Name of Event: Inverness Botanic Gardens Visit
Event Sector: Land and Environment
Event Background / Objectives: This visit was organized on behalf of the Culloden Academy gardening club which caters for a small group of pupils. The aim was to inspire them and help them with ideas for their own planter projects around the school, and to make them aware of the wide range of careers and pathways available to them in gardening.
Event Format: The tour was arranged to last for an hour and a half, taking in areas most related to the pupils planter project. 3 pupils, requiring additional support, attended the tour accompanied by 2 pupil support assistants. The tour was led by Botanic’s gardener Jess.
Direct Impacts: Pupils learned about planting styles, seasonal and weather impacts and mitigations, climate breakdown, garden design, wildlife garden design, successional planting, and the difference between F1, annual, biennial and perennial plants and seeds. This covered a wide range of CfE topics. As these pupils struggle to regularly attend timetabled classes this is of enormous benefit to their learning.
They also learned about gardening pathways and careers and met a variety of staff who had followed different routes into gardening.
Benefits: The pupils were motivated by the visit, and asked questions about career pathways and the range of gardening careers on offer. They were inspired by the diverse range of pathways.
They have taken the knowledge gained and applied it to their planter project, planting up a large planter in the school grounds and detailing plans for successional planting in their smaller planters around the school for next year. They have used this knowledge to choose perennial plants and evergreen plants for their planter which attract wildlife and have year round interest, benefitting the school as a whole.