Gardening Courses

Throughout the year we run practical gardening courses at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. Our gardening workshops include hands-on courses such as apple tree pruning as well as workshops dealing with garden design. In keeping with the ethos of our garden they tend to look at ways to garden that encourages wildlife. These workshops are either led by garden owner, Vanessa Cook, or by visiting experts.

We also hold a variety of more creative arts and crafts courses using the garden as inspiration.

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

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

To reserve your place/s please click on the event and use the Book Now buttons beside each workshop. Alternatively complete and return the downloadable booking form. 

Learning about gardening

We would recommend early booking as many courses sell out quickly.

wildflower meadow

CANCELLED 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…

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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…

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Growing More and Better Vegetables

August 1 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Tomatoes and Other Tips for Greenhouse or Polytunnel Growing

September 23 at 10:00 - 12:30

Join Tony Chalcraft for a look at how to get the best out of greenhouse, polytunnel or other protected growing space all through the year. As well as focusing on commonly grown crops such as tomatoes, this course will look at more unusual greenhouse fruit…

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Garden design by Tracey Foster

Improve Your Garden through Design

September 30 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…

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Photographs of previous gardening courses.


Today I have had a thoroughly enjoyable morning on Vanessa’s Apple Pruning Course.    As very much an “amateur” I confess to feeling a little apprehensive but I soon felt  relaxed   in the lovely friendly atmosphere and feel I have gained so much from the hands  on experience. Much better doing it rather than simply reading how to do it!"

Sue Dalton

"Thank you so much for your time and expertise on Tuesday morning. The workshop was not only informative, but also enjoyable – not least because of the beautiful early spring-like weather. The hands-on experience certainly gave me much more confidence to attack my ageing trees. I was surprised to find very few buds when I got home, but my garden is much more exposed so I suppose I should wait patiently before I get the secateurs out."

Derek Jones

“I can highly recommend this course about growing vegetables organically, it answered all the queries I had thought of, including those I hadn’t! I came away knowing exactly to how set out my garden and with specific advice about what would grow at its latitude and elevation. After the course I spent a happy couple of hours looking around Stillingfleet Lodge gardens and came away with three plants from the nursery.”