Container Gardening and Maintenance – a Free Course for Residents of the Royal Borough of Greenwich


I have just completed a four day course  held at the brand new Horticultural Skills Centre in Greenwich SE18.  As part of the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics the Royal Borough of Greenwich in partnership with Hadlow College have created the Horticultural Skills Centre.  



Along with the Equestrian Centre the Horticultural Centre will provide  residents of RBG with access to practical courses and  employment focused training.  The Greenwich Horticultural Centre is located in Shooters Hill, SE18 3HP, immediately opposite Eaglesfield Road (see map).

1-IMG_2072-001The Horticultural Centre currently  consists of a new building that contains a reception area, classrooms for theoretical and practical work,  computer facilities plus a kitchen and small dining room. There is also work currently taking place  to convert  a very large barn type building which will contain a classroom, an area for practical indoor work, computer facilities  and storage. In addition other outside  areas will house raised flower beds and a wildlife centre.   Once all the  work has been completed the centre will then be able to offer  residents of RBG many practical introductory courses plus work based qualifications up to level 3 and 4. 

The four day course that we attended gave an introduction to the basics of Container Gardening and Maintenance. This  was 1-IMG_2098a .practical  course suitable for those with limited garden space, with patios or balconies or for those who just want to generally brush up on their gardening  skills.  Guided by our tutor Neil Bone we were given both theoretical and practical hands on  experience of  all aspects of container gardening.  We were also given the opportunity to take home all  of the pots we had planted up during the duration of the course.  

The course  was excellent,  great fun,  very informal but most importantly very informative.  The itinerary  covered both vegetables and flowering plants  and we were 1-IMG_2103 introduced to a whole range of topics  including:  types of compost; different soil types: types of containers; planting seeds and potting on;  summer bulbs; slow  release and soluble  fertilizers; making a Hotbed for out of season planting;  propagation  including  heel cuttings and succulents and cacti; plant design; permanent planting; plant terminology; potatoes and salad crops; pests diseases and disorders; and so much more. 


I would thoroughly  recommend this course to all aspiring gardeners and even experienced gardeners (who might possibly find that they have been doing some things in the wrong way). It is also a great taster for those who are thinking of taking up horticulture as a career  Best of all, the course is free for Residents of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

For more information about the Greenwich Horticultural Centre and the courses on offer  please contact Hadlow College:

Greenwich Horticultural Centre 1-IMG_2083
Shooters Hill
SE18 3HP

Tel: 01732 850551 or 0500 551434





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