Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 09:00

Gardeners from the Eden Project will be showing people how to make the most of their gardens, whatever shape or size, in a series of one-hour courses at Truro Community Library that will run from January through to March.

There will be seven Gardening in the City sessions in all, covering a range of essential gardening skills, such as the golden rules of composting, growing plants from cuttings and how to grow the ingredients for a curry in a windowsill.

Don Murray, Chair of Horticulture at the Eden Project, said: “We’re lucky enough to have a vast amount of space to work with at the Eden Project, but you don’t need a lot of room to make an urban garden that works for you you.

“The courses that we're offering at Truro Community Library are fun and will help to give people practical skills along with handy tips and advice on sustainable gardening. This is part of a programme of events during 2012 where we'll be working with friends such as Duchy College, as well as Truro Community Library, to share our horticultural skills with keen gardeners and new enthusiasts alike.” 

Crea Brooks, Senior Library and Information Assistant, said: “As part of the continued development of Truro Community Library, we're working towards the completion of a Community Garden, which has been built upon the ideas of the public and will be maintained by volunteers. Working with Eden on these courses gives local people the opportunity to learn how to develop their own garden, even within the confined space that a city garden often provides, and will also help generate the enthusiasm and skills needed to maintain the Library Garden.”  

The course topics and dates are: 

Composing the compost heap - the golden rules of composting - January 13

Does crop rotation make your head spin? – organising your veg plot - January 20

A curry from your windowsill – indoor gardening - January 27

Beans talk – growing from seed - February 10

Stick plants – growing from cuttings - February 17

Growing pains – potting your young plants - February 24

No soil, no worries! – container gardening - March 2

The workshops run three times a day at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Each session costs £8.50 and includes materials and plants.

People are able to select the sessions that they are interested in, or book all seven to receive a 10% discount. For more information, or to book, call 01726 811972. Advance booking is essential.

To find out more about the other courses and events run by the Eden Project, go to: