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Students pick up tips on gardening
1:00pm Saturday 7th July 2012 in News
AMERICAN students from Auburn University in Alabama have been visiting Pershore College where they have been learning all about horticulture and garden design.
Mike Roberts, technical academy manager at Pershore, said: “The students have been here for six weeks and while they have been with us they’ve learned about landscape design, plant science, turf management and garden history.
“They’ve been on lots of visits, for example to Prince Charles’ garden at Highgrove, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and to the Rioch Arena to look at turf management ahead of the Olympics.
“They’ve also experienced a different culture and ways of doing things to what they are doing in the US and, of course, we have got some of the best gardens in the world.”
The students have enjoyed the trip, despite the variable British summer weather they have encountered.
Molly Hendry, aged 20, of Alabama, said: “I’ve loved it here, it’s been great.
“It is very different to Auburn, a lot smaller and more personal.
I’ve loved how the tutors teach, it’s more intense and you get to discover the information for yourself.”
Jayne Funderburk, aged 20, said: “It’s been a lot of fun.
“The classes are really tough and I’ve found it’s a lot more application than we’re used to.
“A lot of time at home we learn the facts, then we forget them, while here it’s more that you learn it and then they expect you to explain it in detail.”