ONLINE COURSE Who was that plant? Part one: The cultivars

Names of people and places abound in our garden plants, some from the distant past, some modern, but all with fascinating histories to tell about the plants we love. Cultivars can be named by plant hunters or nurseries, growers and breeders, they reflect their loves and obsessions, or their inspirations. Some seem at odds with the plant they name, others pick up on scent or colour or maybe a memory of a friend or fictional character to be honoured or even contemporary character long since forgotten otherwise.

Museum Late: Gold of the Great Steppe

The Fitzwilliam Museum will be opening its doors after-hours again on Thursday 25 November from 17.15 to 20.00.

There will be the opportunity to see the Museum’s new exhibition Gold of the Great Steppe, featuring hundreds of outstanding 2,700 year old gold artefacts recently discovered in the extraordinary ancient burial mounds of East Kazakhstan. And the theme of the exhibition will run through the Museum’s programme for the night with workshops (booking essential), special pop-up talks, tours and live music.

Online Panel discussion with Sutapa Biswas, Lola Olufemi and Gilane Tawadros

Join us for an online panel discussion with exhibition artist Sutapa Biswas, black feminist writer Lola Olufemi and writer and curator Gilane Tawadros. We will explore formal and conceptual considerations that are key to the language of Biswas’ art, whilst also looking at her contribution to the Black Arts Movement – a cluster of politicised artistic activities by artists of colour.

CLASSROOM COURSE Christmas wreath making: 10 December

Join florist Paula Edgington to start your festive season and make your own garden-inspired festive wreath.  No previous experience is needed as you will be taken through the process step-by-step. The wreath will be made from scratch, and will have a moss-based ring.  You will then cover it in a selection of festive evergreen foliages and berries which have been gathered from the Botanic Garden, followed by a choice of decorations from natural pine cones, cinnamon bundles, dried fruit and more, and finally a ribbon to hang it up.

CLASSROOM COURSE Christmas wreath making: 3 December

Join florist Paula Edgington to start your festive season and make your own garden-inspired festive wreath.  No previous experience is needed as you will be taken through the process step-by-step. The wreath will be made from scratch, and will have a moss-based ring.  You will then cover it in a selection of festive evergreen foliages and berries which have been gathered from the Botanic Garden, followed by a choice of decorations from natural pine cones, cinnamon bundles, dried fruit and more, and finally a ribbon to hang it up.

ONLINE COURSE Hand sewing techniques: Christmas tree sampler card

Join tutor Jemma Dell as she demonstrates how to create this simple hand stitched Christmas card, perfect for sending to close friends and family.  In this two hour evening course you will learn eight different embroidery stitches and use these in combination with beads, a button and a piece of fabric to create a unique Christmas tree card.  You can then frame your finished embroidery in its card ready to send.  A kit containing everything that you need to make the card will be posted to you in advance of the course.