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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Growing Science: Fabulously informative radio series from BBC World Service
by Deborah Lord - Saturday, 11 January 2020, 11:51 AM

Hi and Happy New Year to all!

Here I am again with my radio links :) 

This is a wonderful series of short and interesting episodes I thought I'd share.  It's almost 20 years old but the information is still as relevant today.  The presenter sometimes sounds like she's presenting a children's show but when she's chatting to the experts it makes for fascinating listening.  It links in really nicely with a lot of what we are learning on the course.

Hope you find it useful and enjoy it too.


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Season's Greetings to all
by Jenny Shukman - Tuesday, 24 December 2019, 6:51 PM

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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 ...

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New hope for trees affected by ash dieback
by Jenny Shukman - Thursday, 21 November 2019, 8:29 PM

Scientists say there is new hope in the fight against a disease that is devastating ash trees. A study has identified the genes that give trees resistance to ash dieback, which arrived in the UK in 2012 and has now spread to almost every part of the country. The discovery suggests that trees could now be bred that are unaffected by the epidemic.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.