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)?
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Autumn colour at Stourhead, Wiltshire
by Jenny Shukman - Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 7:42 PM

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Halloween pictures!
by Jenny Shukman - Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 8:22 PM

A few Halloween pictures - the wonderful pumpkin display is at Tyntesfield, a National Trust property near Bristol:

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Good Luck!
by Jenny Shukman - Sunday, 17 June 2018, 8:11 PM

Good luck to all of you taking exams next week.

A few quick tips:

Make sure you take your time reading through the questions so you know exactly what is required.  

Move on from a question if you are stuck on it and come back to it at the end if you have time.

Try and use full botanical names for all...

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New 'fridge-free' nematodes
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 6:20 PM

Neudorff are marketing a new range of nematode biological controls which can be bought 'off the shelf' in garden centres.
The range of nematode treatments for tackling leatherjackets, chafer grubs and vine weevils will not require refrigeration and have a shelf life of six months.


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Anerodic Respiration
by Stephen Malsher - Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:01 PM

What are two benefits of anerobic respiration?????

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Good Luck!
by Jenny Shukman - Sunday, 4 February 2018, 7:50 PM

Just to wish good luck to any of you taking exams next week! There is some excellent advice in Janet's post in the general news and announcements.

We will be thinking of you all and wishing you the best!


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How flowering plants conquered the world
by Jenny Shukman - Monday, 15 January 2018, 9:32 AM

An interesting article on the BBC news website:

Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth.

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Christmas Quiz
by Jenny Shukman - Sunday, 24 December 2017, 7:04 PM

Here is a short quiz for the festive season, answers to be posted in the New Year.

Name the Plant:

(Full marks for botanical names!)

1. Grown for it's colourful bracts, the species name means 'very beautiful'.

2. We need some Winter Sun from this evergreen member of Berberidaceae.

3. A box that isn't ...

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Tulip genome, attracting bees and plant name changes
by Jenny Shukman - Monday, 18 December 2017, 8:45 PM

There are some interesting articles in the RHS publication 'The Plantsman' this month, including the following:

The tulip genome -

The genome of the tulip has been sequenced, using the cultivar 'Orange Sherpa'. Amazingly it has a genome nearly 11 times larger than that of humans! The information is...

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Photos of RHS Garden Rosemoor
by Jenny Shukman - Friday, 24 November 2017, 7:01 PM

Here are some photos of RHS Garden Rosemoor, which was looking stunning when we visited last week: