Friday, September 21, 2012 - 14:40

The Eden Project has devised a new range of courses to suit every gardener, whether they are seasoned professionals or absolute beginners.

The courses range from hour-long taster sessions to the chance to join Eden’s expert horticulturists for the day.

The hour-long courses cost £5 each and have been created to introduce people to new topics. They include sessions on growing from seed, container gardening and growing a curry from your windowsill.

The half day courses, which cost £35 and include entry to Eden for the day, are the perfect length to give budding gardeners basic skills and knowledge, along with practical experience.

These courses cover essential areas of gardening such as soils and compost making, along with exciting sessions on topics such as carnivorous plants as well as classes looking at sustainable growing and allotments.

The full day courses have been designed to give people a deeper understanding of gardening. They enable people to learn about specific skills, such as beekeeping, foraging and willow weaving. The full day courses cost £50 and include entry to Eden for the day.

The new courses compliment the Certificate in Practical Horticulture, which is run in conjunction with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The course is made up of eight one-day sessions and people can take part in as many or as few as they like. Each session costs £50 and takes place at Eden’s Watering Lane Nursery.

Don Murray, Eden’s Chair of Horticulture, said: “We have fantastic resources and knowledge here at Eden and we are proud to not only inspire people to get involved with horticulture, but to share our own experience too.”

There is also the opportunity to get a fresh perspective on Eden by becoming a Gardener for the Day. The hands-on, behind the scenes experience allows people to pick up tips and techniques from Eden’s renowned team, while working in both the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes and the outdoor gardens. The day costs £99 and includes lunch with the horticultural team, refreshments and a certificate.

To look at the full range of courses on offer, go to: To book a place call the Eden Box Office on 01716 811972.