Whether you have a small balcony at 400 metres in Nyon, or a big plot of land at 1,000 metres high up in St Cergue, if you are in need of some excellent gardening advice for this part of the world, then look no further than the Swiss Gardening School. The school’s tag line is “Lessons in English for amateur gardeners by professionals” and classes are run throughout the year on a variety of subjects by gardeners Hester Macdonald and Tara Lissner. The school’s next course will be held in Nyon on the 1st April from 09:00-13:00 an will be “Design – On a Budget – Creating a beautiful outdoor space without spending a fortune”.
Below are a selection of photos taken by Living in Nyon at one of the school’s gardening course back in September 2013. Despite the editor of this site having decidedly non-green fingers, she learnt the best way to pot plants into containers, how to plant bulbs the correct way up, what to look for when buying compost, how to design and plan around colour schemes, and she also got some good recommendations on local nurseries, garden centres and online gardening sites.
Nearly six months later, the box of bulbs that the editor planted is still going strong and in bloom! As class sizes are small there are plenty of opportunities to ask the gardening experts one-on-one advice on anything and everything to do with gardening based on personal requirements. Classes are fun and informative – See here for full details of upcoming courses held in both Nyon and Founex.
Photo above – sensible, practical advice given to students Photo above -which way up do I plant these? Photo above – recommended reading material. Plant Pots made out of coffee tins! Photos below – Living in Nyon box of bulbs and flowers planted September 2013 (top left of photo) and the same box March 2014.