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Events and Workshops 2020

Every year we organise a series of gardening workshops, creative workshops and special events at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. Our main event is our Wildlife Day in June, which is a family event, with plenty of activities and information about the wildlife of the area.

You can see a full list of all our forthcoming workshops further down the page. Alternatively click on the images below to take you to the events you are interested in.


Gardening Courses

Creative Courses

Charity Open Days

How to book

To reserve your place/s on the courses, please select the course you wish to attend and use the Buy Now buttons beside each workshop. Alternatively complete and return the downloadable booking form. 

All courses include entry to the garden plus coffee and biscuits. Materials are provided unless stated and you will leave each workshop with plenty of reference information.

Please note that course fees cannot be refunded if cancelled less than 7 days prior to date of workshop.

apple pruning

Apple Tree Pruning

February 11, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

Apple trees require pruning every year to ensure a good  harvest the following autumn. The best time to prune apple trees is when they are dormant –  between November and early March. In this practical apple tree pruning workshop you will join Vanessa in the orchard here at Stillingfleet Lodge…

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Introduction to vegetables course

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Growing

March 14, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:30
£40 – £70

Aimed at aspiring, beginning and improving vegetable gardeners, this session looks at what vegetables are best to grow in the north of England with emphasis on: designing and planning a productive garden basic techniques for growing common crops rotation how easy and worthwhile particular crops are to grow. We’re delighted…

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poultry keeping course

Free Range Poultry Keeping

April 4, 2020 at 09:30 - 12:00

Visitors to our garden always admire our free range poultry and this free range poultry keeping course gives you a chance to meet our own flock and learn how to care for your own poultry. The chickens, bantams, geese and guinea-fowl that we keep here at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens are…

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cut flowers

Growing Beautiful Cut Flowers

April 8, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

Growing your own cut flowers is a great way to get the most out of your garden – and to bring the best of the garden into your house. In this workshop, led by Mary Swan, you will cover choosing the best varieties to grow, propagation, growing on, feeding, watering,…

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Beginners Photography Course

April 22, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

If you are flummoxed by focus, baffled by buttons, lousy with lenses or frequently disappointed by your photographs, this beginners photography course is for you! Christine Carr LRPS will lead this hands-on course which is aimed at complete novices and people who want to improve their photography. The workshop will cover the basic…

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shade loving hellebore

How to be Cheerful about Shade in the Garden

April 29, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

We will look at plants to grow in east and north facing beds and under trees, as well as how to improve the soil conditions and help the plants to thrive. It can sometimes be difficult to select plants that thrive in those shady places. If you struggle to choose…

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cherry blossom

Make Friends in the Garden

May 1, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

As part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Get Gardening Week we are opening the garden to visitors for free for one morning only. The theme this year is making friends through gardening, so we invite you to come and visit the garden at this beautiful time of the year and…

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Make an Animal Needle Felted Picture

May 5, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00

This full day workshop provides an opportunity to learn the enjoyable skills of needle felting. On the day you will create your own needle felted animal portrait picture under the expert guidance of Pam Chilton. Pam will provide all the equipment and materials you need, plenty of examples, background and…

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Growing More and Better Vegetables

May 6, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:30
£40 – £70

This is a more advanced course, aimed at people who have already been on the beginners course or who are more experienced vegetable gardeners. This session will look at vegetable growing in more detail. As well as covering in detail techniques for growing particular crops it will look at  more…

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malus in blossom

National Garden Scheme

May 10, 2020 at 13:00 - 17:00

Each year we open the garden as part of the National Garden Scheme. Regular admission prices apply. The National Garden Scheme is a registered charity which opens gardens of quality, character and interest to the public. Since 1927 they have raised funds to support nursing and caring charities, and over £25 million…

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Garden design by Tracey Foster

Improve Your Garden through Design

May 13, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

One of Yorkshire’s most renowned garden designers, Tracy Foster will be leading this workshop. Learn about the principles of garden design and how to apply them to your garden. Tips to help you disguise an awkward shaped garden, make a small garden seem bigger, make your plot feel more private…

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wire hen

Make a Wire Hen or Duck

May 14, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00

This full day workshop provides an opportunity to make your own wire hen or duck under the expert guidance of Chris Moss. Perfect for those of you who loved the small wire bird course and now want to make something more ambitious. Early booking recommended. Please bring a packed lunch. For the…

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Intermediate photography course

Improving Your Photography with John Potter

May 21, 2020 at 10:00

This is an intermediate photography course, aimed at people who have some photographic experience but want to improve their knowledge and skill. It is led by renowned landscape and fine art photographer, John Potter B.Ed. (HONS) L.R.P.S. He will give you a grounding in the principles of digital photography and…

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Eco-Print with Confidence

June 8, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00

Join textile artist Jane Hare for a day of printing on paper and fabric using only leaves foraged from the garden and hedgerows. No paint, inks or dyes are used in the printing process because when it comes to colour, nature can be a treasure trove of possibilities. On this…

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wildflower meadow

Starting a Wildflower Meadow

June 10, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

Join Ione Bareau to learn about creating a new wildflower meadow and how to care for it. You will learn the difference between an annual wildflower patch and the much more sustainable perennial meadow. Using our meadow as an example, Ione will share her knowledge and passion for this subject,…

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