I've just finished reading a really interesting book - 'Cherry' Ingram The Englishman who saved Japan's blossoms, by Naoko Abe. It certainly isn't directly on the syllabus but has all sorts of interesting horticultural information interwoven between the history of the cherry tree in Japan and ...Read the rest of this topic
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)?
Here are some photos of the strange flowers of Aspidistra elatior seen in the glasshouses at Tyntesfield, a National Trust garden near Bristol. I wouldn't have noticed the flowers if there hadn't been some information next to them. Previously thought to be slug pollinated, it is now known that ...Read the rest of this topic
The article below - scanned from the Telegraph because they no longer
provide a news feed, I'm afraid - is very interesting on the role of
aphids in the garden food chain and why trying to get rid of them, even
with 'organic' insecticides, can do more harm than good.....
In his readable review in the Telegraph of the excellent new book The Field Guide to Winter Twigs
by John Poland, Ken Thompson gives a lucid explanation of the
difference between these botanical terms and how to identify each :
'How many of us, for example, have ever given much thought to...Read the rest of this topic
To reassure anyone who is worried about this, we have received the following :
Dear Head of Horticulture,
RHS Qualifications is aware of an error on question 3 of exam paper R3101 sat on Wednesday 13 February 2019.
The diagram included in the question was incorrect. The question asked candidates...Read the rest of this topic
Good luck to any of you taking exams next week!
Here are a few tips:
- Make sure you read the questions properly and don't rush in to answer before you understand exactly what is required.
- Move on to another question if you are stuck on one, then come back to it later if you have time.
- Make sure you ...
I just wanted to share with students in the Midlands and south of
England this unseasonal guest in a border I was clearing today - New
Year's Day, 1st January. Normally I wouldn't expect to see a lily beetle
until late March or April, and only on fritillaries, then lilies.
Obviously the mild weather is confusing pests, so watch out !
(I realise that some of our students in the more Northern parts of the UK may not be familiar with the Scarlet lily beetle - how lucky you are.)