clean lined, detail layered collages by cutting into a single piece of paper and “drawing” with a scalpel. During this one day workshop she will introduce you to the main techniques of paper cutting using craft knives and fine quality drawing papers. You will begin by making small practice samples and then create a beautiful larger finished piece of your own design, drawing inspiration form the beautiful plants in the Botanic Garden’s collection. Vanessa will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance throughout the day and teach you the central skills of making compositions from plants and natural forms that will be developed into collage.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Garden History Talks 2017

Chrysanthemums

Exploring Flowers in Art and Culture: Chrysanthemums

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 21/04/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

'If you would be happy for life, grow chrysanthemums' runs an ancient Chinese proverb - reflecting the high status of this magnificent flower in the Orient. Associated with Emperors and Geishas, it was depicted on delicate porcelain and embroidered onto silk cloth. Appearing in Europe in the 18th century they came to dominate flower shows in America and England with fancy mop headed varieties a world away from the golden daisy of ancient China. It was beloved by the Impressionist painters, although the French artist Fantin Latour still clung to the original simple yellow form. Associated with both the coming of death and the power of life, this session will explore the extraordinary diversity of the humble 'mum'.
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Roses

Exploring Flowers in Art and Culture: Roses

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 12/05/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

The most popular of our garden plants, with origins from China to Persia and scents from fresh apple blossom to dusky sensuality. Beloved of the Romans who showered their dinner guests with petals, caught up in the 'War of the Roses' it found peace in the gardens of Empress Josphine and religion in the gardens of rose fanciers such as the reverend rosarian Dean Samuel Hole. The rose brings us a deluge of histories with its varietal names from the infamous Lady Hillingdon to the prim Dorothy Perkins and the exotic bourbon climber Zphirine Drouhin. Used to create perfumes, medicines, tisanes, near eastern sweets, and even cakes - the rose is our most treasured of flowers in literature, art, kitchens and gardens.
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Lillies

Exploring Flowers in Art and Culture: Lilies

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 09/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

Playing fast and loose with the common name of 'lily' we will broaden our horizons to include not only the Lilium but also the Lily of the Valley, the Water Lily and the Tiger Lily. The Madonna must be our starting point - both through the tears that resulted in the Lily of the Valley or the purity of the Lilium candidum. The most superior of flowers the Regal Lily (with the limping plant hunter in pursuit) looks down upon the Tiger Lily, who nevertheless scorns the rose, (as envisaged by Lewis Carroll); but the 'herring boat' lily triumphed amongst the gardens of the Edwardians in colours of glowing red and orange and gained the praise of Gertrude Jekyll. Water Lilies lead us to Egypt and to France, and also to engineering, though the glasshouses at Kew before the Lily of the Valley, recalls us to soaps, scents and medieval poisons!
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Carnations

Exploring Flowers in Art and Culture: Carnations

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 07/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

Carnations permeate our culture from the wedding bed to the funeral wreath. Derided in Shakespeare as natures bastards they challenged the tulip as the florists favourite flower, and went on to give their blessing to both a military coup and a Soho night club. Spanning the world from the gardens of the Ottoman Empire to the Mothers Day traditions of America via Chinese medicines and French Empresses, we plunge from the traditions of the medieval marriage bed to Renaissance paintings of Madonna and child. Covering both the carnation and its little sister, the pink, this session will explore the fascination of the Lustie Gallant and the Bleeding Swain as striped and spotted varieties challenged the tulip for pre-eminence in the florists garden - never forgetting the green carnation, made famous by Oscar Wilde.
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History of Saffron

The History of Saffron

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Sally Francis
Date: Thursday 13/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

Saffron is the dried stigmas of an autumn-flowering crocus called Crocus sativus. It is a hugely valuable spice with a fascinating history. It flavours food across the world and is used for dyeing, perfumery and in herbal medicine. Join award-winning Saffron grower Dr Sally Francis, for this short course on the history and use of Saffron which will introduce this fascinating flower. Sally will introduce you to the history of its cultivation and teach you how to get the best from this precious spice in your cookery at home.
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Shakespeare and Gardens

Shakespeare and Gardens

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 13/10/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

This morning talk will explore many aspects of Shakespeare and the garden. From gardens and plants that appear in his plays and poetry to the gardens recreated at Shakespeare's own house and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. We will spend time exploring the use and meaning of plants in Shakespeare's plays and poetry before examining the possible links between Shakespeare and the gardens of that great Elizabethan William Cecil (Lord Burghley), via the famous plantsman and 'herbalist' John Gerard. Beyond the Elizabethans we will go on to enjoy the Shakespeare themed gardens of the Edwardian period and the recreation of Shakespeare related gardens both at Stratford and Warwick. From Ophelia's innocent daisy to the canker in the rose - this morning session will send you back to your Shakespeare texts with new eyes!
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Horticulture Courses 2017

Shrub Taming

Shrub Taming

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Mark Crouch
Date: Saturday 22/04/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

This course with our Deputy Head of Horticulture, Mark Crouch, will provide basic guidance on the routine pruning of common garden shrubs. Mark, will use a combination of illustrated talks and practical demonstrations to show why we prune shrubs, and what pruning can achieve. Youll also be given advice on caring for shrubs and coping with common pests and diseases. The day will include a tour of the Garden's shrub collection.
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Family Garden Design

Family Garden Design

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Dawn Isaac
Date: Tuesday 25/04/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This one-day course with garden designer Dawn Isaac, will give you the basic tools and inspiration to plan your own family garden. It will begin with a look at how to assess and survey your garden as well as an introduction to garden design techniques which will help you plan the space. The course includes an in-depth look at the main features in a family garden and covers information on hard and soft landscaping options, and the cost implications of different materials and design choices. The day will also include a look at plants suitable for a family garden and how to put together a simple planting plan.

Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their own gardens so that specific design challenges can be addressed as part of the course discussions.
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Perenial Plants

Perennial Plants for Late Summer

£35.00

Description

Tutor: David Austrin
Date: Saturday 23/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

Is your garden over before the end of summer? Would you like it to shine long into the autumn? Join David Austrin from our Horticulture team for this half-day course on the best plants to boost your garden long into the season. David will introduce his favourite late summer stars, take you on a guided tour of our plant collections to show you examples and answer your questions about how to keep your garden going and looking great.
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Designing City Gardens

Designing City Gardens

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Dawn Isaac
Date: Tuesday 26/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This one-day course with garden designer Dawn Isaac will equip you with the basic tools you need to survey and plan your own city garden. It will include a look the particular challenges common to city gardens and the design tricks you can use to combat them. There will also be inspiration and ideas for elements to include in your own garden as well as practical advice and information on landscaping the space, including cost implications of different materials and garden features. The day will also look at plants suitable for a city garden and give you advice on putting together a simple planting plan.

Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their own gardens so that specific design challenges can be addressed as part of the course discussions.
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Container Gardening

Container Gardening

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Helen Seal
Date: Saturday 07/10/2017
Time: 10.00am 4.00pm
Price: £65

Whether you have a tiny courtyard or roof garden, a balcony or even just a windowsill, there is a huge range of plants you can grow in containers. Join expert horticulturalist Helen Seal, for this one-day course on container gardening. Find out what plants need to thrive in containers, discover quick crops, stunning plant combinations and fun ideas for recycling everyday items into unusual plant displays.
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Top Trees

Top Trees for your Garden

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Mark Crouch
Date: Saturday 04/11/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Even the smallest garden can benefit from the addition of a tree, but with such a huge choice now available choosing the right one can be difficult. On this one-day course our Deputy Head of Horticulture and senior arborist, Mark Crouch, will suggest a range of trees suitable for residential gardens and give advice on how to select, plant and care for them. The day will also include a tour of the Botanic Garden's stunning tree collection.
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Photography Courses 2017

Plant Photography

Introduction to Plant and Garden Photography

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Saturday 06/05/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is suitable for beginners using either Bridge Cameras (Superzooms) or SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.

Led by photographer Pete Murray you will make the most of the Garden and Glasshouses to discover how to take pictures in a variety of situations. The course will show you how to take control of your camera, and use built-in camera modes including an introduction to Aperture mode. Picture styles covered in the day include landscapes, adding foreground interest, dealing with movement, plant portraits, and capturing close-up detail. Pete will show you how to set up your camera and compose pictures in a variety of locations in the Garden using subjects of seasonal interest. He uses a proven step-by-step approach to allow you to gain confidence in using your camera and which will help you to consistently take better pictures. Summary handouts are provided. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will have the opportunity to try these out.
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Plant Photography

Introduction to Plant and Garden Photography

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Friday 30/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is suitable for beginners using either Bridge Cameras (Superzooms) or SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.

Led by photographer Pete Murray you will make the most of the Garden and Glasshouses to discover how to take pictures in a variety of situations. The course will show you how to take control of your camera, and use built-in camera modes including an introduction to Aperture mode. Picture styles covered in the day include landscapes, adding foreground interest, dealing with movement, plant portraits, and capturing close-up detail. Pete will show you how to set up your camera and compose pictures in a variety of locations in the Garden using subjects of seasonal interest. He uses a proven step-by-step approach to allow you to gain confidence in using your camera and which will help you to consistently take better pictures. Summary handouts are provided. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will have the opportunity to try these out.
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Plant Photography

Creative Garden and Plant Photography

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Saturday 01/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is designed for more experienced photographers and is only suitable for those using SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.

Led by photographer Pete Murray this course will focus on garden landscapes, and creative plant portraits including close up detail. It is designed for more advanced SLR and CSC cameras only. Pete will use Aperture mode to show you how to set up and use your digital camera to take more creative pictures. If you are less confident with your camera we suggest that you do the Introduction to Garden photography course first.

Following a short studio session to look at the effect of lighting, background and focus in close-up photography, you will move outside to make the most of the shape, colour, texture and seasonal interest in the Botanic Garden. Pete will show you how to master the key elements of composition and lighting and how to take control of exposure and focus for more difficult subjects or situations. During the day you will also use graduated filters in landscape photographs and panorama techniques. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will also have the opportunity to try these out. Summary handouts are provided for your own use at home.

Please note that a tripod is essential for this course, useful for both the landscape and close-up sessions. The tutor also recommends an adaptor and screw-on square (P size) filter holder to fit your camera lens filter thread at the front, with a (P size) square graduated Neutral Density ND4 filter.
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Plant Photography

Introduction to Plant and Garden Photography

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Wednesday 20/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is designed for more experienced photographers and is only suitable for those using SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lense.

Led by photographer Pete Murray you will make the most of the Garden and Glasshouses to discover how to take pictures in a variety of situations. The course will show you how to take control of your camera, and use built-in camera modes including an introduction to Aperture mode. Picture styles covered in the day include landscapes, adding foreground interest, dealing with movement, plant portraits, and capturing close-up detail. Pete will show you how to set up your camera and compose pictures in a variety of locations in the Garden using subjects of seasonal interest. He uses a proven step-by-step approach to allow you to gain confidence in using your camera and which will help you to consistently take better pictures.

Summary handouts are provided. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will have the opportunity to try these out.
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Plant Photography

Creative Garden and Plant Photography

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Friday 29/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is designed for more experienced photographers and only suitable for those using SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.

Led by photographer Pete Murray this course will focus on garden landscapes, and creative plant portraits including close up detail. It is designed for more advanced SLR and CSC cameras only. Pete will use Aperture mode to show you how to set up and use your digital camera to take more creative pictures. If you are less confident with your camera we suggest that you do the Introduction to Garden photography course first.

Following a short studio session to look at the effect of lighting, background and focus in close-up photography, you will move outside to make the most of the shape, colour, texture and seasonal interest in the Botanic Garden. Pete will show you how to master the key elements of composition and lighting and how to take control of exposure and focus for more difficult subjects or situations. During the day you will also use graduated filters in landscape photographs and panorama techniques. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will also have the opportunity to try these out. Summary handouts are provided.

Please note that a tripod is essential for this course, useful for both the landscape and close-up sessions. The tutor also recommends an adaptor and screw-on square (P size) filter holder to fit your camera lens filter thread at the front, with a (P size) square graduated Neutral Density ND4 filter.
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Plant Identification and Science Courses 2017

Chalk Grassland Plants

Introduction to Chalk Grassland Plants

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Michna
Date: Tuesday 23/05/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

Chalk grasslands are well known for their great diversity of flowering plants. But why are they so diverse? What are the challenges plants face growing in what can be a harsh environment? With Pete Michna from our horticulture team, you will look at some of the chalk species we grow here in the Botanic Garden, learn how to identify them and discover how they survive in such harsh growing conditions
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Wild Grasses

Identifying Wild Grasses for Beginners

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Michna
Date: Thursday 08/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Grasses can be difficult to identify, especially if you dont know your glume from your ligule. This one-day course led by Pete Michna, one of our expert horticulturalists, will concentrate on common grasses from the Cambridge area looking at useful features and how to key them out. The day is aimed at complete beginners as well as those who have had a go before but given up in despair!
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Plant Taxonomy

Flowering Plant Taxonomy & Systematics: 5 day intensive course

£345.00

Description

Tutor: Dr Sam Brockington
Date: Monday 19/06/2017 to Friday 23/06/2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Price: £345

This five-day intensive course introduces flowering plant families to undergraduates, graduates, professionals and committed amateur botanists. The aim is to develop an understanding of the evolution and systematics of the major plant families and the practical skills needed when approaching the identification of plant material.

Teaching is through a combination of practical sessions and lectures covering exemplars of major flowering plant families. The course makes extensive use of plant material and the living collections across the Botanic Garden and includes a visit to the Universitys Herbarium, housed in the Sainsbury Laboratory, and a course dinner on Monday evening 19 June.
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Top 20

Top 20 Flowering Plant Families

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Ros Bennett
Date: Tuesday 11/07/2017 to Wednesday 12/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

Flowers present a seemingly infinite variety of glorious colours and fascinating designs. For novices interested in recognising and naming them this wonderful diversity can seem an overwhelming challenge. The first step in creating order out of this seeming chaos is to recognise that flowers can be arranged into natural groups or families. To be able to recognise family characteristics should be a big step towards naming a plant.

In Britain more than three quarters of the wild flowers we regularly come across belong to one of only 20 families - The Top 20! Most of these 20 families not only contain a large variety of species but also contain most of the species that dominate our landscapes. This practical two-day course led by botanist Ros Bennett and based in both the Classroom and outside in the Garden, aims to help you master the main characteristics of these 20 families providing you with the confidence and competence you need to become a budding field botanist and a better gardener.
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Basic genetics

Basic genetics, with a plant focus

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Karen van Oostrum
Date: Friday 14/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Would you like to learn about DNA, genes and chromosomes and discover how they fit into the cells of living things? What are F1 hybrids, and how are they created? In this relaxed one-day course with Dr Karen van Oostrum, you will address these areas, and develop a good understanding of basic genetic principles. This will be set in the context of plants, with discussion on how long humankind has been manipulating plant genetic material. The day will include a combination of talks, activities and time outside in the Garden making use of the recently re-developed Understanding Plants area.
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Fruits in plant

By their fruits shall ye know them' - the importance of fruits in plant identification

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Ros Bennett
Date: Friday 15/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

The fruiting structures of flowering plants are almost as diverse and beautiful as the flowers that precede them. We often marvel at this diversity and appreciate the nuances of minor variations; but as field botanists our tendency is to ignore clues that fruits give us and rely solely on floral and vegetative features for identification purposes. However, each family and genus chooses and sticks to its characteristic fruit and each species has its own particular variation of that choice. So when they are available, fruiting features on plants can be enormously reliable and revealing for identification.

This one-day course, led by botanist Ros Bennett, is designed for those who have not yet grappled with the world of fruits. You will learn to appreciate the meaning of terms such as mericarp or achene and by focussing on the intricate structure of the infinite variety of fruiting designs, will be aided hugely in your future plant identification endeavours.The morning will be spent in the classroom focussing on the terms associated with fruiting structures and how they are classified, before moving on to consider the characteristic fruits of different families. Ros will also look at a number of examples where subtle differences can help you distinguish between related genera and species. In the afternoon you will head out into the Garden to search for and consider the various fruits to be found in this heritage landscape.
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Common Garden Plants

The Chemistry and Biology of Common Garden Plants

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Alison Foster
Date: Tuesday 19/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

The chemistry (and some biology) of common garden plants will be explored in this morning session. The stunning rainbow of colours and array of scents influence what we grow but how often do you stop to wonder what makes those scents and colours and what benefits they have to the plants themselves? Some plants are toxic to humans and others are grown particularly for their great taste. This session will also look at the molecular basis of the taste or toxicity of commonly grown garden and allotment plants. The session will take place both in the Classroom and outside in the Botanic Garden.
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