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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.

apple pruning

Apple Tree Pruning

February 11, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00
£35

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…

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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…

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poultry keeping course

Free Range Poultry Keeping

April 4, 2020 at 10:30 - 13:00
£40

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…

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cut flowers

Growing Beautiful Cut Flowers

April 8, 2020 at 11:00 - 13:00
£40

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,…

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shade loving hellebore

How to be Cheerful about Shade in the Garden

April 29, 2020 at 11:00 - 13:00
£35

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.…

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Growing More and Better Vegetables

May 6, 2020 at 11:00 - 13:30
£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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Garden design by Tracey Foster

Improve Your Garden through Design

May 13, 2020 at 11:00 - 13:00
£40

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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wildflower meadow

Starting a Wildflower Meadow

June 10, 2020 at 11:00 - 13:00
£40

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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Photographs of previous gardening courses.

Testimonials

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.”