Our informal workshops are designed for beginners and more experienced gardeners. We offer workshops across a wide range of topics and also provide private courses for groups or gardening clubs. We have covered lots of different topics over the years; if you have a particular subject area that interests you, please let us know.
All the workshops are informal, educational and I hope fun! Please bring your questions too as there is a Q & A at the end.
Our courses offer the opportunity to learn from an experienced horticulturalist in a unique garden setting. A practical gardening element is included in most workshops.
16 September 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
September and October bring the spring bulb catalogues to our doors! It’s a great opportunity to buy some of our favourite bulbs and maybe even try some new ones…
14 October 2021, 10am - 1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
I’m often asked about how to tackle plant pest and diseases in the garden and of course like lots of things in nature, it depends …… I am not keen on using pesticides in the garden and I also try to use minimal amounts of herbicide (the occasional stubborn weed may be the exception)! as I feel it is better to have a few holes in leaves and lose some blooms to aphids rather than spray and possibly kill beneficial insects. Aim for healthy soil, plant plants - right plant right place and encourage as much wildlife into the garden to kill off the pests for you.
18 November 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
Some of my favourite plants are at their best in winter having a subtle charm lost later in the year when the colours and textures are more vibrant. From topiary to dogwoods to Daphne’s there are a myriad of winter plants to enjoy and enhance your garden. Even as winter beckons, a window box or a larger plot can look beautiful and feel alive even in February. By siting plants close to the house or along a path, it is easy to appreciate the flowers, fragrance or berries, or planting at a distance creating focal points to be enjoyed from the house.
25 January 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
I have postponed this workshop in person due to Covid but I will be running a Zoom call instead!!
January is one of the best times in the garden; an opportunity to leaf through the seed and plant catalogues and choose which plants to grow for the new season. It is also a good time to evaluate which of those gardening jobs to prioritise. I will provide a month by month guide on key tasks. Remember too, it’s the perfect time to take hardwood cuttings of all your favourite deciduous shrubs; one of the easiest types of cutting to do. We’ll take some and pot them up for you to take home!
24 February 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
I am running a Zoom call for this course - please get in touch if you would like to join.
Achieving year-round interest is every gardener’s dream; a dream that can be fulfilled with a little careful planning. Judicious use of bulbs, annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees allows the creation of a garden with year-round interest.
19 March 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
Learn how to design and select plants for long lasting and spectacular summer and autumn border displays! I have been developing a mixed border in our garden for over 5 years. Ideas and recommendations for the best plants and plant combinations are the major themes for this workshop.
06 May 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
Do you have an area of your garden that you struggle to find plants that grow, a sizzling, dry hot border perhaps, or a shady corner where nothing seems to thrive? These are some of the commonest problems experienced by gardeners. Follow our advice and we will transform your ‘difficult’ area into a beautiful one! I have chosen plants that are reliable, easy to grow and tried and tested performers.
07 June 2021, 10am-1pm • Chilworth, nr. Guildford • £40/person
After last year’s very hot and dry summer; I have now identified plants that thrive in these extreme conditions. With climate change and extreme weather events such as drought in summer becoming more likely; drought tolerant plants enable you to have a beautiful garden without the watering!