An open forum for chatting about anything you want to.

These classrooms don't contain notes or handouts for the syllabus; they are a space for students.

With the re-structuring of the RHS website the discussion forums in the My Garden area disappeared. These were helpful to some people studying through distance learning, as well as to RHS members with general plant identification queries, and other problems which could be solved by asking other experienced gardeners rather than 'Experts'.

BEST has its own Facebook page where you can talk to past and present students - you'll see the icon on your home page - but if you aren't a habitual Facebook user you may not want to get involved in some of the online alternatives to meet other RHS students. So we hope you will think about using this space to communicate with our other students - who are also trying to make sense of the handouts, work through past papers, and decide if it's worth planting out their potatoes yet!

One area has been set up for level 2 students, and another for level 3; your tutor can help if you have general queries you want to raise.

You will all be enrolled in the chat areas - did you know that if you go into your user profile settings you can get your 'internal' emails redirected to any other account of your choice, so you don't have to be logged in to see email (only to answer it)?
Picture of Deborah Lord
Photoperiodism - short day and long day plants teaching video
by Deborah Lord - Friday, 12 July 2019, 8:00 PM

Nice and concise video which has really helped me to get my head around what's going on with this photoperiodism thing :)

Hope you find it useful too.

Cheers, Deb

Picture of Karen Allsworth
Job opportunity
by Karen Allsworth - Saturday, 17 August 2019, 8:04 AM

Hi everyone. An agency that I use has informed me of a job opportunity for a Head Gardener in the New Forest. The salary is 37-40k per annum and includes a two bedroom cottage if required. The owners of the house live overseas for ten months of the year but the two months they are around can be very busy! If anyone is interested or knows of anyone that maybe interested please let me know and I will pass your details on. Thanks. Karen. 

Picture of Silva Carver
Meet ups?
by Silva Carver - Saturday, 6 July 2019, 4:41 PM

Would anyone be interested in meeting up occasionally at a garden or event and discuss the course? I can do Gloucerstshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire areas.

apple for the teacher?
Hazards in digging - electricity
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 11:47 PM

The level 3 Garden Planning Certificate stresses some of the hazards you may encounter in a garden, why it is important to consider the risks from electricity etc  and how you can minimise them before you start work.

One of our level 3 students has shared these pictures of her best spade, after it hit an unexpected live cable buried only 3cm down and without any protective covering.  No-one was hurt, fortunately.

Picture of Jenny  Shukman
Oak Processionary Moth
by Jenny Shukman - Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 8:18 PM

The Plant Health Service has intercepted an increasing number of cases of OPM caterpillars on trees imported from the continent. On Monday 15 July new legislation came into force to strengthen existing protections.

For more on how to identify OPM visit the Forest Research website.

Picture of Stephen Gathercole
by Stephen Gathercole - Monday, 8 July 2019, 8:38 PM

Hi All,

Highly recommend - Adam Frost - How to create your garden (RHS). features many of the design aspects covered in the course.

Picture of Jenny  Shukman
Seeds of Life: The plants suited to climate change
by Jenny Shukman - Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 7:13 PM

Experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, selected 11 seeds from plants and trees that may be better suited to climate change than other species.

Using a scanning electron microscope, artist Rob Kesseler created striking colourised images of the seeds in extraordinary detail.

The five experts at Kew in London chose the species based on characteristics such as resilience to drought and diseases, and suitability to increased global temperatures.

An interesting article with amazing images from BBC News at:

Picture of Jenny  Shukman
Good luck for the exams next week
by Jenny Shukman - Friday, 21 June 2019, 7:56 PM

Good luck to any of you taking exams next week. Here are a few tips - I have posted these before, but added a few extra points now.

A few exam tips:

o   Divide your time up so you allow enough time to complete all the questions. Carry on with another question you find easier if you are ...

Read the rest of this topic
(255 words)
Picture of Zsolt Fodor
pH test at home
by Zsolt Fodor - Thursday, 23 May 2019, 6:44 PM

Hi all,

I remember when we did our pH test in February the test tubes were all marked so we knew how much di-ionised water and universal indicator we needed on top of the soil and barium sulphate which had a combined depth of 40 mm. If I were to do this home how do I know how much I need from these two liquids, and I also think that my test tube is slightly bigger in diameter than the ones we used at Ryton.



Picture of Deborah Lord
A few plant related radio broadcasts
by Deborah Lord - Monday, 29 April 2019, 9:11 PM

Hi All

I came across these 3 fascinating series while having a browse through the BBC Sounds app recently. Found them all really interesting, some just for general interest, but others relate to some content in the Plant Growth syllabus.  Omnibus episode 3 of the Roots to Riches programme, for ...

Read the rest of this topic
(125 words)