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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3101 paper Wednesday 13th February
by Janet Prescott - Thursday, 14 February 2019, 3:22 PM

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...

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Good luck!
by Jenny Shukman - Sunday, 10 February 2019, 2:36 PM

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 ...
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Season's Greetings
by Jenny Shukman - Saturday, 22 December 2018, 7:39 PM

Enjoy the festive season and all the best for 2019!

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Watch out - there 's a lily beetle about...
by Janet Prescott - Tuesday, 1 January 2019, 6:18 PM

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.)

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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!