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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.


Eco-Print with Confidence

June 8 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 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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willow basket

Make a Willow Basket

June 18 at 10:00 - 16:00

A willow basket is a beautiful item to use in your everyday life, whether in the home or garden. On this full day beginners course Leilah Vyner of Dragon Willow will teach you the techniques of weaving a sturdy and graceful basket out of pliable and colourful English willows. Basketry…

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Annual Wildlife Day

June 28 at 11:00 - 17:00

Join us for a family day out that is full of activities and information for all the family. Find out about the wildlife we have in this garden – and meet some of our wonderful insects and spiders. There will be plenty of experts on hand to give you top…

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art course in the garden

Developing a Garden Sketchbook

July 9 at 10:00 - 16:00

A sketchbook is an ideal way to record the changing seasons in the garden and is a valuable resource for developing artwork. This day course with tutor Peter David Scott, is designed to help students improve their sketching technique and to assist in developing a visual garden journal from their…

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flowers in pastel

Painting the Garden in Pastels

July 20 at 10:00 - 16:30

Painting plein air to capture the delights of the garden using soft pastel. Cath Inglis will give you a short demonstration showing the techniques she uses and the  use of tonal values & colour in pastel to create a wonderful painting of the garden.  This may be a single flower…

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Rheum showing purple foliage

Looking at Foliage as an Asset in the Garden

July 29 at 10:00 - 12:00

See how to make your garden interesting throughout the summer. Discover the plants which give shape and texture from grasses to Hostas and many in-between. We will be talking about plants which are hardy in Yorkshire so nothing tropical! Join Vanessa for a morning spent looking at foliage and learning…

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Small wire bird sculpture

Making a Wire Small Bird

August 1 at 10:00 - 12:30

Chris Moss will be leading these half day sculpture courses where you will learn how to make a wire small bird to take home. These sculptures will be made from galvanised wire, so they will be able to be kept outside without going rusty. Materials and tools will be supplied.…

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making wire birds

Making a Wire Small Bird

August 1 at 13:30 - 16:00

Chris Moss will be leading these half day sculpture courses where you will learn how to make a wire small bird to take home. These sculptures will be made from galvanised wire, so they will be able to be kept outside without going rusty. Materials and tools will be supplied.…

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herbs in the vegetable garden

Growing Fresh Vegetables All Year Round

August 12 at 10:00 - 12:30

Join Tony Chalcraft on this half-day Organic Vegetable Gardening Course where he will show you how to get the most from your vegetable garden, whatever the size, and have fresh vegetables all year round. This course is suitable for anyone who is starting out with an allotment or garden or…

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onions drying

Introduction to Growing Vegetables

September 9 at 10:00 - 12:30

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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make a wire hen course

Wire Sculpture Course

September 10 at 10:00 - 16:00

Chris Moss is back for her second full day course of the summer. We have yet to confirm what the subject of the workshop will be, but the course is likely to sell out, so put it in your diaries now!

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peacock butterfly on inulas

National Garden Scheme

September 13 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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A Tree for All Seasons

September 16 at 10:00 - 12:00
£28 – £35

Choosing a tree to give you maximum interest, from flowers in the spring to berries and autumn colour, making sure the size and shape is ideal for the space. Small trees are an important feature of any garden and yet are frequently over looked. In this course, Vanessa aims to…

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Make a 3D Animal Needle Felted Sculpture

September 21 at 10:00 - 16:00

This full day workshop provides a great introduction to needle felting a 3D sculpture. On the day Pam will provide all the equipment, materials and tuition that you need to create your own wonderful animal sculpture to take home. With plenty of examples to inspire you, and lots of choice…

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