Get Growing this Spring! Gardening for Beginners Course

Get Gardening this Spring….

Are you a gardening novice, or have you been gardening for a few years but want to learn more?  Do you want to have a beautiful, wildlife-friendly  garden but don’t know how? Do you want to grow tasty, nutritious fruit, vegetables and herbs but aren’t sure where to start?

Come and find out at Rockvale in a friendly, informal setting in our studio, set in our own flower, fruit and vegetable garden.

Terri Shoosmith has been gardening for over thirty years, since her children were small and she wanted to grow food for them that hadn’t been sprayed with pesticides. She believes passionately that anyone can grow good food and help endangered wildlife, no matter how small or unpromising their plot.

She will be hosting a series of three courses on Saturday afternoons, on 25 March, 22 April  and 13 May from 2-4.30 pm. The cost is €25 per session for adults, €10 for children. The cost includes tea, coffee, fruit juice and home-made cake or scones.

Children over seven are welcome, but owing to the ponds in the garden, we cannot accommodate younger family members.

Sessions will be tailored around the participants’ individual gardening requirements, whether you want to grow flowers for endangered pollinators, herbs and vegetables for your table or just want a beautiful outdoor space where you can sit and chill after work. You don’t need a big garden, perfect soil, a big budget or lots of free time. Sessions will be hands-on, with practical experience in how to decide what to grow and where, as well as seed-sowing, propagating, growing outdoors and under cover, planting perennials and how to make perfect compost to improve your soil.

Everyone’s site and gardening ambitions are different. Places are limited so that all participants have individual attention. Book early to avoid disappointment!

About Terri Shoosmith

Terri Shoosmith is a historian, writer, gardener and grandmother. She has been growing flowers, fruit and vegetables for thirty years and returned to college as a mature student, gaining a BA, MA and PhD in Irish History. She is also a published author and enjoys walking her dog, writing stories for her grandchildren and creating, with her artist husband Alan, a garden which is a rich habitat for wildlife.

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