Course info 2019-20

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Choose a course then get in touch to make a booking or for more information. Alternatively, if looking for someone else you could always get them a gift voucher.

All of our courses and workshops include refreshments and homemade biscuits or cake.


Courses with some availability in Oct - Dec 2019:

Pruning Shrubs & Roses 24th Oct

Renovation Pruning 1st Nov

Basic Bricklaying 2nd Nov

What Needs Doing Now 9th Nov

Care of Fruit Trees 12th Nov

Planting Trees, Shrubs & Hedges 14th Nov

Developing An Annual Maintenance Plan 15th Nov

Plants for the Menopause 16th Nov

Plants for Free: Propagation & Seed Saving 21st Nov

Floristry Workshop 4, Tablescapes 26th Nov

Floristry Workshop 5, Christmas Wreaths 3rd Dec

Floristry Workshop 6, Christmas Table 

Christmas Wreath Workshops 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th Dec

See below for more details and get in touch to book your place


COURSE PROGRAMME 2019-20


DESIGN
Introduction to Garden Design 

8 week course once a week £400

The course gives a basic foundation in the art of garden design, from site survey to final plan. You'll be able to work on your own garden design if you would like to. We will look at the principles and processes involved, and discuss how great design is not about being artistic. We will visit an inspiring private garden, look at the key importance of right plant, right place. We will create planting plans using many different resources. It will be a collaborative process, with as much input as you want from the tutors. 

12th September for 8 weeks on Thursdays 10-3

16th January for 8 weeks on Thursdays 10-3

23rd April for 8 weeks on Thursdays 10-3

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PLANTS

Planting Pots and Containers

1 day course £70 (includes plants, bulbs, growing medium, bring pots or buy on the day)

This looks at different styles of container and different approaches to planting them for the coming months. You can bring containers with you to plant up, or there will be some available to purchase. Plants, bulbs and growing medium are included. Spring/summer and autumn/winter course available.

1st May 10-3

18th September 10-3 

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The Cutting Garden

1 day course £60

This course is taught by leading local cut flower grower, Sarah Hammond, and covers the planning and establishment of a cutting garden, however small or large your space.

4th February 10-3

21st April 10-3

15th September 10-3

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Dahlia Workshops

Workshop A, 3 hour workshop £40

This first workshop will look at how to propagate, grow and get the best from these beautiful plants. This will include overwintering, planting, cultivating and protecting from pests. Sarah will look at the cultivars which are most suitable for cut flowers.

26th March 10-1

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Workshop B, 3 hour workshop £55 (takes place at Sarah’s farm in Knapton and includes flowers)

A follow up workshop where we will explore cutting, conditioning and arranging dahlias. You will make an arrangement to take home with you. These workshops can be booked separately.

7th July 10-1

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Peony Masterclass

1 day course £75 (inc flowers)

This will take place at Sarah Hammond’s farm in Knapton where she grows her famous peonies. The workshop will cover how to propagate and grow peonies as well as how to harvest, condition and arrange them. 

The day will include a visit to the peony field and you will make a hand-tied bouquet to take home using peonies and other flowers from the cutting garden.

9th June 10-3

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Planting for Pollinators (inc Wildflower Meadow)

1 day course £60

How do you attract more insects, small mammals and birds into your garden and how do you keep bees and other pollinators happy? We will look at how to garden and what to plant in order to attract wildlife. We will make some habitats for different creatures and look specifically at wild flower meadows.

31st May 10-3

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Planting For Year Round Colour

1 day course £60

We will look at how to plant for year round colour (including in winter), using shrub stems, a range of leaf colours, bulbs. perennials and annuals. The course will also cover techniques to extend summer flowering. There will always be a high and a low season in the garden but you really can plan and plant to maximise year round colour. 

20th March 10-3

25th September 10-3

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Gardening For A Changing Climate

1 day course £60

Many of us are finding that plants which we used to be able to grow just don’t survive any more. A hot summer like 2018 killed off perennials and even trees which had been flourishing for years, and even though 2019 wasn’t as hot as the year before it was certainly a fairly dry summer. We need to begin to change our planting to cope with changing average rainfall and temperatures. In this course we will look at how to plant a ‘drought’ garden, a gravel garden such as Beth Chatto’s famous example and a rain garden. We will also look at how pests and diseases are evolving with the change in climate, and how we need to garden accordingly.

19th May 10-3

13th October 10-3

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What Needs Doing Now

1 day course £60 (see below)

This course looks at what is happening in the garden over the next few weeks. Whether you are new to gardening or looking for inspiration to make changes in your garden this year, you will go away with top tips for gardening in the coming weeks and you will learn:

In March: about what needs doing in this important season and how to do it. We will look at maintenance jobs, seeds that can be sown, plants which need pruning, perennials which can be divided and moved. 

In May: about what needs doing in June and July in particular, and how to do it. We will look at maintenance jobs, seeds that can be sown, how to keep plants thriving and flowering through the summer. 

In September: about what needs doing in September and October, and how to do it. We will look at maintenance jobs, seeds that can be collected and sown, how to keep plants flourishing longer, what jobs can be done now to prepare for your spring garden.

In November: about what needs doing over the winter months, and how to do it. We will look at maintenance jobs, seeds that can be sown, shrubs and trees which can be planted, how to overwinter tender plants, which plants can be moved and divided now, what jobs can be done now to prepare for your spring garden. 

9th November 2019 10-3 £55

14th March 10-3

5th May 10-3

8th September 10-3

7th November 10-3

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Border Renovation

1 day course £60 (see below)

You may have taken on a new garden or have a mature border which needs some attention. We will look at how to lift and divide perennials, prune and renovate shrubs, refresh the planting plan and increase the season of interest. We will look at how using colour, height and shape, as well as successional planting can provide year round interest.  We will also talk about improving the soil structure with a range of organic mulches. 

18th October 2019 10-3, £55

7th February 10-3 

16th October 10-3 

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Plants For Free – Propagation and Seed Saving

1 day course £60 (see below)

This course shows you how to propagate many of your favourite plants and shrubs and create new plants for free. We will also look at seed saving and storage. Expect to leave the course with a small collection of propagated plants and some envelopes of seeds.

21st November 2019 2019 10-3 £55

29th September 10-3

17th November 10-3

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Gardening Under Glass

1 day course £60

Do you have a greenhouse but hardly use it? Would you like to get one? The things you can grow under glass are endless. Flowers, tropical plants, vines, vegetables. You can have things growing and looking good all year round if you’d like to. This course will look at all the options and cover the key tips for what to grow and how best to use your greenhouse, including watching out for potential pests and diseases. 

6th March 10-3

26th June 10-3

6th October 10-3

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Care of Fruit Trees

1 day course £60 (see below)

This course will cover everything from selecting fruit trees to planting and staking them, and from training fruit trees (espalier, cordon, pleached) to annual pruning and protection from pests and diseases. We have examples of plum, apple and pear trees trained on the walls of the Walled Garden which we will look at, as well as the original orchard on the estate. 

12th November 2019 10-3 £55

11th February 10-3

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Planting Trees, Shrubs & Hedges

1 day course £60 (see below) 

This is the best time of year to plant new trees, shrubs and hedges. The key to establishing them successfully is planting correctly. We will look at planting methods, support, protection and irrigation. The day includes tree planting practice.

14th November 2019 10-3 £55

15th November 10-3

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Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

1 day course £60

This course provides you with the knowledge to be able to identify a hazardous tree, determine the level of risk and then decide on an appropriate course of action. It will enable you to assess possible tree concerns by following recognised diagnostic practices and have a basic understanding of the the legal framework relating to trees. It is aimed at a wide group of people who have a interest maintaining health and safety around trees; you could be a tree owner, a voluntary parish tree warden or an employee who has responsibility for trees in the course of their work. Those completing the course will have a good understanding of when further professional advice/action is required. There will be a practical element to the course, carrying out inspections on a variety of mature and younger trees. This is not a LANTRA certificated course, but let us know if you are interested in us running one.

9th October 10-3

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Lawn Care and Maintenance

1 day course £60

This course will show you how to care for your lawn, whether it is a hard working family lawn or a pristine ornamental lawn. We will look at the right equipment for the job, at the best seed mixes for the lawn you want, weed control, common diseases, lawn repair and the lawn care calendar.

14th February 10-3

24th April 10-3 

22nd September 10-3

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Developing An Annual Maintenance Plan

1 day course £60 (see below)

Whether you look after your garden yourself or have some help it is really useful to create your own maintenance plan to make sure you know what needs doing each month. There are things which need doing at particular times of year, but much of the plan will be specific to your own garden. We will cover the whole gardening year and how to make sure you do all of the key jobs at the right time. This is a useful exercise for any gardener, including professional gardeners who can use this to create a work plan for each garden they look after. We run this course after every Introduction to Garden Design as it is a good follow up, but anyone is welcome to join.

15th November 2019 10-3 £55

19th March 10-3

25th June 10-3

19th November 10-3

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Creating A Green Wall

1 day course £60

If you would like a herb garden outside your back door but don’t have the space, or if you would like some vertical greenery on your patio or even on a balcony this could be your solution. We will create a green wall using a pallet and two different ways of planting. We will also show you how to incorporate irrigation to minimise maintenance of this mini garden. Come and get creative.

12th May 10-3

9th July 10-3

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VEGETABLES AND COMPOSTING

Introduction to Veg Growing

1 day course £60

If you are new to growing edibles this covers all you need to know about designing and establishing a vegetable garden, whether you have taken on an allotment or are wanting to start growing your own vegetables at home (including in a greenhouse). We will cover crop rotation and successional sowing to ensure you eat your own vegetables for most of the year.

31st January 10-3

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Composting Made Simple

1 day course £60

This looks at why and how to compost. We’ll cover all the different ways to compost including wormeries, what you can compost and how you can use your wonderful compost to improve your garden. We will also design and build a compost box.

17th April 10-3

11th September 10-3

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PRUNING 

Pruning Shrubs and Roses

1 day course £60 (see below)

This is an introduction to the different pruning methods required for a range of shrubs including roses. We will also do a practical session where we will use various tools and methods to carry out seasonal pruning. 

24th October 10-3 2019 £55

25th Feb

 10-3

22nd May 10-3

2nd Oct 10-3

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Renovation Pruning

1 day course £60 (see below)

This is an introduction to pruning covering theory and with a practical session on renovating fruit trees in February, and other shrubs in April. This will cover how to restore overgrown shrubs, when to prune fruit trees and bushes, when to prune evergreen and deciduous shrubs.

1st November 2019 10-3 £55

28th January 10-3

6th November 10-3

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FLORISTRY AND CRAFTS

Sarah Hammond teaches our floristry and wreath making workshops as well as our cutting garden courses (see above for these and our Dahlia and Peony workshops). She runs English Peonies, a very successful local cut flower and floristry business. Her hand tied bouquets are available at various local outlets, farmers markets and direct from the farm. Sarah also arranges flowers for events, weddings, funerals, private clients and local businesses. She grows her flowers and peonies on her family farm in North Norfolk and uses no foam at all in her arrangements. 

 

Floristry workshop series 

This 6 week workshop series runs between September and December 2019 (there will be new dates for spring, summer and autumn 2020 tbc) and will include all of the key elements of home floristry including seasonal arrangements for Christmas. You will learn how to create your own stunning, unique arrangements for you own home and for friends. Priority will be given to those booking all 6 workshops, but individual workshops may be booked subject to availability. 

17th Sept: Cutting and conditioning flowers, hand tied bouquet

24th Sept: Foam free arrangements: using containers, flower frogs, taping to create an individual arrangement

1st Oct: Large urn arrangement

26th Nov: Tablescapes - using small containers 

3rd Dec: Christmas wreaths from scratch (no foam)

10th Dec: Christmas table decorations and garlands

Each workshop runs from 10-1 and costs £55 including all flowers and materials (or £300 for all six weeks). 

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Christmas wreath workshops 2019

Sarah Hammond will show you how to make your own gorgeous festive wreath from scratch using locally gathered seasonal foliage and berries as well as moss (and no foam at all). We will start the morning with coffee and mince pies to get you in the mood and finish with a festive glass of fizz or mulled wine. Classes are small and if you book early you may be able to arrange a private workshop for you and your friends. Prices include all materials and refreshments.

5th December 9.30-12.30, £55 

6th December 9.30-12.30, £55 

12th December 9.30-12.30, £55 

13th December 9.30-12.30, £55

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WELLBEING

Plants for Menopause

4 hour workshop including refreshments and a delicious homemade lunch £55  

Menopause may creep up on you or hit you like a train. You may have the same symptoms as family members or friends, or they may be completely different. You may sail through it or feel like you have completely lost control of your life and body. You can be sure that there are others out there experiencing something similar and we believe that plants (and gardening) can really help. This is a new workshop for all women going through the menopause, whatever stage they are at. 

We will look at herbs which can alleviate symptoms and how to grow, harvest and use them. We will make infusions, decoctions and tinctures for you to take home. We will provide delicious homemade refreshments and lunch. Come and join us at this friendly workshop in the lovely setting of Ketteringham Hall near Norwich, and find out how you can help yourself as you go through this challenging stage of life. 

16th November 2019 10-2

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HARD LANDSCAPING Workshop Series

1 day course £60 (£55 in 2019); contact us for more info and for dates

1. Basic slab laying

This course will teach the basics of the patio laying process from measuring up and quantifying through excavation and levelling to slab laying to a fall and final pointing up. Aimed at gardeners who want to add construction techniques to their repertoire. 


2. Basic bricklaying

The course will include: 

Tools, equipment and materials - what to use and why; quantifying materials; foundation types; setting out correctly;  mortar mixes; building a brick corner.  

2nd November 2019 10-3


3. Foundations

This will enable students to lay simple strip and raft foundations for garden walls and shed bases. The course will include measuring up, quantifying materials, marking out, shuttering, mixing concrete to correct ratios, pouring and screeding concrete.

 

4. Erecting fencing panels

 

5. Creating a small wildlife pond

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