Open day to highlight the science of growing

The future looks pretty green to horticulture tutor Don Cross and he hopes it will get even greener after an open day to highlight the free horticulture course at the Nelson Marlborough of Technology.

The open day on Saturday is aimed at showing anyone who is interested in the science of growing plants what the one-year national certificate course is about. "It's one of the few free courses available. We have a wide variety of people doing it to, from students just out of high school to 70 year olds," Don says.

The students not only learn about the science behind plants but also grow their own at the campus, focussing on native species that are used in planting and rejuvenation projects like the Tui to Town project. "They also take on planting projects around town, like one that a student will be doing as part of the new rail from Brayshaw Park to Omaka [Aviation Heritage Centre]."

The course involves weekly workshops on Tuesday nights which supplement the mostly home-based online study. Students have full access to all student facilities at the NMIT campus and full tutor help.

The open day will be at NMIT in Blenheim from 9am to noon, with the course starting on February 10.

The Marlborough Express