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Newcastle upon Tyne – Seasonal Propagation Workshop



Scotswood Community Garden

Mike, the nursery manager, has over 30 years’ experience as greenkeeper, landscape gardener, head gardener, and self employed gardener. He has taught for many years at Houghall, Kirkley Hall and Newcastle College covering horticulture, environmental and countryside management up to foundation degree level for plant and soil sciences. He has a Kew Diploma in Horticulture working in Kew’s orchid, tropical, fern and decorative nurseries, alpine and tropical display houses and arboretum.

Scotswood Community Garden, established in 1995, is located in the John Marley education centre in the west end of Newcastle. Its focus is on inspiring and promoting learning about nature, the environment and sustainable living. The workshop at Scotswood Community Garden will include a mix of practical skills on propagation in a nursery setting. On arrival, the day will open with a tour of Scotswood Community Garden from nursery manager and tutor Mike Whatmore, who will also provide more background on its work in sustainability and permaculture.

The practical activity for the day will include seasonally relevant nursery propagation work, focusing specifically on vegetative propagation, pricking out, potting on etc. (The first workshop at Scotswood in March 24 focused instead on propagation by seed). A detailed explanation of nursery procedures will also be given. The session will include an introduction to the nursery environment at Scotswood Community Garden and then explore how knowledge of a plant’s reaction to its environment is applied when propagating plants.

Trainees should bring gloves, boots, secateurs and a packed lunch. Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided. There are often vulnerable adults and children on site and working around the garden, so additional safeguarding checks may be required. Attendees may need to provide a copy of their ID in advance of the session which will be passed to the garden in advance.

The cost of this workshop is £50 for members and £60 for non-members.

Event Details

Date: May 16, 2024

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: Scotswood Community Garden