Horticulture at St Luke's
Horticulture is part of 'learning outside the classroom' and covers all things from growing plants to identifying wildflowers and trees, and how to encourage beneficial bugs into our gardens.
Horticulture isn't just about growing plants but a way of learning outdoors, to discover how to enjoy nature and a way to understand ourselves and the world around us. We have a number of different gardens to learn in.
The Vegetable Garden
Rich with fruit and vegetables, we also have a large greenhouse that we sow and nuture our seeds and seedlings in and many raised beds that we can set our young plants in. We also have a huge bug hotel to encourage lots of mini beasts into the garden to help with pollination.
The Sensory Garden
Here we learn about our senses and how we can use them to our advantage. We learn how to channel our anger, how to calm ourselves and how to relax. We have a chamomile lawn and herbs for scent, we have grasses, water, trees and musical instruments for sound. There are plenty of bright flowers and a wormery to look at, we have edible plants to taste and lots of different grasses and plants to feel.
The Wildflower Meadow
We can look for wildlife and signs that they have been there. We have lots of different types of wildflowers growing. We use this space for bug hunts and plant identification, as well as photography and art.
The Woodland Area
This is where we can learn about trees, wildlife and most importantly how to climb trees safely and make dens.
The Pond Area
Where we can learn about water plants, wildlife homes and the safety around water.
All of these garden have one thing in common, they're all outside. Which ever garden we are in we learn valuable lessons in life - how we need to be hygienic and how everything needs food and water to survive, even ourselves.
Not only do we offer horticultural lessons but we also offer Horticultural therapy, also known as Social and theraputic horticulture, and BTEC qualifications in horticulture or land-based studies.
Social and therapeutic horticulture is a process using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, whist working on communication and social skills and the ability to think clearly.
BTEC qualifications can either be gained in horticulture alone or as a joint qualification with animal care, known as land-based studies. These qualifications can be started in year 9, but we usually begin in year 10.
Mrs Emilie Griffin - Horticulture Manager