South Eastern Regional College (SERC) will be hosting an open day and plant sale at its Holywood campus at Old Holywood Road, 11am-3pm on Wednesday, May 25.
SERC’s horticulture team and student’s annual plant sale has been a fixture in the gardeners’ calendar for several years.
It is an opportunity for everyone to pick up a plant, find out about horticulture and Restart education programmes on offer and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the newly opened Wellbeing Garden.
The Community and Engagement team will be there to answer any questions about the Restart programme, which provides adult returners with the basic knowledge and skills that are required for progression to Level 2 and Level 3 courses within the college; and the Level 3 Access Diploma in Foundation Studies course – both programmes offer plenty of options for progression depending on where you want your return to education to take you.
Claire Dunwoody, Horticulture Lecturer, said: “The SERC horticulture team will be available to discuss the exciting range of updated and new courses commencing in September 2022 at the Holywood campus, including RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture; OCN Level 2 Certificate in Garden Design; Level 2 Award in Organic Fruit & Vegetable Growing; Level 2 Award in Gardening Skills, Level 2 Award in Plant Knowledge; and the new Level 2 Award in Botanical Art which combines art and science for those who want the opportunity to create compositions of plants in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
“You can also find out about the OCN Level 2 & 3 Award in Floral Design available at Bangor and Newtownards campus.”
Leisure programmes on offer in Holywood this year include Leisure Organic Fruit & Vegetable Growing; Leisure Gardening (also at Ballynahinch and Downpatrick) and Leisure Floral Art (also at Bangor and Newtownards).
The annual plant sale is the culmination of work throughout the year by students.
It is the opportunity to pick up something grown by seed or cuttings at a fraction of the cost you might pay in a garden centre.
It will have a range of annual and perennial plants for sale, which may be purchased (cash only) on the day.
All the monies generated from the plant sale goes towards purchasing seeds for the courses.
Parking is limited at Holywood campus, so if you can share a car to attend please do.
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