Courses

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Making the Most of Your Garden

Do you have a garden?  An outside space?  A windowsill?  Come and develop your understanding of it, working out what is already there and how it can be enhanced.

Two-day course (1 half-day workshop per week for 2 weeks).

The class will look at common issues in city gardens using the students’ own gardens as case studies. 

General gardening techniques, ideas and plants will be covered before students’ own gardens are viewed and discussed in more detail. 

The aim of the course is for students to go away with an understanding of some of the problems and solutions for their own space, as well as a feeling for its potential.

This is a classroom-based (theory) course with lots of visuals and discussion, and a small ‘homework’ task between the two classes.

Anyone with access to a garden

  • Garden appraisal
  • Planning
  • Plants
  • Maintenance
  • Answers to some of your questions relating to your own garden
  • Advice for common issues shared by the group
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Introduction to Garden Design

A short introduction to the language, art and techniques of Garden Design

Half-day workshop offering the opportunity to think about gardens from a planning or design perspective.  It aims to demystify the art and language of garden design as well as offering a few practical techniques for planning outside spaces.

Anyone interested in designing their own garden as well as career changers, passionate gardeners and other creatives.

  • Design Principles
  • Appraisal & Surveying
  • Using landscaping materials in design
  • Using plants in design
  • Practical techniques
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Planting Neighbourhood Spaces

A how-to guide to improving your neighbourhood with plants.   Around trees, in the park, outside the doctor’s surgery, in that unloved space currently used as a litter bin, there are so many places it can be done.

 

This half-day workshop will help you get started.

From choosing and procuring plants to planting and caring for them, as well as the nuts and bolts of recruiting volunteers and even raising money. A really useful course for anybody with the time and inclination to improve their urban surroundings, and a chance to meet others doing the same thing.

Anyone wanting to improve their surroundings

  • Choosing and finding plants
  • Planting and caring for your space
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Raising money
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Gardening for the Complete Beginner (online workshop)

Dip your toe into the world of gardening from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are, in a short online beginner workshop. 

 

 

Do you know someone who seems to just know about gardening, they watch Gardener’s World and know the names of plants.  They can navigate their way around a garden centre and not waste £20 on a couple of pretty flowers that they have no idea what to do with? 

You could be that person.  It’s not rocket science, and you could take your first steps with us in our 2-hour online workshop with a small group of other beginners, where nobody minds that you don’t know your annuals from your perennials or what’s a weed and what’s not. 

We’ll teach you the basics of garden plants, and a bit about gardens.  See if it catches your interest: maybe once you’ve taken that first step we’ll have you signing up for more!  Or maybe you’ll just go away feeling a bit more confident on that next trip to the garden centre.

Complete beginners, whether they have a garden nor not, wherever they live.

Some gardening basics, right from the beginning

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Garden Design for Beginners

Garden design.  What is it?  How do they do it?  Let us demystify it for you in a short course offering the opportunity to think about gardens from a planning or design perspective. 

Two-day course  (1 half-day workshop per week for 2 weeks).  It aims to covering the art and language of garden design as well as offering a few practical techniques for planning outside spaces and a chance to have a go at a garden design in the second class.

Anyone interested in designing their own garden as well as career changers, passionate gardeners and other creatives.

  • Design Principles
  • Appraisal & Surveying
  • Using landscaping materials in design
  • Using plants in design
  • Practical techniques and practice design
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Making the Most of Your Garden

Do you have a garden?  An outside space?  A windowsill?  Come and develop your understanding of it, working out what is already there and how it can be enhanced.

The aim of the course is for students to go away with a plan for their space, or at least a feeling for its potential.

Two  (1 half-day workshop per week for 2 weeks)

Anyone with access to a garden

  • Garden appraisal
  • Planning
  • Plants
  • Maintenance
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Garden Design for Beginners

Garden design.  What is it?  How do they do it?  This introductory course offers students the opportunity to think about gardens from a planning or design perspective.  It aims to demystify the art and language of garden design as well as offering a few practical techniques for planning outside spaces.

Two  (1 half-day workshop per week for 2 weeks)

Anyone interested in designing their own garden as well as career changers, passionate gardeners and other creatives.

  • Design Principles
  • Appraisal & Surveying
  • Using landscaping materials in design
  • Using plants in design
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Introduction to Garden Plants

Plants, plants and just plants.  There are are so many!  What are they?  Which ones do I need? 

This course helps students learn their plants.  Shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, weeds … an introduction to the most common ones we find in our gardens. 

One half-day workshop

Anyone who wants to learn more about plants

  • Nomenclature: Latin vs common names
  • Trees and shrubs for the urban garden
  • Flowers – perennial and annual
  • Grasses and Ferns
  • Principles of Right Plant Right Place
  • Planting techniques

 

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Seasonal Garden Care

It’s Spring!  What should I be doing in my garden?  I don’t want to miss the window!  This course gives students an idea of what can be done in their garden/planters now, at the beginning of the growing season.  From sowing seeds, weeding, improving the soil … to taking a trip to the Garden Centre!

One half-day workshop

Anyone looking after a garden

  • Preparing for the Growing Season
  • How to help plants thrive
  • Woody plants (trees & shrubs): pruning; feeding; shaping
  • Perennials: planting, right plant right place
  • Annuals including bedding plants
  • Climbing plants
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Gardening from Scratch

Would you like to learn more about gardening, starting from scratch?  If so this course is for you. 

 

A half-day workshop where you will learn about choosing plants, and keeping them alive and healthy. Understand the soil and the seasons. Explore how to plan your gardening. It can be daunting getting started. Let us help you!

Beginners

  • Understanding your soil
  • Choosing your plants
  • Looking after your plants
  • Maintaining your garden

Part-time Courses

A Year in the Garden - September 2022 - July 2023

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One-day-a-week course following the gardening year while teaching the key skills and knowledge you need to become a better gardener. 
Aimed at the keen amateur gardener, including those new to gardening, it is also a useful foundation course for those interested in exploring a horticultural or related career.
 
This student-centred course is designed to
  • enhance your understanding of the theory of horticulture
  • actively increase your plant knowledge
  • improve your gardening skills
Time is also allocated each week to practical tasks and to queries brought into the classroom by the students.
 
The course runs for a year from late September, with an option to join by the term rather than signing up for the whole year.

Future Courses

Some of the courses we are currently working on as we expand our range of short courses and workshops. 

We always welcome ideas and suggestions so feel free to get in touch if there is anything you would like to see or an aspect of gardening or horticulture you think would suit a short course or workshop.  There is a space to add any comments or suggestions in the ‘request more information’ form on the button below.

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Sustainability in the Garden

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Meadow Making

SLBI

My Botanical Garden

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Fruit & Vegetables

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Your Garden

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Garden Design

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Garden Plants

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Seasonal Garden Care

Autumn Series

Our Autumn Series will be announced in the summer and will offer a series of single workshops and short courses in our London centres and online, according to demand.  Click here to request our prospectus as soon as it is available. 

Can't find the course to suit you?

If you are interested in studying a course with us but do not see anything suitable on our Courses page, we would love to hear what you’re looking for.

We’re new!  And we want to offer useful, enjoyable courses covering the skills and knowledge you want to learn, at times and places to suit you.

So let us know a bit more about yourself and what might suit you, and we’ll see what we can do!

“I would like to do an online course but can only study on Tuesday evenings”

“I would like to learn more about vertical gardening”

“I’m an experienced gardener but want to learn to do it sustainably.

“I’d like a course where I could look at my own garden as a case study!”

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