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Master Class shines

Date posted: 15 May 2015

With more informative gardening Master Classes to come in 2015, we thought we’d take a look at how the first class – held a few weeks ago – went. Taking place at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden’s Nursery, the sell-out Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices class kicked off with a tour of the nursery facilities (normally closed to the public), which is where thousands of plants are being propagated for the Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens. Participants were shown through the modern propagation facilities and glasshouses too, which allowed the students to view all the rare and intriguing plants the nursery cares for.

After the tour the participants dived headfirst into the nitty gritty of seed propagation with Botanic Gardens of South Australia Nursery Curator, Matt Coulter, resulting in many sown plants. Next – and almost as important as the learning process – the class chowed down on hearty soup (a godsend on a chilly day) and gourmet sandwiches! Lunch is included in the cost of our Master Classes.

When the class resumed, attention was turned to the technique of vegetative cuttings, and there was a large selection of plants available to be propagated. Students were then able to take the plants they'd propagated home to take care of and hopefully - using their new skills - to produce many more plants to invigorate their own gardens! By all reports the maiden class of 2015 was a resounding success.

Up next in the Master Class series is the Pruning for Fruit: Principles and Practices class (Sunday, July 5) and the Advanced Propagation Master Class (the first course isn't a pre-requisite) - covering leaf cuttings, root cuttings, grafting and budding - on Sunday, August 2. Find out more about the 2015 Master Class series and secure your spot to strengthen your gardening skills!

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