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October 29th, 2016

Diwali: The Festival of Light

happy-diwali This year the REEP team have put together a series of information and activity sheets to help people to understand and celebrate Diwali. These are freely available on our website and can be found on the resources section of our website.

http://www.reepinfo.org/diwali-resources/

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July 22nd, 2016

Goodbye to REEP McLaren Scholars

Saturday sadly marked the end of our inaugural REEP McLaren Scholarship programme in England. Well done and thank you to Inés Parias-Cervera (Spain), Nezha Kejaat (Morocco) and Rhiannon Matravers (England) for being the first ever inter-horticultural REEP McLaren scholars! What an experience our three scholars had too! They planted borders for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Gardens, wove willow at Cressing Temple Tudor Garden, pruned topiary at Hever Castle, discovered sacred geometry at Ham House, designed an Anglo-Moroccan-Spanish Garden for Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, discovered new plants at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, studied medicinal plants at the Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden, and explored the historic gardens at Kenilworth Castle, Inner Temple, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Hampton Court Palace! Despite their busy schedule our scholars found time to interact with each other, share their different cultural backgrounds and enjoy each other’s company after hours too. You can share in the scholars’ afterhours experiences by clicking on the image below.
Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars enjoying the social element of the REEP McLaren Scholarship.

Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars enjoying the social elements of the REEP McLaren Scholarship.

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July 15th, 2016

Scholars Visit Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden

Joined by REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren, our three scholars spent yesterday at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Medicinal Garden, near Regent's Park in London. Garden Fellow, Dr. Henry Oakeley, gave them an excellent tour of the gardens, teaching them about the use of many plants in medicines past and present. At the end of the day Dr. Oakeley treated them to a peak at the RCP's Herbarium where they were able to see how plant specimens have been collected, pressed and preserved by the college over the years. Nezha was so inspired by this that she has vowed to begin an herbarium of Essaouiran plant species when she returns home next week!
Click on the image above to see the photos the scholars took and some of the fascinating plant facts they learnt during their visit to the RCP Medicinal Garden.

Click on the image above to see the photos the scholars took and some of the fascinating plant facts they learnt during their visit to the RCP Medicinal Garden.

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July 13th, 2016

REEP McLaren Scholars visit Inner Temple Gardens

Today our Spanish, Moroccan and English scholars, Inés, Nezha and Rhiannon, visited Inner Temple Gardens in London for a tour. The gardens date back to the Knight's Templar and they are one of the few gardens to get a mention by Shakespeare in his plays - something which is commemorated in the famous 'War of the Roses' border here.
Click on the image above to see the photos taken by our scholars during their tour of Inner Temple Gardens.

Click on the image above to see the photos taken by our scholars during their tour of Inner Temple Gardens.

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July 13th, 2016

REEP Scholars work at Ham House Gardens

My, how the scholarship has flown by - our REEP McLaren Scholars are almost at the end of their scholarship journey! On Monday and Tuesday Inés, Nezha and Rhiannon worked in the gardens at Ham House in Richmond-upon-Thames. As well as studying the typical features of a 17th century English formal garden, they learnt about the use of sacred geometry in historic garden design and about the cultivation of Citrus trees in England's cool climate.
Inés shelters from the rain in the famous Cherry Garden. To see more photos from the scholars' two days working at Ham House Gardens please click on the image above.

Inés shelters from the rain in the famous Cherry Garden. To see more photos from the scholars' two days working at Ham House Gardens please click on the image above.

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July 11th, 2016

REEP Scholars at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Yesterday our scholars spent the day at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Here they enjoyed looking at the latest plant introductions, including the roses for which this flower show is famous. They also appreciated the opportunity to see the beautiful show gardens, especially 'All the World's a Stage', which was inspired by Shakespeare's literary anthologies!
Click on the image above to see the photos taken by the scholars during their visit to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Click on the image above to see the photos taken by the scholars during their visit to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

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July 10th, 2016

Scholars’ Plant Design at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

You may remember that last week we showed you our scholars design for an Anglo-Moroccan-Spanish planting scheme at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens (CBHG)? Well on Friday and Saturday our scholars were busy in the gardens planting out their design!
Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars working at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens.

Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars working at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens.

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July 7th, 2016

Scholars visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens

On Wednesday our three scholars took a self-guided visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens to see the collections. They were particularly interested to see The Historic Gardens, which show the development of gardens in Britain during the Roman, Medieval and Tudor periods.
Inés in the gardens at BBG. Click on the image to see more photos of the scholars visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Inés in the gardens at BBG. Click on the image to see more photos of the scholars visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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July 6th, 2016

REEP Scholars work in the Tudor Garden at Cressing Temple

On Monday and Tuesday our three intercultural scholars, Inés Parias-Cervera (Spain), Nezha Kejaat (Morocco) and Rhiannon Matravers (England) spent two days working in the recreated Tudor Gardens at Cressing Temple in Essex. Here they learned a range of traditional skills and crafts including weaving willow fences, pruning topiary box, trimming box hedges and pruning grape vines. They also discovered all about the use of plants in Tudor England for food, medicine, dyes, strewing and other utilitarian purposes.
Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars' work experience at Cressing Temple.

Click on the image above to see more photos of the scholars' work experience at Cressing Temple.

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July 3rd, 2016

REEP McLaren Scholars Visit Hampton Court Palace Gardens

On Saturday our three scholars, Inés, Nezha and Rhiannon visited Hampton Court Palace to see the famous royal gardens. They were particularly keen to see the Privy Garden, which is one of the best examples in England of the Dutch formal garden style, popular during the late 17th century.
Click on the image above to see the scholars visit to Hampton Court Palace.

Click on the image above to see the scholars visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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July 2nd, 2016

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens go Anglo-Moroccan-Spanish

Whilst they have been busy with their scholarship garden placements and visits our scholars have managed to find time to work on a design for a planting scheme at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens which fuses the influences of Morocco, Spain and England. Next week they will spend two days working at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens where they will plant out their finished design (see below). CBHG Maltese Cross THUMBNAIL (1)

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July 1st, 2016

Scholars Work at Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle

On Thursday and Friday our 3 REEP McLaren Scholars spent 2 wonderful days working in the gardens of Anne Boleyn's former family home, Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Here they learnt how to summer-prune roses in the beautiful rose garden and how to trim the ornate topiary yew and box shapes beside the castle.
Click on the photo above to see photos of the scholars working in the gardens at Hever Castle.

Click on the photo above to see photos of the scholars working in the gardens at Hever Castle.

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