The new Bath Gardening School has this week launched its first spring to summer calendar of events offering a series of one day courses for both amateur and experienced gardeners.
The school is being run by Emma Bond of Bath Garden Design and Landscaping which is based in Old Orchard, Walcot Street, Bath. The courses themselves begin in April and will be held at the Botanical Gardens, Bath.
Emma said: "This school is unique to Bath as we are offering inspiring one day courses for beginners and people interested in gardening in a non-stuffy and stimulating environment, with an emphasis for this summer on growing vegetables and other edibles.
"We have some really great speakers coming to teach the various days including James Alexander Sinclair from Gardener''s World and Mark Diacono, head gardener at River Cottage.
The aim of the new Bath Gardening School is to offer gardeners of all ages and experience the opportunity to learn new skills in a sociable environment over the course of a day.
Courses for the spring-summer programme include the English Country Garden, Planning a Kitchen Garden for Beginners, Garden Photography and A Beginners Guide to Beekeeping.
All the courses have been designed to be informal and interactive, so that whatever your level of experience, you will learn something new, enjoy the day and be able to share ideas with like-minded people.
Professional gardeners who are experts in their field teach the courses. Teachers include high profile gardeners such as Gardeners' World James Alexander-Sinclair, author Anne Wareham and Mark Diacono, head gardener at River Cottage, and local faces such as Louis Hodgkin of the Bath Beekeeping Association and no-dig advocate Charles Dowding.
Landscape designer Emma explains: "Last year, I realised that there are no outlets for people to learn about gardening in a friendly and relaxing environment in Bath. I really believe that gardening should be fun and accessible - and most of all, it should be easy. The courses will show people the many different things they can do in their garden, whether it's turning it into a beautiful as well as productive kitchen garden or introducing people to beekeeping for the first time."