Welcome to All Gardeners Students Teachers

s4gWelcome to Science for the Gardener  AS  a recently retired science teacher from the home counties uk  and a keen gardener for many years I have RECENTLY launched the Book ‘Science for the Gardener 

Towards the end of my career in science teaching I was lucky enough to be able to study Advanced Horticulture at Capel Manor College,  Enfield where I completed several different exam courses and I am proud to be an Full  Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture a highly professional body with the highest outlook towards the future of Horticulture progress.

Now happily living in Somerset in the South West of the UK I find my passion for gardening and the great outdoors grows ever stronger.   I have joined the Committee of my local Horticultural Society as the horticultural advisor also write gardening articles for local magazines and newsletters and this website which is now International from uk ,europe to usa and china and the far east and oceania .

I have designed a 55 slide Power Point slide show available for all Gardeners ,Teachers Horticultural Students on this website .A special  shorter 24 slide free version is available on the RHS Schools website under secondary school resources so do search for it .!

I well remember the evening the speaker failed to turn up for a meeting at our Horticultural Club – a mix up over dates – and our secretary desperately trying to find someone to take their place.  When she came to me I said that I would be happy to say a few words – and suddenly my teaching instincts kicked in and an interesting evening was spent just chatting over ‘garden matters’.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, earned the grateful thanks of the secretary and chairman and believe that the audience also enjoyed this impromptu chat.  It set me thinking…

Over the years I have been asked so many questions by fellow garden lovers about why their plants behave as they do, why things happen when they do, and how they happen above and below soil level .  I decided  that what was needed was an easy-to-understand Power Point talk with fun graphics introducing the concept of science being one more very useful tool for the gardener.Take a look at some of the slide samples on the right of this page.

It is here that I would like to offer my  thanks to Anne Perez at Saffron Publishing for IT input .

Last year I finally gave the  initial presentation “Science for the Gardener” in  the South Somerset village of Tatworth to their Horticultural Society.  I wanted to demonstrate that a little science knowledge can be very beneficial in understanding what is happening in our gardens and in helping us to get the best out of our plants and soil – my aim being to convince them that  gardening and science go hand in hand  together.

In brief, the following topics were covered:  living fossil plants – plant naming  – growth, propagation and reproduction, followed by a topic on nutrients, soils and pH and soil testing.  The presentation came to an end with discussions on plant well being and climate change and how plants might evolve in the future. This was followed by a welcome cup of tea!

The Power Point talk was well received and above all was found to be useful by those who attended and this set me thinking that there may well be many other gardeners out there who also might appreciate a little scientific knowledge to help improve their gardens.

Like my garden the presentation grew into a Book Science for the Gardener – I have tried to make it light-hearted, fun and easy-to-understand and read .Complex botanical and horticultural explanations are often too difficult and time consuming for many gardeners so this book hopefully avoids this .It follows at a level 2 of the RHS basic exam course but is NOT  a text book I hasten to add .

If you feel this subject may be of interest to you, the layman gardener , gardening club, allotment holder ,school class or perhaps anyone in Horticultural training I would love to share the Power Point and the Book with you so have a look around the website Home and Shop headers .

I believe that as you gain more scientific background knowledge of gardening, your ability to understand, to grow and to control your garden will improve and the results will become ever more rewarding.

Welcome also especially to Teachers to Science for the Gardener to all those following the link from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website.

Have you taken up the FREE offer of the teacher’s 24 PowerPoint Download on the RHS Secondary Science Resources News page?   A valuable easy teaching tool with accompanying detailed notes, developed especially for students of any age interested in studying the science behind gardening and horticulture.

To help you prepare gardening science support lessons for your students – to obtain the  full copy of the 55 PowerPoint Slide Presentation FOR only £9.99 along with the accompanying notes.   Go to SHOP now.

There are  more Science topics to look at on Science for the Gardener especially the Garden Science page keep scrolling – down with illustrated excerpts from Chapter 1 Plant Evolution Algae to Angiosperms from the  Book – Science for the Gardener internationally available on the Home page direct link to Amazon .Wordery. Book Depository .Foyles and all good Bookshops .

News has various thoughtful editorials on Happy and Healthy Gardening , Young Horticulturist, Community Gardening and Gardening for the Blind etc ,just have an explore . 

Garden Science page has  a very special message from a leading  figure in the horticultural world.Prof Owen Doyle

Follow Tim Peake’s experiments in space with RHS seeds experiment , what effect did zero gravity have on those seeds?

Regular updates will aim to provide interesting aspects in the advancement of basic gardening science for students keen to know how the world benefits from the growing of plants.

If you have any questions do contact me: .The book Science for the Gardener is now  popular in the USA as in the UK 

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The perception of scientists can be scary to many gardeners – but a little scientific knowledge can be useful to us all.

Tony Arnold MCIHort