• Wayne McMaster

Propagation Practice & other stories

Updated: Apr 4

Our City & Guilds Horticulture course trainees with Grow for Life were grateful for the sunshine this Tuesday.


We continued this week with propagation, the art of creating plants for free. As some of the parent plants we propagate are ready to share their new growth as cuttings. We worked with the variegated Plectranthus.

We also continued with our plant identification, remembering the plants we were introduced to last week, using both the plants for sale in @urbangarden, but also gardening books with big glossy photos.


After our break we took to the park, being introduced to new trees and shrubs as we look to increase our knowledge of nature around us. It is good to stop and really observe, touching leaves and tree trunks, admiring the patterned bark of London Plane (Platanus x Hispanica), the fresh leaves coming out for Hawthorn (Crateagus monogyna), late catkins on Hazel (Corylus avellana) and the smooth grey bark of Beech (Fagus sylvatica)


As we journeyed to the Botanical garden to admire beautiful Magnolia blooms, we picked up again on more perennial plants in situ. Its tricky at this time of year to appreciate how they will look in summer, given many are just starting their growth this spring, we can use our imagination and photos. We experienced through sight and touch the slightly rubbery leaves of Sedum, the rough heart-shaped leaves of Phlomis russeliana and the sword-like leaves of Iris.


Thank you to Urban Garden for letting us use the plants in the nursery this week.