Past events

Many of these events are run every year – if you’re interested please contact us

December, 2018

Starting Friday 30 November 2018

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door – such a great way to kick off your festive season! Limited spaces now available on these very popular workshops. See below. 

Five sessions are available:

Friday 30 Nov – 3pm to 5.30pm BOOK ONLINE Friday…

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November, 2018

Monday 26 November 2018

Festive Card-Making Workshop

Working with renowned Brighton-based artist Kate Osborne, create images for festive cards using print and watercolour painting techniques.

This will be a fun and creative workshop with a small group, allowing Kate time for helpful and inspirational guidance – if you have been to one of Kate’s workshops before you’ll …

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Saturday 24 November 2018

Rose Growing Made Easy

We look forward to welcoming back to The Garden House rose expert Simon White of award winning Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk.  Simon is very knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic about roses, so this workshop will be invaluable for anyone thinking about growing roses, or how to look after the ones …

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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Creating Better Planting Plans

Right plant, right place! We are delighted to again invite Annie Guilfoyle to the Garden House.  An inspirational garden designer, and an experienced tutor (Annie was formerly director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design at Hampton Court Palace), she also runs gardening-related courses at West Dean College near …

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Wednesday 7 November 2018

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

We are delighted to welcome textile artist Jane Browne to the Garden House.

Materials will be provided, and at the end of the day you will take home your weaving on a frame plus a small bag of yarns of your choosing, and two bobbins and dowelling to finish.

The …

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October, 2018

Monday 29 October 2018

Botanical illustration, Autumn Fruits Workshop

A botanical illustration workshop suitable for all abilities.  Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Make the most of the array of autumn colour before the onset of winter. Enjoy creating a seasonal painting of colourful fruits …

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September, 2018

Friday 28 September 2018

Come to our MacMillan Coffee Morning!

Visit the Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s fundraising event for people facing cancer. All over the UK people will be hosting their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone MacMillan raised £29.5 million and this year they …

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Starting Thursday 27 September 2018

Flowers, Foliage, Form, Function, Fashion and Fun!

For all lovers of plants we bring you an exciting new 6-session course at the Garden House, focusing on 6 F’s – Flowers, Foliage, Form, Function, Fashion and Fun! – offering a different perspective to courses we have held in the past.

It is our hope by the end of …

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Starts Thursday 27 Sept 2018

Botany for Gardeners: 4-session course

Four-week course of practical studies comprising 4x 3hour sessions. It will involve an introduction to some simple microscopic and biochemical techniques to investigate the structure of plants and to relate this to the way in which plants work. No previous knowledge of microscopy is necessary. We will use local materials …

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September, 2018

Starting Wednesday 26 Sept 2018

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

SORRY, BUT THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will be able to draw up a …

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Thursday 13 September 2018

Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

“I loved the course, learnt more than expected and …

Find out more >

July, 2018

Thursday 12 July 2018

Garden Design Workshop with Annie Guilfoyle

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL! We are delighted to again invite Annie Guilfoyle to the Garden House.  An inspirational garden designer, and an experienced tutor (Annie was formerly director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design at Hampton Court Palace), she also runs gardening-related courses at West Dean …

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June, 2018

Thursday 28 June 2018

Houseplants and Macramé Hangers

Spend a morning at the Garden House learning about houseplants, then enjoy an afternoon creating a macramé plant hanger – workshop led by designer and stylist, Paula, of Brighton-based Cocoon & me.

Paula uses macramé, crochet and knitting to produce a range of original hand-made fashion accessories and stunning pieces …

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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Garden House trip to Dorset & Somerset

We are delighted to have finalised our summer trip to Dorset and Somerset and hope you can join us for another Garden House adventure! As always our focus is on the most fabulous gardens, together with great food and good company. We are leaving in the morning by coach, (using …

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Wednesday 6 June 2018

Day visit to Highgrove, Prince Charles’ renowned garden in Tetbury, Gloucs.

SORRY, THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.  Join our early summer visit to Highgrove, Prince Charles’ organically managed and truly inspirational garden in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. We have booked on the Champagne Tea Tour making our day an even more indulgent treat!

The day of our trip is Wednesday, 6 June: …

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Saturday 2 June 2018

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair

Wonderful opportunity to view a variety of specialist plant stalls, selling all manner of vegetable seedlings, Dahlias, succulents, herbaceous perennials as well as trees and shrubs.

Plus, we will be serving delicious food, homemade and cooked in our outdoor clay oven!

Date: Saturday 2 June, 11am to 5pm – come …

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May, 2018

Starts 5 May 2018

Visit us: Artists Open Houses, every weekend in May

A warm welcome awaits you in a beautiful garden setting with a cornucopia of talent and (arguably) the best cake in Brighton!  Twice a year artists and makers open their homes and studios, offering art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artists and makers. …

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Thursday 17 May 2018

Garden Design Workshop with Annie Guilfoyle

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. We are delighted to again invite Annie Guilfoyle to the Garden House.  An inspirational garden designer, and an experienced tutor (Annie was formerly director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design at Hampton Court Palace), she also runs gardening-related courses at West …

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April, 2018

Saturday 21 April 2018

National Garden Scheme Open Weekend

OPEN: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, 11.30am – 4pm

April is tulip time at The Garden House, we will have displays of many types of tulip in the borders and in containers – a riot of colour!

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city …

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Starting 19 April 2018

Plant Passion – the Sequel: 6-session course

By popular demand we have designed a six-session course for those of you passionate about plants!

Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturalist wanting to increase your plant knowledge and skills – or maybe you attended one of our earlier Plantpersonship courses or Passion for Plants course but still …

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March, 2018

Thursday 15 March 2018

Plant Staking Workshop

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Staking your plants takes practice and skill – two gardeners who’ve worked at Nymans and now work in Parham’s beautiful Walled Garden are coming to the Garden House to demonstrate staking.

Course participants will also make a plant support to take home on …

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Friday 2 March 2018

National Garden Scheme Open Day

OPEN: Friday 2 March, 12 – 4pm

Early spring opening to give you the opportunity to consider the winter/early spring garden, taking note of the bare structural forms that make up the garden.

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret …

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February, 2018

Friday 23 February 2018

Evening Event: wines of Portugal and Madeira

Join our latest wine-tasting workshop with expert Henry Butler of local wine merchant The Butler’s Wine Cellar.

We’ll be working our way through a selection of fine wines – wines that Henry recommends from Portugal and Madeira. If you love wine, but perhaps are not too confident on how to …

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January, 2018

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Further Steps in Gardening: 6-session course

An ideal follow-on from our Gardening from Scratch course (if you recently finished it), plus a great course for those of you who know a little about gardening and wish to know more!

We will be looking at choosing trees suitable for a small garden, more about pruning, pest and …

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Thursday 18 January 2018

Plantspersonship: 8-session course

Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturalist wanting to increase your knowledge and skills? 

This 8-session course is ideal for plant enthusiasts – the aim of the course is to encourage expertise and is designed to improve your plant knowledge by looking closely at plants, how they grow and …

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Celebration of the Seasons

To all lovers of gardens, plants, food and drink, and traditional crafts, we invite you to join us to celebrate the seasons in our monthly daytime meetings. 

In our hectic and fast world our aim is to bring some calm, and real appreciation of the changes in the seasons in …

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December, 2017

Friday 8 December 2017

Traditional Festive Fayre at the Garden House!

Join us here at the Garden House on Friday 08 December for mulled cider, stollen and carol singing (at 6.00), as well as classy presents from local makers and craftspeople.

Open from 3.00 – 7.00 pm Do come …

Remember you can buy GARDEN HOUSE gift vouchers for workshops, courses …

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Starts Friday 1 December 2017

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door. This is such a great way to kick off your festive season! Limited spaces now available on these very popular workshops. See below. 

Please click on links below to pay, or contact us.

Five sessions are …

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October, 2017

Starting 15 October 2017

Garden House visit to Japan

We visited this beautiful and unique country back in October 2016 with 25 fellow travellers and had such a marvellous time that we really wanted to return.

So we are going again – 15 October to 29 October 2017!  CLICK HERE to see our report “Japan: the Trip of a …

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Starting Wednesday 04 October 2017

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 4-session course

A botanical illustration course suitable for improvers, those with a little experience who wish to develop their further. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises …

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September, 2017

Friday 29 September 2017

Come to our MacMillan Coffee Morning!

Visit the Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s fundraising event for people facing cancer. All over the UK people will be hosting their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone MacMillan raised £29.5 million and this year they …

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Starts Thursday 28 September 2017

Plant Passion: 8-session course

Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturalist wanting to increase your plant knowledge and skills – or maybe you attended one of our earlier Plantsmanship courses but still want to know more?

This 8-session course is ideal for all plant enthusiasts – the aim being to further your knowledge …

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Starts Wednesday 27 September 2017

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will be able to draw up a scale plan, with at least one planting …

Find out more >

Friday 22 September 2017

Evening talk: Mushroom Magic

Join us for a light supper and an entertaining illustrated talk on all things fungal by Brighton-based wild mushroom expert Geoff Dann, and sample some of the more unusual and exotic species of edible wild mushrooms that can be found in Sussex (as well as other more well-known ones).

Geoff …

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Starts Wednesday 13 September 2017

Gardening from Scratch: 8-session course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL!  Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

“I loved the …

Find out more >

July, 2017

Sunday 23 July 2017

The Garden House Charity Day & Auction!

Every summer the Garden House holds a fantastic and fun event to fund-raise for a local charity, Saturday Circle.

Do come along and visit the garden on Sunday 23 July, have a great day out, and bring your friends to support a local charity.

As usual, we will have an …

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Tuesday 11 July 2017

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Join us each month to celebrate the season, and enjoy a taste of the ‘good life’ in the city by bringing the joy of home grown produce and seasonal activities into our busy lives!

Rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how …

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June, 2017

Monday 14 June 2017

Garden House Visit to Norfolk

Join our summer trip to visit the wonderful gardens and nurseries of Norfolk (and Essex):

Wednesday 14 June – travel to Norfolk by coach – stopping at Wyken garden and vineyards in Suffolk wykenvineyards.co.uk Thursday 15 June – visit East Ruston Old Vicarage and the Plantation Garden in Norwich eastrustonoldvicarage.co.uk  …

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Starting Tuesday 13 June 2017

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 4-session course

A botanical illustration course suitable for improvers who have completed Leigh Ann’s beginners course at the Garden House in Feb/March,  or have some experience of botanical watercolour illustration.

Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale. The focus …

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Thursday 8 June 2017

Day Trip to Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

The renowned nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants is a small family run independent nursery based in Hampshire, which grows a wide range of home produced herbaceous perennials grown outdoors in peat free compost.

Founded by Rose Hardy in 1988, Rose and Rob Hardy are long time exhibitors at Chelsea Flower …

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Saturday 3 June 2017

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair

Wonderful opportunity to view a variety of specialist plant stalls, selling all manner of vegetable seedlings, Dahlias, succulents, herbaceous perennials as well as trees and shrubs.

Plus, we will be serving delicious food, homemade and cooked in our outdoor clay oven!

Date: Saturday 3 June, 11am to 5pm – come …

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May, 2017

Thursday 18 May 2017

Afternoon Tea – Brighton Oasis Project and The Garden House

Do join the Brighton Oasis Project and The Garden House for afternoon tea on Thursday 18th May, 2-4pm – a great opportunity to support a local cause and enjoy a beautiful garden!

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Starts Wednesday 17 May 2017

Improve Your Gardening Skills: 4-Session Course

This 4-session course will enable you to consolidate your learning from our Beginner Gardening Courses, or add to your horticultural knowledge.

Each week you will learn both the theory and practical skills needed to take cuttings, plant a container, manage a cut flower or vegetable patch and learn how to …

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Wednesday 03 May 2017

Mindfulness Practice in the Garden

Join us at the Garden House for a mindfulness practice workshop. This one-off class will be suitable both for people new to mindfulness and those with any level of experience – either way, come and expand your practice in our beautiful garden.

Jiva Masheder is a highly qualified and experienced …

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Starting Tuesday 2 May 2017

History of Gardens and Plants: 4-session course

Explore the history of gardens and plants with expert Pat Dauncey. Pat will be looking at plant introductions as well as the garden styles and features of different periods – medieval and tudor, 17th/18th centuries, the Victorian era, and 20th/21st century developments.

This will be a fun and interactive course, …

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April, 2017

Saturday 29 April 2017

National Garden Scheme Open Day

OPEN WEEKEND – 11am to 4pm on 29 & 30 April!

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret garden – in Victorian times a working market garden. The garden is organic and gives interest all year round, supporting cut flowers, …

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March, 2017

Thursday 16 March 2017

Plant Staking Workshop

Staking your plants takes practice and skill – two gardeners who’ve worked at Nymans and now work in Parham’s beautiful Walled Garden are coming to the Garden House to demonstrate staking.

Course participants will also make a plant support to take home on the day.

Cost: £50 – to include …

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Starting 14 March 2017

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Join us each month to celebrate the season, and enjoy a taste of the ‘good life’ in the city by bringing the joy of home grown produce and seasonal activities into our busy lives!

Rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how …

Find out more >

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Afternoon Talk: Creating Wild Flower Areas

Colin Reader of East Sussex based ‘Wild Flower Lawns and Meadows’ has been advising on and creating wild flower lawns and meadows since 1999. His clients have included BBC Countryfile, the South Downs National Park and Kew Gardens.

Colin will guide you through the different ways you can create beautiful …

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February, 2017

Saturday 25 February 2017

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL!  Visit a beautiful community orchard near Ringmer to learn the principles of pruning apples and pears with Peter May, an expert in fruit production, cultivation and pruning.

Peter will demonstrate a variety of apple-pruning techniques and then participants will be able to have a …

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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Winter Garden Visit to RHS Wisley

We’re already looking forward to our early spring Garden House visit to the wonderful gardens at RHS Wisley

We have organised a tour with Linda Dolan, a Garden House friend and Wisley guide, who will take us round the Winter Garden and point out the highlights.

Enjoy the beautiful winter …

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Friday 10 February

Make a Box of Valentine’s Day Chocs!

Are you as passionate about having fun whilst you learn as we are? Do you not only like to learn something new but really love chocolate? Well, we’ve invited chocolate expert Jo Clayton to show us how, and injecting some much needed fun and informality to the learning experience. Jo …

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Starting 7 February 2017

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Join us each month to celebrate the season, and enjoy a taste of the ‘good life’ in the city by bringing the joy of home grown produce and seasonal activities into our busy lives!

Rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how …

Find out more >

Thursday 02 February 2017

Plantsmanship: 8-session course

Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturalist wanting to increase your knowledge and skills? 

This 8-session course is ideal for plant enthusiasts – the aim of the course is to encourage expertise and is designed to improve your plant knowledge by looking closely at plants, how they grow and …

Find out more >

January, 2017

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will be able to draw up a scale plan, with at least one planting …

Find out more >

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Gardening from Scratch: 8-session course

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

“I loved the course, learnt more than expected and …

Find out more >

December, 2016

Thursday 15 December 2016

Celebrate the Festive Season at The Garden House!

The Garden House is holding a festive celebration – come and share in some delicious food and drink, plus browse our stalls selling garden paraphernalia and other original stuff, including plants and bulbs!

Entrance is free and our wonderful Garden Room will be looking suitably festive.  There’ll be mulled wine …

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Friday 2 December 2016

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Join one of our hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops – four sessions: two on Friday 2 Dec, then Saturday 3 Dec and Sunday 4 December.

Create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door. This is such a great way to kick off your festive …

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November, 2016

Monday 14 November 2016

Creative Paper Cutting Workshop

We are delighted to welcome Christine Green from Crafting at the Cottage to the Garden House. Christine’s recent appearance on the BBC’s Make! Craft Britain programme, enthusing about and teaching creative paper cutting to a class of novices, has put paper cutting right in the middle of crafting spotlight.  http://christinegreencrafts.co.uk…

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Tuesday 8 November 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us each month to celebrate the season.

Rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how to make the …

Find out more >

Friday 4 November 2016

Evening talk: Mushroom Magic

Join us for a light supper and an entertaining illustrated talk on all things fungal by Brighton-based wild mushroom expert Geoff Dann, and sample some of the more unusual and exotic species of edible wild mushrooms that can be found in Sussex (as well as other more well-known ones).

Geoff …

Find out more >

October, 2016

Sunday 20 October 2016

Garden House Visit to Japan

SORRY, THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED! Join us for our Garden House visit to beautiful and extraordinary Japan! From Tokyo to Kyoto, this exclusive tour will include visits to some stunning gardens to see the Japanese maples (in their red and gold splendour!), and cultural experiences such a How …

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Tuesday 18 October 2016

Autumn Highlights, Botanical Illustration Workshop

Botanical illustration workshop suitable for beginners and improvers – looking closely at pumpkins, squashes and gourds, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

If you don’t have any art equipment, Leigh Ann is able to provide pencils and paper for drawing and painting …

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us each month to celebrate the season.

Rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how to make the …

Find out more >

Friday 7 October 2016

Afternoon Talk: Seasonal Herbaceous Perennials

Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by Rose Hardy of the renowned nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Not only will Rose be talking about choosing the best seasonal herbaceous perennials, she will bring lots of great plants for you to buy.

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants …

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September, 2016

Friday 30 September 2016

Come to our MacMillan Coffee Morning!

Visit the Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual fundraising event, where all the money raised will help MacMillan make sure no one has to face cancer alone. Last year alone MacMillan raised £25 million and this year they are aiming to raise even …

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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Gardening from Scratch: 8-session course

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

“I loved the course, learnt more than expected and …

Find out more >

Starts 28 September 2016

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will be able to draw up a scale plan, with at least one planting …

Find out more >

September, 2016

Tuesday 27 September 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us each month to celebrate the season.

Rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how to make the …

Find out more >

Saturday 24 September 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: Venezuelan BBQ and Rum Tasting

Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) has decided to take a little break from her usual wine-tasting events (having realised there is more to the world than just wine…shocking!) and do something slightly different.

Join Radka for an exclusive evening BBQ dinner at the beautiful Garden …

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Saturday 24 September 2016

Garden House visit to Dahlia Specialist

Join us for our Garden House visit to Withypitts Nursery in Turners Hill, West Sussex – specialists in growing and showing top quality, specimen Dahlias.

We will be shown around by Richard Ramsey, Member of the National Dahlia Society, and who says of himself: “Dahlias are in the blood!” The …

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Saturday 24 September 2016

Getting to Grips with Social Media

Do you feel that you’re missing out on the social media revolution? Are you frightened by Facebook? Troubled by Twitter? Harassed about hashtags? Do you want to be able to keep up with family and friends online but not sure where to start?

This intensive one day workshop will give …

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September, 2016

Friday 23 September 2016

Afternoon Talk: Charles Dowding’s ‘No Dig’ Methods

Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by renowned author and gardener Charles Dowding of ‘no dig’ fame.

Charles will tell us how to manage our gardens by doing less weeding, less watering and still getting great harvests by adopting a ‘no dig’ approach. Also…

The…

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Starting Thursday 22 September 2016

Plantsmanship: 8-session course

A course designed to improve your plant knowledge, enabling you to have time to look closely at plants, how they grow and where they thrive

Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturalist wanting to increase your knowledge and skills?  This 8-session course will enable you to look in detail …

Find out more >

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Mindfulness Practice in the Garden

Join us at the Garden House for a mindfulness practice workshop. This one-off class will be suitable both for people new to mindfulness and those with any level of experience – either way, come and expand your practice in our beautiful garden.

Jiva Masheder is a highly qualified and experienced …

Find out more >

August, 2016

Saturday 20 August 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: Israel and Lebanon

Take your taste buds on holiday to the exciting region of Eastern Mediterranean and explore two of its best wineries – Chateau Musar in Lebanon and Clos de Gat in Israel. Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday), has been working with both producers for several years …

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Saturday 13 August 2016

The Poetry of Plants and Gardens

Plants and gardens have stimulated the poetic imagination for centuries. In this summer workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of poems on horticultural themes, as well as sowing the seeds of some new poems of your own. Through a mix of reading, discussion and writing exercises, …

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Thursday 11 August 2016

Afternoon Talk: Ornamental Grasses

Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by Neil Lucas of the renowned ornamental grass specialist Knoll Gardens.

Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by Neil Lucas of the renowned ornamental grass specialist Knoll Gardens.

Knoll Gardens is a 4 acre …

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Tuesday 9 August 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this 3-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the …

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July, 2016

Saturday 30 July 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: New Zealand

Join us for an exclusive evening with wine and food at the beautiful Garden House. Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) will take you on a little trip with sommelier Eddy, who is very French and pretty much only liked French wines until…he moved to New …

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Friday 29 July 2016

Tasting My Future: a special ‘Supper in the Garden’!

The Garden House invites you to join us for a very special ‘supper in the garden’ – a delicious meal of Ethiopian and Kurdistan dishes cooked by four women who came to Brighton as refugees only a few years ago – and who happen to be great cooks!

The film …

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Wednesday 27 July 2016

Afternoon Talk: Natural Beekeeping

We’re delighted to welcome Heidi Herrmann, a trustee of The Natural Beekeeping Trust, to talk about sustainable beekeeping, determined by the essential needs of the bee.

The Natural Beekeeping Trust was formed in 2009 in response to the need for an alternative approach to the care of bees. Their aim …

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Sunday 17 July 2016

The Garden House Charity Day & Auction!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 17th July. Every summer the Garden House holds a fantastic and fun event to fund-raise for charity.

Do come along and visit the garden, and bring your friends to support this really important local charity. As usual, we will have an amazing auction (starts 3pm), all …

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Tuesday 12 July 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: monthly session

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this 3-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the …

Find out more >

Starts Monday 11 July 2016

Make a Mosaic for House or Garden: 3-session course

Have you been saving broken china bits and pieces ready for the day that you’ll start that mosaic masterpiece? Why not bring them along to the garden house and be inspired by local mosaic artist Sue Samways to get started.

Over this 3-session course you will learn all about cutting …

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June, 2016

Monday 20 June 2016

Garden House Visit to Shropshire

We are delighted to tell you about next year’s exciting summer trip to Shropshire.   For those of you who have joined us on other Garden House trips, you know you can rely on us to provide a fun, friendly and informative time!

Monday June 20th – Wednesday June 22nd 2016…

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Saturday 18 June 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: Argentina

Join us for an exclusive evening with wine and food at the beautiful Garden House. Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) will take you on a little trip to Argentina with sommeliére Sally who will select five Argentinian wines for you to taste (Argentina is Sally’s …

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Monday 13 June 2016

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 4-session Summer Course

Botanical illustration course suitable for beginners and improvers. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and basic botany. There will …

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Tuesday 7 June 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: 3-session course

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this 3-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the …

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Starts Tuesday 7 June 2016

Watercolour Inspiration in the Garden: 4-session course

For beginners and improvers alike, inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne will show you how to be more expressive with watercolour.  You will be encouraged to paint in the large and unique ‘hidden’ garden at Warleigh Road, and through simple exercises learn to paint confidently and with joy – to explore …

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June, 2016

Saturday 4 June 2016

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair

Wonderful opportunity to view a variety of specialist plant stalls, selling all manner of vegetable seedlings, Dahlias, succulents, herbaceous perennials as well as trees and shrubs.

Plus, we will be serving delicious food, homemade and cooked in our outdoor clay oven!

Date: Saturday 4 June, 11am to 5pm. Come with …

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May, 2016

Saturday 28 May 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: English vineyards

Take your taste buds on holiday around English vineyards and learn a thing or two about different styles of local wines.

Sally (of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) will explain some basics about soils, vine growing and wine making and you will have a chance to taste five excellent …

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Starting Thursday 12 May 2016

Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Have fun and get inspired as you learn the basics about gardening. Our Thursday morning course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden. This course could be the ideal stepping-stone to embarking …

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Wednesday 11 May 2016

Afternoon Talk: Creating Wild Flower Areas

Colin Reader of East Sussex based ‘Wild Flower Lawns and Meadows’ has been advising on and creating wild flower lawns and meadows since 1999. His clients have included BBC Countryfile, the South Downs National Park and Kew Gardens.

Colin will guide you through the different ways you can create beautiful …

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April, 2016

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 April 2016

National Garden Scheme Open Weekend

Opening for the NGS and in the ‘yellow book’ – the Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret garden – in Victorian times a working market garden. The garden is now organic and gives interest all year round, supporting cut flowers, …

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Saturday 16 April 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: Catalunya

Take your taste buds on holiday to Catalunya with Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) – and enjoy a few glasses of great wines and delicious sharing platters. If you expect Cava you will be wrong! Our Catalan sommelier Xavi Buendia, who has spent over fifteen …

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Sunday 10 April 2016

Film Screening: ‘Tasting My Future’

We feel privileged and excited to be supporting this wonderful film made by GH friend Cathy Maxwell, and her colleague Sylvie Collier.

The film ‘Tasting My Future’ traces the progress of a group of women refugees for whom the language of food has brought unity, friendship and a way forward. …

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March, 2016

Friday 18 March 2016

Afternoon Talk: Plants for the Shade

SORRY, THIS TALK IS NOW FULL. Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by Rose Hardy of the renowned nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Not only will Rose be talking about choosing the best plants for shade, she will bring lots of great plants for you …

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Starting Tuesday 15 March 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: 6-session course

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this 6-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the …

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Saturday 12 March 2016

Take your taste buds on holiday: Bordeaux

Join us for an exclusive and fun early evening event with wine and food at the beautiful Garden House. Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) will take you on a journey around the Bordeaux vineyards.

Her extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining sommelier Eddy will talk you …

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Saturday 5 March 2016

Graft Your Own Apple Tree: Workshop

This workshop by expert Peter May allows participants to practice a simple grafting technique that is used in the production of many fruit and ornamental trees. By the end of the morning those taking part will be able to take home their own grafted apple tree.

The course covers the …

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February, 2016

Monday 29 February 2016

Make a Mosaic for House or Garden: 3-session course

Have you been saving broken china bits and pieces ready for the day that you’ll start that mosaic masterpiece? Why not bring them along to the garden house and be inspired by local mosaic artist Sue Samways to get started.

Over this 3-session course you will learn all about cutting …

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Thursday 25 February 2016

Plantsmanship: 8-session course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.  A course designed to improve your plant knowledge, enabling you to have time to look closely at plants, how they grow and where they thrive

Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturalist wanting to increase your knowledge and skills?  This 8-session course will …

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Starting Tuesday 23 February 2016

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 8-week course

Botanical illustration course suitable for beginners and improvers. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and basic botany. There will …

Find out more >

Starting 23 February 2016

Watercolour Inspiration in the Garden: 4-session course

Inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne will show you how to be more expressive with watercolour.  Inspired by the lovely garden at Warleigh Road you will be encouraged, through simple exercises, to be bold – to explore what this medium can do, and what you can do with it.

Kate says: …

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February, 2016

Friday 19 February 2016

Evening Talk: Walking the Green Ways of Sussex

Join us for a light supper and glass of wine while enjoying an evening of wondrous storytelling with local writer Pat Bowen, whom we are delighted to welcome back to the Garden House.

Pat will be delighting us with folk tales and stories about people, plants and places around the …

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Starting Tuesday 16 February 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: 6-session course

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this 6-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the …

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Saturday 13 February 2016

Valentine Special: Take your Taste Buds on Holiday!

Come and join us for an exclusive and fun afternoon with wine and food at the beautiful Garden House. Radka Junova (founder of Take Your Taste Buds on Holiday) will take you on a trip around the beautiful region of Veneto and you will get a chance to try five …

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Wednesday 3 February 2016

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will be able to draw up a scale …

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January, 2016

Starting Tuesday 19 January 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: 6-session course

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this 6-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the …

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December, 2015

Friday 4 December 2015

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

SORRY, THESE WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULL!  Join one of our hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops – four sessions: two on Friday 4 Dec, then Saturday 5 Dec and Sunday 6 Dec.  Create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door. 

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November, 2015

Saturday 28 November 2015

Afternoon session: Champagne Tasting!

Take a short and relaxing break just before all the Christmas madness gets to you and join the Take Your Tastebuds on Holiday team on a little trip to Champagne with a selection of lovely organic and biodynamic wines accompanied with delicious canapés prepared by their very talented chef.

They …

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Friday 27 November 2015

Evening Talk: Hedgerow to Hipflask – a Christmas Tipple!

Join forager and craft liqueur producer Fiona Rose for an evening of discovery – learn about the process of foraging to the production of liqueurs, interspersed with delicious tastes of quality tipples from a selection of Rubyfruit Forager’s eighteen infusions.

“My love of walking in the countryside has opened my …

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Tuesday 17 November 2015

Evening Talk: Robert Hill-Snook, Head Gardener of the Pavilion Gardens

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL!  Join us for an entertaining illustrated talk by Robert Hill-Snook, Head Gardener of the Pavilion Gardens. Robert will be talking about the restoration and planting of this historic Regency garden, and the challenges associated with gardening in this wonderful central-Brighton location.

Prior to working …

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Tuesday 10 November 2015

Watercolour Inspiration in the Garden: 4-session course

Inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne will show you how to be more expressive with watercolour.  Inspired by the lovely garden at Warleigh Road you will be encouraged, through simple exercises, to be bold – to explore what this medium can do, and what you can do with it, on its …

Find out more >

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden, to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will have drawn up a scale plan, with at least one planting plan for …

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Tuesday 3 November 2016

A Celebration of the Seasons: 6-session course

Enjoy a taste of the good life in the city – bringing the joy of home grown seasonal produce into our busy lives!

Join us for this new 6-session course offering a mix of activities through the gardening year.  An opportunity to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing …

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October, 2015

Friday 30 October 2015

Afternoon Talk: Rose Growing Made Easy

We look forward to welcoming back to The Garden House rose expert Simon White of award winning Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk.

Simon is very knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic about roses, so his illustrated talk is a must for anyone thinking about growing roses or if you already have some …

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Tuesday 27 October 2015

Hedgerow Highlights, Botanical Illustration Workshop

Botanical illustration workshop suitable for beginners and improvers – working with hedgerow specimens from garden and field, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

If you don’t have any art equipment, Leigh Ann is able to provide pencils and paper for drawing and …

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Saturday 24 October 2015

Social Media for Business and Organisations

Do you want to promote your business, charity or organisation via social media? This special one-day course is aimed at those who are already using social media but want to start using it strategically to generate sales, enquiries or other types of customer interaction.

We’ll be looking at what social …

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Friday 23 October 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Carving – Spooky!

Make some magic at the Garden House this autumn by carving your own unique Halloween pumpkin with local textile designer and artist Lizzie George.

Cost: £28 – to include tea and cake, and your pumpkin (the cake?…you guessed it, pumpkin pie!). This afternoon session starts at 2pm and finishes at …

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Friday 9 October 2015

Afternoon Talk: A Complete Guide to Clematis

TIf you adore clematis but they mystify you with their different pruning and care regimes – come to our afternoon workshop with expert Peter Skeggs-Gooch.  Peter owns Norfolk-based specialist nursery Thorncroft Nurseries which in 2014 was awarded an eighth consecutive Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

Peter’s talk, …

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Friday 2 October 2015

Afternoon Talk: Late Flowering Perennials

Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by Rose Hardy of the renowned nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Not only will Rose be talking about late flowering perennials, but she will bring lots of great plants for sale.

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants is a small family …

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Thursday 01 October 2015

Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Have fun and get inspired as you learn the basics about gardening. Our Thursday morning course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden. This course could be the ideal stepping-stone to embarking …

Find out more >

September, 2015

Monday 28 September 2015

Getting to Grips with Social Media: four-session course

Do you find yourself frantic about Facebook, tormented by Twitter or panicked over Pinterest? Feel the social media revolution is passing you by?

This fun and informal course is aimed at people who want to get to grips with social media, understand what it can do and how to use …

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Saturday 26 September 2015

Fascinated by Ferns

Fern expert Neil Timm is looking forward to travelling down from his specialist nursery and award winning garden in Lincolnshire to talk ferns at The Garden House in Brighton.

Neil will focus on the cultivation of both common deciduous and evergreen ferns found in the UK, different ferns for a …

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Friday 25 September 2015

Come to our MacMillan Coffee Morning!

Come to The Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan.

Catch up over a cuppa, enjoy some gorgeous treats – and the money you raise at your Coffee Morning will help MacMillan make …

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Sunday 20 September 2015

Mushroom Magic Forage in West Sussex

Following on from his fascinating talk, Mushroom Magic, fungi and foraging expert Geoff Dann will lead a 2-hour foray and forage in search of fungi in West Sussex.

Geoff will help you find and identify as many species of fungi as possible, and also to teach you about fungi and …

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Friday 11 September 2015

Evening talk: Mushroom Magic

Join us for a light supper and an entertaining illustrated talk on all things fungal by Brighton-based wild mushroom expert Geoff Dann, and sample some of the more unusual and exotic species of edible wild mushrooms that can be found in Sussex (as well as other more well-known ones).

Cost: …

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July, 2015

Sunday 19 July 2015

The Garden House Charity Day & Auction!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 19th July. Every summer the Garden House holds a fantastic and fun event to fund-raise for a local charity, and this year we are supporting the Time To Talk Befriending charity – www.timetotalkbefriending.org.uk  

Do come along and visit the garden, and bring your friends to support …

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Wednesday 15 July 2015

How to Make the Most of Flowers from Your Garden

The Garden House is delighted to welcome Barbara Mole from Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium; Barbara’s floristry style is both unique and exciting and we are so pleased she has agreed to come and share some of the secrets of her work with us.

Using flowers from The Garden House Barbara …

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Tuesday 14 July 2015

Make a Mosaic for House or Garden

Have you been saving broken china bits and pieces ready for the day that you’ll start that mosaic masterpiece? Why not bring them along to the garden house and be inspired by local mosaic artist Sue Samways to get started.

Over this 3-session course you will learn all about cutting …

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Wednesday 8 July 2015

Up the Garden Path: 4-session course

Join us for this informative and inspiring 4-session course – a mixture of practical work and theory using a range of locations to demonstrate a variety of techniques for developing your garden and/or allotment.

Week 1 – managing your garden; how to plant and keep your borders looking gorgeous –…

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June, 2015

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Trip to Dublin: visiting Gardens and More!

If you are looking for a fun and relaxing holiday, and you love plants and gardens, join the Garden House 3-night trip to Dublin, leaving Wednesday 24 June and returning Saturday 27 June.

We’ll be visiting, among other treats:

Hunting Brook – home to Jimi Blake, one of Ireland’s most…

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Starting Monday 22 June 2015

Watercolour Inspiration in the Garden

Inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne will show you how to be more expressive with watercolour.  Inspired by the lovely garden at Warleigh Road you will be encouraged, through simple exercises, to be bold – to explore what this medium can do, and what you can do with it, on its …

Find out more >

Saturday 6 June 2015

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair

Wonderful opportunity to view a variety of specialist plant stalls, selling all manner of vegetable seedlings, Dahlias, succulents, herbaceous perennials as well as trees and shrubs.

Plus, we will be serving delicious food, homemade and cooked in our outdoor clay oven!

Date: Saturday 6 June, 11am to 5pm. Come with …

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May, 2015

Course starts Monday 11 May

Writing for Self-discovery: 6 week course

If you like writing and nature, this course is for you. With the Garden House garden as a natural backdrop, this small weekly group will give you the opportunity to find out more about yourself through writing. Workshop leader is Matt Fox, writer and psychotherapist. We will be using the …

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April, 2015

Starts Tuesday 28 April 2015

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 8-week course

Botanical illustration course suitable for beginners and improvers. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and basic botany. There will …

Find out more >

Sunday 26 April 2015

National Garden Scheme Open Day

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret garden – in Victorian times a working market garden. The garden is now organic and gives interest all year round, supporting cut flowers, vegetables, fruit, old climbing roses and a pond; it has …

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Friday 24 April 2015

Hen Keeping in a Small Garden

Discover the many the benefits of hen keeping with expert Charlotte Popescu – how they can reduce our waste and give us so much in return – eggs, manure for the garden, and a huge amount of fun!

Charlotte’s afternoon workshop and talk covers everything you need to know when …

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Gardening for Beginners: 6-session course

Have fun and get inspired as you learn the basics about gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden. The evenings will be light enough to use the …

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Saturday 18 April 2015

Propagation from Cuttings Workshop

Join our hands-on workshop and learn how to carry out propagation throughout the year from a variety of plant cuttings.

Practice taking and planting cuttings, take home a calendar of when to take your cuttings – and take home a variety of cuttings to grow on yourself!

Cost: £42 – …

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March, 2015

Saturday 21 March 2015

Afternoon Talk: Spring Flowering Perennials

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.  Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by Rose Hardy of the renowned nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Not only will Rose be talking about spring flowering perennials, but she will bring lots of great plants for sale.

Hardy’s Cottage …

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Saturday 14 March 2015

Hands-on Approach to Pruning your Roses

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.  We look forward to again welcoming rose expert Simon White of Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk to The Garden House.

Simon is very knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic about roses.  He will give an in-depth illustrated talk particularly highlighting climbers and ramblers for every situation. …

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Starts Wednesday 11 March 2015

Gardening for Beginners: 6-session course

Have fun and get inspired as you learn the basics about gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

Learn how to grow good plants.  Learn how to …

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Saturday 7 March 2015

Prop up your Plants: Staking Workshop

Create your own natural plant support using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by horticulturalist Bea Andrews. For four years Bea was Head Gardener at Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill garden, and now lives in Brighton, and we’re delighted to welcome her back to The Garden House.

Learn …

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February, 2015

Friday 27 February 2015

Garden House Reading Evening – Tales from the Plant Hunters

Throughout the week – 22 – 27 February – we will be suggesting gardening books for you to read both on our website and on Facebook page – including recommendations made by Garden House friends (do sign up to join our mailing list!).

Tales from the Plant Hunters – join …

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Friday 27 February 2015

Garden House Reading Week – Make a Garden Mood Board

Throughout the week – 22 –27 February – we will be suggesting gardening books for you to read both on our website and on Facebook page – including recommendations made by Garden House friends (do sign up to join our mailing list!).

The week of reviews and comment will culminate …

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February, 2015

Saturday 21 February 2015

Fruit Trees For Your Garden

Morning workshop covering different aspects of planning a fruit tree garden from choosing varieties to rootstocks, pollination and care of the trees after planting.  The different insects and fungal diseases that are found on fruit trees are also considered, as well as the watering, feeding and composting of young trees. …

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Starts Tuesday 10 February 2015

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden, to suit your lifestyle and budget. By the end of the course you will have drawn up a scale plan, with at least one planting plan for …

Find out more >

Starting Tuesday 3 February 2015

Getting to Grips with Social Media: four-session course

Do you find yourself frantic about Facebook, tormented by Twitter or panicked over Pinterest? Feel the social media revolution is passing you by?

This fun and informal course is aimed at people who want to get to grips with social media, understand what it can do and how to use …

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December, 2014

Friday 19 December 2014

Garden House Festive ‘pop-up’ Restaurant

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.  Celebrate Christmas at another of our very popular ‘pop-up’ restaurants at The Garden House! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique festive eating experience in our lovely garden room.

We can promise you great company and our …

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First session Friday 5 December 2014

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Join one of our hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops and create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door.     

Friday 5 Dec, 2pm – 4.30pm

Friday 5 Dec, 6.30pm – 9pm

Saturday 6 Dec, 11am to 1.30pm (SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 7 Dec, …

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November, 2014

Starting Monday 3 November 2014

Next Steps in Gardening: 6-session course

Leading on from our Gardening for Beginners Course these Monday evening sessions are for those of you who have some knowledge but would like to build on your gardening skills.

We will consider how to create year round interest in your garden, manage seasonal tasks, which trees to choose, and …

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October, 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

Garden House ‘pop-up’ Restaurant

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.  Enjoy another of our very popular ‘pop-up’ restaurants at The Garden House! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience in our lovely garden room, or in the garden if weather permits.

We can promise you …

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Saturday 18 October 2014

Introduction to Seed Saving with the Heritage Seed Library (supported by the Sackler Trust)

The Garden House is pleased to welcome Sally Cunningham of the Heritage Seed Library to give a talk on seed saving.

A lifetime professional gardener, Sally has worked at Ryton for over 15 years in a number of roles from advisor to deputy head gardener for the Sowing New Seeds …

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Starting Tuesday 14 October

Getting to Grips with Social Media: three-session course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.  Do you find yourself frantic about Facebook, tormented by Twitter or panicked over Pinterest? Feel the social media revolution is passing you by?

This fun and informal course is aimed at people who want to get to grips with social media, understand what it …

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Tuesdays 14, 21 and 28 October 2014

Paper Collage: 3-session course

We have extended our very popular paper collage workshops with illustrator Jane Robbins, and are delighted to offer a NEW 3-session course (Tuesday afternoons).

There are countless ways of producing a collage – it is a flexible and forgiving method of producing a creative image. The first part of the …

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October, 2014

Monday 13 October 2014

Focus on Mushrooms: Botanical Illustration Workshop

One-day botanical illustration workshop suitable for all abilities, with a special focus on mushrooms to tie-in with our upcoming Mushroom Magic Talk (Oct 3) and Mushroom Magic Foraging Day (Oct 11).

Working with specimens either from your forage or that you bring yourself, create an accurate botanical study with guidance …

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Saturday 11 October 2014

Mushroom Magic Forage in West Sussex

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.  Following on from his fascinating talk, Mushroom Magic, at The Garden House back in October 2013, fungi and foraging expert Geoff Dann will lead a 2-hour foray and forage in search of fungi in West Sussex.

Geoff will help you find and identify as …

Find out more >

Friday 3 October 2014

Evening talk: Mushroom Magic

Join us for a light supper and an entertaining illustrated talk on all things fungal by Brighton-based wild mushroom expert Geoff Dann, and sample some of the more unusual and exotic species of edible wild mushrooms that can be found in Sussex (as well as other more well-known ones).

Cost: …

Find out more >

Starting Wednesday 1 October 2014

Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden, to suit your lifestyle and budget. By the end of the course you will have drawn up a scale plan, with …

Find out more >

September, 2014

Friday 26 September 2014

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

Come to The Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £20 million for charity.

Have coffee and cakes with us, and …

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Starting Monday 22 September

Gardening for Beginners: 6-session course

Have fun and get inspired as you learn the basics about gardening. Our Monday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

Learn how to grow good plants.  Learn how to …

Find out more >

Saturday 20 September 2014

All you need to know about Roses

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.  Passionate about roses, but need to know more?  Rose expert Simon White of Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk is endlessly enthusiastic about roses, and very knowledgeable – so we look forward to welcoming him back to The Garden House!

Simon will take us on …

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Starts Wednesday 17 September 2014

The Gardening Year – how to care for your garden

This purely practical course looks at how to care for a garden throughout the year.  

For two hours each Wednesday over 10 weeks – the opportunity to work in the Garden House garden: pruning, planting, propagating, growing vegetables, fruit and flowers – and if you’re interested, an option to look …

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Saturday 6 September 2014

Autumn ‘Bulbfest’: all about Bulbs!

If like us you love bulbs coming up throughout the year join us at our ‘Bulbfest’ workshop and find out how to select bulbs for the house and garden – the most reliable tulips, the most fragrant Narcissi, the prettiest Muscari and when to plant your Gladioli!

We will demonstrate …

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Starting 1 September 2014

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 6-week course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.  Botanical illustration course suitable for beginners and improvers. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale (the illustration shown here of a magnolia blossom was completed by student Luska at the end …

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August, 2014

Friday 15 August 2014

Garden House ‘pop-up’ Restaurant

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL! Enjoy another of our very popular ‘pop-up’ restaurants at The Garden House! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience in our lovely garden room, or in the garden if weather permits.

We can promise you …

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Monday 4 August 2014

Trip to Amsterdam and Bruges

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL!  If you are looking for a fun and relaxing holiday, and you love plants and gardens, join the Garden House trip to Bruges and Amsterdam, leaving Monday August 4th and returning Friday August 8th.

Our trip will include visits to:

Piet Oudolph’s private garden…

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July, 2014

Sunday 20 July 2014

The Garden House Goes Wild – Charity Open Day!

AUCTION UPDATE, see below!  Every summer the Garden House holds a fantastic and fun event to fund-raise for a local charity, and this year we are supporting the Moulescoomb Forest Garden & Wildlife Project – www.seedybusiness.org

Our aim is to help the project fund the rebuilding of their hut that …

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Mondays 7, 14 and 21 July 2014

Waterworks: 3-session workshop

Inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne will show you how to be more expressive with your artwork!  Starting with simple exercises to help students loosen up Kate will investigate various ways of using watercolour, mixing it with other mediums such as crayon, watercolour sticks, ink, wax and collage – and using …

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June, 2014

Friday 27 June 2014

Hen Keeping in a Small Garden

Discover the many the benefits of hen keeping with expert Charlotte Popescu – how they can reduce our waste and give us so much in return – eggs, manure for the garden, and a huge amount of fun!

Charlotte’s afternoon workshop and talk covers everything you need to know when …

Find out more >

Friday 27 June 2014

Garden House ‘pop-up’ Restaurant

Enjoy another of our very popular ‘pop-up’ restaurants at The Garden House! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience in our lovely garden room, or in the garden if weather permits.

We can promise you great company and our three-course homemade …

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June, 2014

Starts Wednesday 25 June 2014

Visit the Hidden Gardens of Brighton and Beyond

Discover the hidden gardens of Brighton and beyond in this unique series of garden visits, with a special focus on right plants for right places.  Each garden has a wealth of plants with different and particular planting styles.

Each visit will begin at 7pm and finish at 9pm and will …

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Weekend 21 and 22 June 2014

Garden Gadabout Weekend Opening in aid of Sussex Beacon

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden for the local Garden Gadabout!

The Garden Gadabout sees a variety of fascinating and beautiful gardens and community spaces across Brighton, Hove and nearby areas, opening their gates to the public across two weekends in June to raise vital funds for The …

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Saturday 7 June 2014

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair

As part of the Chelsea Fringe we are holding a special Garden House Plant Fair on Saturday 7 June.  Visit us to view a variety of specialist plant stalls, selling all manner of vegetable seedlings, Dahlias, succulents, herbaceous perennials as well as trees and shrubs.

Plus, we will be serving …

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Friday 6 June 2014

Designing with Succulents

Create your own table-top container displays with Fiona Wemyss who runs Blueleaf Plants, a small nursery specialising in hardy and half-hardy succulents. Fiona creates unique and colourful arrangements matching the textures and colours of the plants with containers for small gardens, patios and window-sills.

“Succulents are great if you love …

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May, 2014

Saturday 17 May 2014

The Chelsea Fringe: Pop Up Wine Tasting

Join us for what promises to be a great evening to launch the Chelsea Fringe in Brighton!

Wine-tasting with expert Henry Butler of local Brighton wine merchant The Butler’s Wine Cellar. We’ll be working our way through a selection of fine wines recommended by Henry who will talk about the …

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Saturday 10 May 2014

Bee Keeping Workshop

Interested in bee keeping?  Keen to attract bees into your garden? Love the idea of harvesting your own honey?  Martin Tothill, a Brighton beekeeper of 4 years, leads this fun workshop. He will clarify the basic principles, the skills and the knowledge needed to become an amateur bee keeper.

What …

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Friday 9 May 2014

Evening Talk: All About Auriculas

Rachael Castle of specialist nursery Swallowfields in Kent will join us to talk about the wonders of auricula growing.

rachael will take us on a journey through history to discover how auricula mania began, followed by an insight into their growing requirements, a close-up on the pests and diseases that …

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Saturday 3 May 2014

All you need to know about Ponds!

Find out all you need to know about pond life from local expert Pete Birchall.   Pete will discuss the importance of wildlife ponds, show and talk about the myriad creatures and plants that inhabit our ponds – from the desirable to the invasive! – and discuss their purpose in maintaining …

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April, 2014

Wednesday afternoons 2014

The Gardening Year – how to care for your garden

This purely practical course looks at how to care for a garden throughout the year.  

For two hours each Wednesday over 10 weeks – the opportunity to work in the Garden House garden: pruning, planting, propagating, growing vegetables, fruit and flowers – and if you’re interested, an option to look …

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Sunday 13 April 2014

National Garden Scheme Open Day

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret garden – in Victorian times a working market garden. The garden is now organic and gives interest all year round, supporting cut flowers, vegetables, fruit, old climbing roses and a pond; it has …

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Saturday 12 April 2014

Learn How to Make More Plants for Free!

The Garden House is delighted to join Paul and Pauline McBride at the dramatic Sussex Prairies Garden for a day’s focus on propagation – learn how to make more plants for free!

Using the extensive range of perennials at the Sussex Prairie Garden this workshop will give you the knowledge …

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Friday 11 April 2014

Designing Small Gardens

This will be an illustrated talk about how to design small spaces in order to maximise the potential of the garden and make it feel larger, and will be led by Annie Guilfoyle, an award-winning designer and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal winner.

Annie combines running a successful …

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March, 2014

Saturday 29 March 2014

Round Plant Supports: afternoon workshop

Come and enjoy learning how to make different kinds of useful round willow plant supports with Sussex-based willow and basketry artist Jackie Sweet. These look wonderful and are ideal for keeping plants such as delphiniums, paeonies and asters just where you want them!

Cost: £50 – inc materials, coffee and …

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Saturday 29 March 2014

Curly Topped Fences: morning workshop

Enjoy learning the secrets of curly topped willow fences with Sussex-based willow and basketry artist Jackie Sweet. We love these – they are ideal for keeping plants from flopping onto paths or work really well as low supports allowing plants to grow through them.

Cost: £50 inc materials, coffee and …

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March, 2014

Friday 21 March 2014

Make your own Natural Plant Supports

Create your own natural plant supports using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by Bea Andrews, ex-head gardener at Perch Hill, Sarah Raven’s garden in Kent.

Learn the practical aspects of staking – the timing and techniques that will help you manage your tall or unruly plants …

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Friday 21 March 2014

Evening Talk: Planting in the Parks and Gardens of Brighton

If you’ve been applauding the naturalistic and very beautiful development of our local parks and gardens, this talk is for you!

Sarah Carlisle has been in the horticultural trade for 16 years. She currently manages Stanmer Nursery where she has developed the retail section of the nursery specialising in perennials …

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March, 2014

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Make your own Natural Plant Supports

Create your own natural plant supports using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by Bea Andrews, ex-head gardener at Perch Hill, Sarah Raven’s garden in Kent.

Learn the practical aspects of staking – the timing and techniques that will help you manage your tall or unruly plants …

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Tuesday 18 March 2014

RHS: A Year in Your School Gardening Club

RHS workshop designed to give teachers and school staff inspiration for all the year round activities to sustain a weekly gardening club, in all weathers and seasons – also to give participants the basic horticultural skills, safety and practical considerations to set up and run a club.

Suitable for:  beginners …

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Saturday 15 March 2014

The Dahlia Growing Year

All you need to know about dahlias!  Local champion dahlia grower Paul Dalby talks us through a brief history of dahlias, their types and uses, tuber types and storage, propagation, potting, planting, feeding, and pests and diseases.  Paul will also explain the mysteries of de-branching and dis-budding!

In the afternoon …

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Saturday 15 March 2014

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

One of our most popular workshops – join The Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen.…

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March, 2014

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Garden Tool Surgery and Pop-up Café and Shop

A great opportunity to visit our pop up shop, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake – AND get your tools sharpened ready for spring!  

We’ll be selling freshly cut birch and hazel, plants, seeds and garden  sundries, including vintage tools from Ian’s collection – Wednesday March …

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Saturday 8 March 2014

More Intimate Secrets of Plants!

Following on from our last lecture/workshop with Irene Fletcher which focused mostly on flowers and pollination (Nov 2013), this session will consider many of the other remarkable aspects of plant life.

The workshop will provide you with valuable practical information as well as enabling you to learn more about our …

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February, 2014

Monday 24 February 2014

Botanical illustration, develop your skills: 6-week course

Botanical illustration course suitable for beginners and improvers. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and basic botany. There will …

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Saturday 22 February 2014

Mediterranean and Coastal Gardening

A beautifully illustrated lecture, looking at the problems associated with gardening on the coast. Led by Irene Fletcher, formerly of Ventnor Botanic Garden, the premier Mediterranean garden site in the UK.

Irene will suggest suitable plantings, with the reasons why, to aid you in your own plant selections, and look …

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Wednesday 19 February 2014

Visit Anglesey Abbey for the Snowdrops and Winter Garden

Join us for an early spring visit to the stunning gardens of Anglesey Abbey. Truly a garden for all seasons – but particularly beautiful in February when it is at it’s most spectacular, and drifts of white snowdrops and yellow aconites add colour to the frosty landscape.

The garden’s highlight …

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Saturday 15 February 2014

Stained Glass Workshop

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!  Design and make a beautiful stained glass hanging – perfect for the garden!  Led by experienced and inspiring stained glass artist Annie McMullen, at this workshop you will learn how to cut glass, and   how to combine colour and texture to make your glass …

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Saturday 8 February 2014

Painting with your iPad

Brighton artist Kate Osborne is running a workshop for those of you who would like a push start to becoming creative with your iPad!

 The day will be an introduction to the Brushes 3 and Procreate. You’ll learn the various tools, how to choose and customise brushes, pick colours and …

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Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd February 2014

Snowdrops at Marchants Hardy Plants

While this is not a Garden House event, we heartily recommend you visit Marchants Hardy Plants for their exceptional Snowdrop Weekend 1st/2nd February.  

The sale takes place in the ‘potting palace’ both days, and on the Sunday there will also be an exhibition of botanical paintings by Rosemary Lindsay.

Saturday …

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Saturday 1 February 2014

Paper Collage Workshop

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!  Create your own unique gifts – a small, framed picture, and at least one greetings card. Illustrator Jane Robbins works in paper collage, combining her life long interest in flat pattern, patchwork and found objects, and mixing them together to produce new decorative images. …

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January, 2014

Starting Wednesday 29 January 2014

Design Your Own Garden – 6-session course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.  The aim of this 6-session course is to give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden, to suit your lifestyle and budget. By the end of the course you will have drawn up a scale plan, with …

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Starting Monday 27January 2014

Gardening for Beginners: 6-session course

Designed to improve your knowledge and gardening skills, to enable you to tackle and enjoy your own garden, this course takes place Monday evenings for 6 weeks.

Find out about plant life cycles, the naming of plants, the basics of soil management, composting, seed sowing and taking cuttings, plus an …

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Saturday 25 January 2014

Fruit tree pruning

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. A lecture and practical workshop session covering the winter pruning of apples and pears, including information on stone fruits, appropriate tools and a question and answer session – bring along photos of your own fruit trees.

This workshop will be taught by Irene Fletcher …

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Saturday 25 January 2014

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

One of our most popular workshops – join The Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen.…

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December, 2013

Friday 6, Saturday 7, and Sunday 8 December 2013

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Join one of our hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops and create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door.     

Friday 6 Dec, 2pm – 4.30pm Friday 6 Dec, 6.30pm – 9pm Saturday 7 Dec, 11am to 1.30pm Sunday 8 Dec, 11am to 1.30pm

We provide …

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November, 2013

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Evening Event: Wine Tasting for Christmas!

SORRY, THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL!  Join our latest wine-tasting workshop with expert Henry Butler of local wine merchant The Butler’s Wine Cellar.

We’ll be working our way through a selection of fine wines – wines that Henry recommends for Christmas! If you love wine, but perhaps are not too …

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Friday 22 November 2013

Flowers for the Christmas Table

Join our new and exciting festive workshop!  Learn how to create festive table decorations using seasonal foliage and flowers with Bea Andrews.

Bea will talk about the plants and flowers best suited for table arrangements, and give useful hints about cutting and conditioning to make your displays last as long …

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Saturday 16 November 2013

The Intimate Secrets of Plants

Learn about how plants reproduce and how gardeners can exploit this for their own gardens.  This workshop will be taught by Irene Fletcher and is suitable for gardeners and anyone studying for the RHS or similar exams. It will include fascinating tales around the mysteries of flowers and a practical …

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Monday 11 November 2013

The Next Steps in Gardening

Leading on from the Beginners Gardening course this six week Monday evening course is for those of you who have some knowledge but would like to build on your gardening skills.

We will look at seasonal tasks, consider how to create all year round interest, which trees/shrubs/perennials to choose; plus …

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Saturday 2 November 2013

Garden DIY Workshop

Not sure how to put up shelves? Or how to safely use a drill in the house and garden? Wondering if you can attempt to put up a shed or archway in your garden or allotment?

Come and learn some basic DIY skills to enable you to do small jobs …

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October, 2013

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Botanical Illustration: Autumn one-day Workshop

One day botanical illustration workshop suitable for all abilities.

Working with seasonal specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale. Learn the art of accurate observation and composition, and experiment with different media including pencil, watercolour, pen and ink, and …

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Saturday 26 October 2013

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

One of our most popular workshops – join The Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen.…

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Saturdays 12 and 26 October 2013

Two-day Relief Printmaking workshop

This two day workshop led by Amy Douglas will introduce you to the wonderful art of relief printmaking. No printing press is required as Amy will be using a hand barren and a variety of papers, demonstrating printing methods you can continue to use with confidence at home.

Use of …

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Saturday 5 October 2013

Exploring Vintage Photographs 1860-1950

Join this fascinating half-day session studying vintage photographs c.1860-1950 with a garden, floral or horticultural theme.  The session will be led by Brighton-based Jayne Shrimpton, MA, professional dress historian and photograph specialist.

Jayne will present a range of Victorian and early 20th century images including studio portraits that use flowers …

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Friday 4 October 2013

Evening Talk: Exotic Mushroom Magic

SORRY, THIS TALK IS NOW FULL.  Join us for a light supper and an entertaining illustrated talk on all things fungal by Brighton-based wild mushroom expert Geoff Dann, and sample some of the more unusual and exotic species of edible wild mushrooms that can be found in Sussex (as well …

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Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, and 22 October 2013

Create an Exciting Visual Diary

Over five weeks and led by local artist Sue Wood – four evenings and a one day London garden/gallery visit covering all the skills you will need to create an exciting visual diary that includes drawing, printing, stamping, collage and a smattering of art historical knowledge along the way.

Week…

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Starting 1 October 2013

Gardening for Beginners: 6-session course

Due to high demand we’ve added a new beginners course to our diary! Designed to improve your knowledge and gardening skills, this 6-session course will give you all the confidence you need to you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden.

Learn how to grow perennials, biennials, annuals and …

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September, 2013

Saturday 28 September 2013

Designing with Grasses and Perennials in a Naturalistic Style

The Garden House is delighted to again join Paul and Pauline McBride at the dramatic Sussex Prairies Garden for a wonderful prairie style planting workshop.

Drawing on the over 600 types of perennials and grasses grown at the stunning Sussex Prairie gardens this workshop will inspire you to design borders …

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Friday 27 September 2013

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

Come to The Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2012 115,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £15 million.

Have coffee and cakes with us, and bring your …

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Starts Monday 23 September 2013

Gardening for Beginners: 6-session course

Our Monday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills, and to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden.

Learn how to grow perennials, biennials, annuals and bulbs, plus shrubs and trees.  Find out the basics …

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Saturday 21 September 2013

Wild Flowers Talk

ADDITIONAL SESSION!  As this talk has proved of such interest, we are hosting another session at 2pm-4pm on Saturday 21 September.  Be inspired by our British natives – learn about their place in the garden, fascinating facts about their medicinal, culinary and economic uses and folk lore and stories surrounding …

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Saturday 21 September 2013

Wild Flowers talk

SORRY, THIS TALK IS NOW FULL!  Be inspired by our British natives – learn about their place in the garden, fascinating facts about their medicinal, culinary and economic uses and folk lore and stories surrounding them. This beautifully illustrated talk by Irene Fletcher of the Ventnor Botanic Garden will encourage …

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August, 2013

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Drawing with Pastels Workshop

Explore the joy of working with pastels with illustrator Debbie Hinks, taking inspiration from the beautiful Garden House garden. 

Working entirely from life you will learn how to use chalk pastel to create light, tone, colour and texture.  There will be demonstrations and plenty of one to one advice.  Experiment …

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July, 2013

Saturday 20 July 2013

Plot to Plate – good eating workshop

This exciting new workshop will be led by Christina Taylor, whose lifelong passion has always been nutrition through good food and nature cure techniques.

The aim of the session is to impart useful information on the nutritional benefits of both everyday super foods, which can be grown in the garden, …

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Sunday 14 July 2013

Garden House Charity Day

Sunday 14th July, 12noon-6pm: Every summer the Garden House holds a fantastic, fun event to fund-raise for a local charity and this year we are supporting Spiral. (Read more about Spiral below…)

Do come along and visit the garden, and bring your friends. As usual, we will have an amazing …

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Wednesday 10 July 2013

Painting with Watercolours: Towards Abstraction

Want to break away from getting bogged down in the detail of what you are painting?  Then this one-day workshop could be for you.

Inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne will show you how to be more expressive with the medium – with colours, shapes and composition – making your subject …

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Friday 5 July 2013

Naturalistic Flower Arranging Workshop

Join this exciting new Garden House workshop; learn how to create natural looking and inexpensive flower arrangements with flowers and foliage from your garden, using traditional techniques combined with everything nature has to offer and only a little bit of help from cultivated flowers.

There will be an informative session …

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Starts Monday 1 July 2013

Garden House Summer School 2013

Come and join us for a horticultural extravaganza and learn from the experts!  Our popular ‘hands-on’ summer course takes you behind the scenes at several inspirational gardens and nurseries. Learn from, and work with, the experts as we talk to head gardeners and owners about their particular gardens or garden …

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June, 2013

Starting Thursday 27 June

Creative Photography: four-session Summer Course

Improve your confidence and skills whilst photographing the beautiful and inspirational Garden House gardens.  This four-session course, led by local photographer and tutor Laura Dodson, covers practical camera and photography skills and is suitable for complete beginners or as a refresher.

The first steps will cover basic camera functions such …

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Tuesday 25 June 2013

Pick It, Cook It: Elderflower day

Join foraging experts Carol and Louise of Pick It Cook It, Daylands Farm near Ashurst, West Sussex, for a day of foraging and cooking with elderflowers www.pickitcookit.co.uk

Their specially designed programs of foraging and cooking events reflect the rhythm of the seasons – learning how to prepare recipes from foraged …

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Saturday 15 June 2013

Painting with your iPad

Many more artists are embracing the fast colourful painting medium that is the iPad!  If you saw last year’s David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy you’ll know what we mean.

Brighton artist Kate Osborne is running a workshop for those of you with creative urges and an iPad who …

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Saturday 14 June 2014

Wild Flower Walk on the South Downs

A Wild Flower Walk to look at the wonderful selection of plants growing on our local South Downs.  The walk will be lead by Irene Fletcher, formerly of Ventnor Botanic Garden, the premier Mediterranean garden site in the UK.

More details of time, location and meeting point to follow!

Cost: …

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Tuesday 11 June 2013

Make a Woven Willow Tray

Inspirational basket maker, Annemarie O’Sullivan, returns to The Garden House to lead a practical willow-weaving workshop. Learn how to harvest, process and prepare willow for weaving.  Using beautiful native willow grown by Annemarie in Sussex, make a simple tray design based on a Catalan tray used for serving bread and …

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Starting Monday 10 June 2013

Practical Gardening: 6-week course

This practical hands-on course will cover a wide range of seasonal tasks necessary for maintaining a garden.

Propagation and pricking out of seedlings, taking cuttings, preparing a bed for planting, establishment and maintenance of plants, mulching and watering, staking and pruning.  We’ll also consider ideas for attracting birds and wildlife …

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Saturday 8 June

Flower Water and Soap Making Workshop

Join this NEW workshop led by Amanda Saurin of Wellgreen Lewes, makers of sustainable additive-free skin nourishment products, and Judith Layhe-Cook of Shakespeare’s Sister’s Soap, a small artisan natural soap making company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

The morning will be spent learning about flower waters, firing …

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Friday 7 June 2013

Designing show-stopping containers with succulents

Fiona Wemyss runs Blueleaf Plants, a small nursery specialising in hardy and half-hardy succulents. She creates unique and colourful arrangements matching the textures and colours of the plants with containers for small gardens, patios and window-sills.

“Succulents are great if you love plants but don’t have the space or time …

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Monday 3 June 2013

Printmaking Workshop: 6-week course

Six-week workshop led by Brighton-based artist Amy Douglas, will introduce you to the wonderful art of woodcut/lino relief printmaking while looking at the work of other artists.

Amy will demonstrate how to develop a design, use the tools and explore different mark making; also how to incorporate collage, and ink …

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Saturday 1 June 2013

Create your own Garden Sketchbook

This one-day workshop will be led by local artist Sue Wood, who has many years’ experience of helping people develop their creativity. Sue will focus on the varied techniques needed to begin a sketchbook or visual diary, using the inspiring setting of the Garden House as a starting point.

Sue …

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Saturday 1 June 2013

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

SORRY, WORKSHOP NOW FULL!  One of our most popular workshops – join The Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for …

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May, 2013

Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May 2013

Plant Fair at The Garden House

11am-6pm.  Specialist nurseries – including Sussex Prairies and Paul Seabourne – selling trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and succulents.  Also seeds, plants supports, pots and stalls selling a variety of garden paraphernalia.

Pop-up cafe selling delicious homemade food – and a plant swop – bring along a plant to exchange!…

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Starting Wednesday 8 May 2013

Develop your watercolour skills: 6-week course

We’re delighted to be putting on another 6-session course with inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne.  A regular exhibitor during Brighton’s Art Festival, Kate’s light and distinctive hand is much admired – especially by us!

This course will be ideal for those who want to expand their watercolour skills – a …

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April, 2013

Saturday 20 April 2013

Propagation on the Prairie!

The Garden House is delighted to join Paul and Pauline McBride at the dramatic Sussex Prairies Garden for a day’s focus on propagation – learn how to make more plants for free!

Using the extensive range of perennials at the prairie this workshop will give you the knowledge of how …

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Starts Wednesday 17 April 2013

Plants for Places: 10 session course

This course is designed to help you confidently decide which plant should go where, to widen your knowledge of types of plants and their attributes, and to build up your own portfolio of plant profiles.

The course will cover one evening of theory followed the next week by a visit …

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Wednesday 17 April 2013

Prop up your Plants: Staking Workshop

Create your own natural plant support using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by horticulturalist Bea Andrews. For four years Bea was Head Gardener at Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill garden, and now lives in Brighton, and we’re delighted to welcome her back to The Garden House.

Learn …

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April, 2013

Starts Tuesday 16 April 2013

Botanical Illustration: 6-week Course

Botanical illustration course suitable for all abilities. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and basic botany. There will also …

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March, 2013

saturday 23 March 2013

Pruning Workshop – why, when, how!

At this popular workshop Bridgette Saunders will again demystify the art of pruning your shrubs by teaching and demonstrating the why, when and how!

There will be plenty of opportunities to experience hands-on pruning – working on The Garden House shrubs – whilst we highlight best practice and safety, and …

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Friday 22 March 2013

Creative Plant Staking

SORRY, WORKSHOP NOW FULL! Create your own natural plant supports using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by the Garden House’s own Bridgette Saunders and Deborah Kalinke.

Learn the practical aspects of staking – the timing and techniques that will help you manage your tall or unruly …

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Wednesday 13 March 2013

Gardening for All – Children with Special Educational Needs (RHS Campaign for School Gardening)

SORRY, WORKSHOP NOW FULL!  Learn about the practicalities of gardening with pupils with Special Educational Needs, including appropriate tools and equipment, seed sowing techniques and useful hints and tips for gardening with a school budget. Consider different types of garden suitable for the school environment and plants that are ideal …

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Saturday 9 March 2013

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

SORRY! WORKSHOP FULL (next date 1 June). One of our most popular workshops – join The Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the …

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Friday 8 March 2013

Pop up Shop & Garden Tool Surgery

SORRY, THE WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL, however why not visit our pop up shop, watch Ian at work, and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  We’ll be selling all manner of great plants, seeds and garden sundries.  NB although all slots are taken, if  you’d still …

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Mondays 4, 11, 18 March, then15, 22, 29 April, and 13, 20 May 2013

Gardening for Beginners: 8-week course

Due to popular demand, we’re running a MONDAY EVENING course for all you first time gardeners out there!  It is designed for the real beginner – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills – and to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden.…

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Mondays 4, 11, 18 March, then 15, 22, 29 April, and 13, 20 May 2013

Gardening for Beginners: 8-week course

Due to popular demand, we’re running a MONDAY AFTERNOON course for all you first time gardeners out there!  It is designed for the real beginner – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills – and to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden.…

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March, 2013

Saturday 2 March 2013

Vegetable growing with Val Bourne

Val Bourne, who writes in The Daily Telegraph and Gardens Illustrated among others, has been growing vegetables for fifty years organically and she once worked at the National Vegetable Research Station – albeit in a lowly post in her youth. Feeding a family then took priority and she quickly learnt …

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February, 2013

Saturday 23 February 2013

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

SORRY! WORKSHOP FULL (next dates 9 March & 1 June). The Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own …

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Saturday 23 February 2013

Make a Mosaic Stepping Stone

Join another of our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways. Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique stepping-stone to decorate your garden. At the same time learn the techniques to create other mosaic pieces for your …

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February, 2013

Friday 22 February 2013

Visit the Winter Garden at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Looking for a special present to give a friend or a treat for you? Join us on our trip to the glorious Winter Garden in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

This tranquil and inspirational garden, including its range of glasshouses, has over 8,000 plant species and nine national collections and …

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Saturday 2 February 2013

Creative Photography

SORRY! THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.  Improve your camera skills with local photographer and tutor Laura Dodson. Start with learning more about your camera’s basic functions and then use the beautiful Garden House setting as inspiration for practical exercises exploring composition and basic lighting techniques.

There will be plenty of …

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January, 2013

Starts Monday 14 January 2013, continues 21, 28 January, then 4, 11, 18 February 2013

Develop your watercolour skills: 6-week course

Following her very successful one-day workshops, we’re delighted to introduce a 6-session course with inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne.  A regular exhibitor during Brighton’s Art Festival, Kate’s light and distinctive hand is much admired – especially by us!

This course will be ideal for those who want to expand their …

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Starts Wednesday 9 January 2013

Intermediate Gardener: 8-week course

This intermediate or second-time gardener course is an ideal extension course if you’ve completed one of our First time Gardener courses and want to learn more, garden with more confidence or simply brush up on your general horticultural skills.

Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for eight weeks studying …

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December, 2012

Friday 21 December 2012

Join our Winter Solstice Celebrations

Celebrate the winter solstice with us – explore stalls selling inspiring and unusual gifts, homemade preserves and celebration delights! Mulled wine and carol singing too.

Entrance is free and our wonderful Garden Room will be looking suitably festive.  The Garden Room is a wonderfully creative space in the heart of …

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Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2012

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

NEW DATE DUE TO DEMAND – see below.  Join one of our hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops and create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door.

NEW DATE DUE TO DEMAND!  Monday 10 Dec – 6.30pm – 9pm Saturday 8 Dec – FULLY BOOKED…

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Saturday 1 December 2012

Bookbinding Workshop

Following last year’s successful workshop, we have invited paper-artist and bookbinder Nicola Jackson back to The Garden House.  Participants in her bookbinding workshop will make a single section notebook and then a multiple section, hand-stitched, case bound sketchbook, using their own choice of cloth and paper covers.

Nicola will demonstrate …

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November, 2012

Saturday 24 November 2012

Paper Collage Workshop

Create your own unique Christmas gifts – a small, framed picture, and at least one Christmas card. Illustrator Jane Robbins works in paper collage, combining her life long interest in flat pattern, patchwork and found objects, and mixing them together to produce new decorative images. www.janerobbins.co.uk

Collage is a wonderfully …

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Friday 23 November 2012

Hibernation Supper

Hunker down for the winter – come with your friends to enjoy a ‘pop up’ pre-Christmas supper in our unique and wonderfully cosy Garden House setting, and enjoy our delicious menu of late autumn seasonal dishes:

Pumpkin and apple soup with chestnuts

Beetroot, pecan and goats cheese salad

Prawn saganaki …

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Saturday 10 November 2012

Design and Make a Mosaic Mirror

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!  Design and make a small mosaic mirror – the perfect Christmas gift! Join another of our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways. Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique mirror …

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October, 2012

Monday 29 October 2012

Botanical Illustration: Improvers 6-week Course

Professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale is running a new botanical illustration course for those who wish to improve their skills (and who perhaps attended our beginner’s course earlier this year).

Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and …

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Monday 29 October 2012

Botanical Illustration: Beginners 6-week Course

A wonderful opportunity for beginners who wish to learn the skills and techniques required for this beautiful art form. Aimed at those with little or no experience, this 6 week course will introduce you to the fundamental skills for successful botanical illustration.

Led by professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann …

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October, 2012

Saturday 27 October 2012

Make a Mosaic Stepping Stone

Join another of our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways. Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique stepping-stone to decorate your garden. At the same time learn the techniques to create other mosaic pieces for your …

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Saturday 20 October 2012

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL (look out for new 2013 dates) Join the Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads …

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Saturday 20 October 2012

Tool Sharpening Workshop

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!  Learn how to repair, sharpen and restore your own tools with expert Ian Swain.  Bring along your own well-used tools – secateurs, shears, loppers etc – and take them home shiny and sharp!

Ian started acquiring and restoring more traditional equipment over 15 years …

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October, 2012

Friday 19 October 2012

Artists Gardens: Evening Talk

Join us for a light supper and an entertaining illustrated talk by local artist and journal-maker Sue Wood.  Sue will explore the influence of gardens on various artists and their work – beautiful and inspiring gardens, the majority of which Sue has visited and photographed herself – sharing insights to …

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Saturday 13 October 2012

Create your own Garden Journal

Love the idea of making your own garden journal? Join local artist and journal-maker Sue Wood for our fascinating workshop exploring ways to create your own sketchbook or visual diary using photographs, collage, notes and/or sketches.

“As a practicing visual artist, I have been keeping sketchbooks since I was 16. …

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Friday 12 October 2012

Evening talk with designer Julian Treyer-Evans

Join us and our special guest garden designer Julian Treyer-Evans for an evening talk on The Art of Design: Romantic and Classic Gardens.

Julian Treyer-Evans has designed a very wide range of successful gardens and commercial landscapes, both in Great Britain and abroad. His imagination and extensive plant knowledge mean …

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Friday 5 October 2012

Evening talk with Nymans head gardener Ed Ikin

Join us and our special guest Ed Ikin for a very special evening.  Ed is head gardener at the National Trust’s Nymans Garden in West Sussex and is a passionate advocate of sustainable gardening practices.

Nymans is an outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful …

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September, 2012

Saturday 29 September 2012

Designing with Plants at the Sussex Prairies Garden

The Garden House are delighted once again to join Paul and Pauline McBride at the dramatic Sussex Prairies Garden for a day’s focus on Designing with Plants – an exploration of what makes for dream partnerships – looking at colour, shape, texture and architectural forms of plants.

The day will …

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Starts Monday 24 September, then 1, 8, 15, 22 October, and 5, 12, 19 November 2012

Gardening for Beginners: 8-week course

Due to popular demand, another autumn course for all you first time gardeners out there!  It is designed for the real beginner – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills – and to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden.

Learn the difference …

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Saturday 22 September 2012

Textile Print Workshop

Love the idea of printing your own teatowels? Then join our new ‘Domestic Bliss’ textile print workshop with local designer and maker Kate Strachan.

Design and print your own images onto tea towels or canvas bags. A selection of everyday domestic objects and samples of Kate’s work will be available …

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Starting Wednesday 19 September 2012

Gardening for Beginners: 8-week Course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL!  Our autumn evening course is for all you first time gardeners out there!  It is designed for the real beginner – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills – and to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own …

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Saturday 15 September 2012

Creative Writing Workshop

Gardens, their secrets and stories, landscapes and plants, have inspired many authors.  Join us for this very special workshop led by novelist and award-winning short story writer Julia Widdows, an experienced teacher of creative writing – and a keen gardener!  Both beginners and experienced writers welcome.

Whether you want to …

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Thursday 6 September 2012

Make your own Clay Oven

Love outdoor cooking?  After completing this hands-on workshop you’ll have the confidence to build your own clay oven in which to bake bread and pizzas, and make roasts and stews.

The workshop is run by Sally Francis who has completed a MSc in sustainable building.  She is based in Brighton …

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August, 2012

Friday 31 August 2012

Botanical Drawing: Summer Fruits

Due to popular demand, we’ve added another date! One day botanical illustration workshop suitable for all abilities.

Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale. Learn the art of accurate observation and composition, and experiment with different media …

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Thursday 30 August 2012

Watercolour workshop with Kate Osborne

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL (new 6-week course starting Jan 13, BOOK EARLY!).  We’re delighted to confirm another workshop with inspirational Brighton-based artist, Kate Osborne.  A regular exhibitor during Brighton’s Art Festival, Kate’s light and distinctive hand is much admired – especially by us!

This workshop will be ideal …

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July, 2012

Saturday 28 July 2012

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

Join the Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen. Read about our a recent workshop, click …

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Friday 27 July 2012

Botanical Drawing: Summer Fruits

Don’t miss this one day botanical illustration workshop suitable for all abilities.

Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale. Learn the art of accurate observation and composition, and experiment with different media including pencil, watercolour, pen and …

Find out more >

Saturday 21 July 2012

Intermediate Photography Workshop

Learn more about advanced camera techniques and photographing nature, such as aperture, macro (close-up), filters, colour theory and flash. We will aim for lots of practical work in the Garden House using the natural structures, patterns and summer plant colour.

There will be a review of images at the end …

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Saturday 14 July 2012

Charity Event at The Garden House

The Garden House will be hosting its annual charity event, as always in aid of a local charity.  This year we are supporting Brighton & Hove Sands, a small group which relies heavily on the dedication of its valued volunteers to provide the level of services that parents and their …

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Saturday 7 July 2012

Papier Mache Workshop

Create your own papier mache artwork.  Suitable for both beginners and the more experienced maker, artist Ann Frith will show you how to use this versatile material to the max, to create pictures, mirrors, jewellery and lampshades. Students will have the opportunity to make their own project to take home.…

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Thursday 5 July 2012

Linocut Printmaking Workshop

Create and print your own linocut design at this one-day workshop with local artist Cath Bristow. Cath will lead you through the stages from designing the work and cutting the block to inking up and printing by hand. There will be an opportunity to print your design onto different types …

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Starting Tuesday 3 July 2012

4-day Garden House Summer School

Join our popular ‘hands-on’ summer course that takes you behind the scenes at several inspirational gardens and nurseries. Learn from, and work with, the experts as we talk to head gardeners and owners about their particular gardens or garden businesses.

Tuesday 3 July – we are delighted to start our …

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June, 2012

Saturday 30 June 2012

Hen Keeping in your Garden

Explore the possibility of hen keeping even in a small Brighton garden– our one-day theory and hands-on workshop will teach you all you need to know.

Meet our Garden House hens and get information on suitable breeds, housing and how to keep foxes and other pests at bay. Discover the …

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Friday 29 June 2012

Garden House ‘pop-up’ Restaurant

Enjoy another of our very popular ‘pop-up’ restaurants at The Garden House! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience in our lovely garden room, or in the garden if weather permits.

We can promise you great company and our three-course homemade …

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Thursday 28 June 2012

Watercolour workshop with Kate Osborne

We’re delighted to confirm that inspirational artist, Kate Osborne, is coming to The Garden House.  A regular exhibitor during Brighton’s Art Festival, Kate’s light and distinctive hand is much admired – especially by us!

This workshop will be ideal for those who want to expand their watercolour skills or try …

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Saturday 23 June 2012

Open Garden – Garden Gadabout!

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden for the local Garden Gadabout!

The glorious Garden Gadabout sees a variety of fascinating and beautiful gardens and community spaces across Brighton, Hove and nearby areas, opening their gates to the public across two week ends in June and July to raise …

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Starting Thursday 21 June 2012

Practical Gardening: 5-week course

This practical hands-on course will cover a wide range of seasonal tasks necessary for maintaining a garden.

Propagation and pricking out of seedlings, taking cuttings, preparing a bed for planting, establishment and maintenance of plants, mulching and watering, staking and pruning.  We’ll also consider ideas for attracting birds and wildlife …

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Saturday 16 June 2012

Beginner’s Photography Workshop

Improve your camera skills with local photographer and tutor Laura Dodson. Start with learning more about your camera’s basic functions and then use the beautiful Garden House setting as inspiration for practical exercises exploring composition and basic lighting techniques.

There will be plenty of photographic opportunity for those interested in …

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Saturday 9 June 2012

Join our Bee-Keeping Workshop

Interested in bee keeping?  Keen to attract bees into your garden? Love the idea of harvesting your own honey?  Martin Tothill, a Brighton beekeeper of 4 years, leads this fun workshop. He will clarify the basic principles, the skills and the knowledge needed to become an amateur bee keeper.

What …

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Friday 7 June 2013

Designing show-stopping containers with succulents

Fiona Wemyss runs Blueleaf Plants, a small nursery specialising in hardy and half-hardy succulents. She creates unique and colourful arrangements matching the textures and colours of the plants with containers for small gardens, patios and windowsills.

“Succulents are great if you love plants but don’t have the space or time …

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Saturday 2 June 2012

All you need to know about roses!

Passionate about roses, but need to know more? Rose expert Simon White of Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk is endlessly enthusiastic and so knowledgeable, we look forward to welcoming him back to the GH for the third time!

Simon will take us on a visual journey through the A-Z of …

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May, 2012

Thursday 17 May 2012

Drawing with Pastels Workshop

Explore the joy of working with pastels with illustrator Debbie Hinks, taking inspiration from the beautiful Garden House garden. 

Working entirely from life you will learn how to use chalk pastel to create light, tone, colour and texture.  There will be demonstrations and plenty of one to one advice.  Experiment …

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April, 2012

Monday 30 April 2012

Garden Design: 8-session course

Led by landscape architect Marc Linton BA (Hons) MLI, this comprehensive garden design course will cover the principles of garden and planting design, basic surveying techniques, planting styles, plant spacing and planting plans, with the focus on designing a private garden – perfect for designing your own garden! 

The aim …

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Sunday 29 April 2012

Open Garden – National Garden Scheme

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden, open for the National Garden Scheme!

While an all year opening is neither practical or desirable for smaller garden owners, the long running National Garden Scheme allows many proud gardeners the opportunity to show off their skills for a couple of days …

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Saturday 28 April 2012

Make a Mosaic Stepping Stone

Join another of our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways. Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique stepping-stone to decorate your garden. At the same time learn the techniques to create other mosaic pieces for your …

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Tuesday 24 April 2012

RHS Workshop: Gardening with Early Years Children

Learning outside the classroom is integral to teaching in both primary schools and nursery settings. The introduction of a garden area gives children a wealth of opportunities which contribute to their personal and social development as well as increasing their knowledge of the natural world.  This day will introduce you …

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Saturday 21 April 2012

Growing your own Cut Flowers

If you are thinking about creating a cut flower patch, or just want to grow a few flowers to pick for the house, this workshop will show you how!  The workshop will cover both theory and practice of growing cut flowers – the best sowing and growing techniques so you …

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Friday 20 April 2012

Day trip to Woolbeding Gardens, Midhurst…

Join us on our day trip to Woolbeding Gardens at Midhurst, West Sussex. This 20th-century garden has only recently opened to the public following a period of restoration, and is described by The National Trust as a “truly spectacular and most unusual garden”, whose features include a Chinese bridge, a …

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Saturday 14 April 2012

Make your own Clay Oven

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL…!  Love outdoor cooking? After completing this hands-on workshop you’ll have the confidence to build a clay oven in which to bake bread and pizzas, roasts and stews.

The workshop is run by Sally Francis who has completed a MSc in sustainable building.  She is …

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March, 2012

Saturday 31 March 2012

Create a willow garden structure…

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL…! Inspirational basket maker, Annemarie O’Sullivan, returns to The Garden House to lead a practical willow-weaving workshop.

“My passion is in all things woven, knotted and netted. I make baskets and love to transfer the traditional skills of basket making into larger woven forms.” www.annemarieosullivan.co.uk…

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Saturday 24 March 2012

Botany workshop: intricacies of Garden Flowers

Experienced lecturer in horticulture Julie Hollobone, will introduce gardeners to the basics of plant structure – a truly fascinating subject for anyone passionate about plants, especially flowers!

It will be a hands-on course, carefully slicing up flowers to discover nature’s seemingly endless variety while also finding out how the different …

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Friday 23 March 2012

Evening talk with Fergus Garrett

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL…! Join us and our special guest Fergus Garrett for an evening talk on gardening at Great Dixter, and on Fergus’ favourite plants.

Fergus has worked for over 15 years as Head Gardener at Great Dixter (surely one of the finest gardens in East Sussex), …

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Saturday 17 March 2012

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

Join the Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen. Read about our last workshop, click here.…

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Saturday 17 March 2012

Stained Glass Workshop

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL…! Design and make a beautiful stained glass hanging – perfect for the garden!  Led by experienced and inspiring stained glass artist Annie McMullen, at this workshop you will learn how to cut glass, and   how to combine colour and texture to make your glass …

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March, 2012

Tuesday 13 March 2012

RHS Workshop: Getting Started with a School Garden

Spring is the perfect time to get started with growing in your school.  Whether you’re setting up a garden from scratch or developing an existing site this course will help you to get your pupils and staff growing successfully.  Develop your own skills in basic garden planning & design as …

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Saturday 10 March 2012

Hen Keeping in your Garden…

Explore the possibility of hen keeping even in a small Brighton garden – our one-day theory and hands-on workshop will teach you all you need to know.

Meet our Garden House hens and get information on suitable breeds, housing and how to keep foxes and other pests at bay. Discover …

Find out more >

Saturday 3 March 2012

Make a Green Roof Workshop

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL…!  Nothing expresses your principles like a living roof.  They are key to expanding our urban biodiversity, and offer a host of benefits including improving the performance of solar cells, up to trebling the life of your roof, slowing water-run off and lowering energy inputs …

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February, 2012

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Rag-rugging Workshop

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL…!  Join inspirational craftswoman Sue Samways for our evening workshop on the traditional craft of rag-rugging. This technique of turning unwanted textiles into hard-wearing decorative rugs or hangings has been used for hundreds of years, handed down through the generations.

Sue will show you how …

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Starts Monday 27 February 2012

Botanical Illustration: 6-week course

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL…!  A wonderful opportunity for beginners and improvers to learn the skills and techniques required for this beautiful art form.

Aimed at beginners and those with a little experience, this 6 week course will introduce you to the fundamental skills for successful botanical illustration. Led …

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Saturday 25 February 2012

Flower Arranging: the secrets of a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Ever wished you could rustle up a beautiful bouquet with all the ease and style of a professional florist? Well Barbara Mole, of Brighton’s very inspiring Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium, will show you how. Barbara works with love and care, using each season’s natural bounty, and specialising in creating handmade …

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Monday 20 February 2012

Principles of Horticulture: 16-session course

This comprehensive course will be led by experienced horticulturalist Bridgette Saunders of The Garden House.  It is for those of you who have some basic knowledge and experience of horticulture but wish to develop your skills further.

We have split the course into four modules, covering both theory and practice:…

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Starting 8 February 2012

Intermediate Gardener: 8-week course

This intermediate or second-time gardener course is an ideal extension course if you’ve completed one of our First time Gardener courses and want to learn more, garden with more confidence or simply brush up on your general horticultural skills.

Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for eight weeks studying …

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January, 2012

Saturday 28 January 2012

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

Join the Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen.

Real Pâtisserie is an independent bakery specialising …

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Saturday 21 January 2012

Next steps in Knitting

Know the basics of knit and purl, but want to know more about how to shape your work and follow a pattern? Join expert knitter Julia Hincks for our fun and friendly workshop, and get expert help.  Julie will demonstrate how to follow a pattern, showing you how to shape …

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Saturday 14 January 2012

Sewing: Make a Fabric bag or Cushion

Improve your sewing skills and enjoy a fun, supportive and relaxing day at the Garden House.  Be inspired, make a bag or cushion with expert Julia Hincks – hand-sew or learn to use a machine more effectively.

Fabric bag:  choose the design, add decoration using hand embroidery and applique techniques …

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December, 2011

Sunday 11 December 2011

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops at Much Ado Books, Alfriston

Create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door. We are again collaborating with the wonderful Much Ado Books in Alfriston, holding two wreath-making workshops on Sunday 11 December.

This very special bookshop will also be open, offering both new and second-hand books.  Nash and …

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Friday 9 December and Saturday 10 December 2011

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Join one of our hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops and create a beautiful decorative wreath for inside your house or for your front door.

Friday 9 December – two sessions: 2pm – 4.30pm or 6.30pm – 9pm Saturday 10 December – two sessions: 11am to 1.30pm or 3.30pm to 6pm.…

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Wednesday 7 December 2011

Wine Tasting for Christmas!

Join our latest wine-tasting workshop with expert Henry Butler of local wine merchant The Butler’s Wine Cellar.

We’ll be working our way through a selection of fine wines – wines that Henry recommends for Christmas! If you love wine, but perhaps are not too confident on how to choose and …

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Saturday 3 December 2011

Paper Collage Workshop

Create your own unique Christmas gifts – a small, framed picture, and at least one Christmas card. Illustrator Jane Robbins works in paper collage, combining her life long interest in flat pattern, patchwork and found objects, and mixing them together to produce new decorative images. www.janerobbins.co.uk

Collage is a wonderfully …

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November, 2011

Saturday 26 November 2011

Mistletoe Market

The Garden House is holding a celebration of festive offerings – stalls selling inspiring and unusual gifts, homemade preserves and celebration delights!

Delicious home made lunch will be available or tea and cakes with mulled cider.

Entrance is free and our wonderful Garden Room will be looking suitably festive.  The …

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Saturday 19 November 2011

Bookbinding Workshop

Led by paper-artist and bookbinder Nicola Jackson participants in our bookbinding workshop will make a single section notebook and then a multiple section, stitched, case bound sketchbook, using their own choice of cloth and paper covers.

Nicola will demonstrate the basic bookbinding skills that can be adapted to make many …

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Saturday 12 November 2011

Design and make a Mosaic Mirror

SORRY, ALREADY FULL!  Design and make a small mosaic mirror – the perfect Christmas gift! Join another of our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways. Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique mirror to decorate your …

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Thursday 3 and Thursday 10 November 2011

Jewellery-making Workshop

Join our jewellery-making evening workshops. Led by Val Shore, whose own beautiful beaded pieces are both inspirational and highly covetable! Create and take home your own unique piece – perhaps a delightful Christmas gift for yourself, a relative, or a friend!

On two evenings – Thursday 3 November and Thursday …

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October, 2011

Saturday 29 October 2011

Make your own Felted Tea-Cosy!

Time for tea?  Join expert felt-maker Mary Dean for our fun and friendly workshop and make your own felted tea-cosy!

Mary lives in Brighton has been making felt for the past twelve years. She has an experimental approach to her work, always developing her style and generating new ideas. One …

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Friday 28 October 2011

Make your own Jams and Preserves!

Now that you’ve “grown your own”, what should you do with the excess produce? We have the answer – join our workshop and learn how to make jams, jelly and chutney.

Bring your own jam jars (preferably small ones, they make better gifts!), and we’ll take care of the rest!…

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Saturday 15 October 2011

Botanical Illustration: autumn fruits and berries

Don’t miss this one day botanical illustration workshop suitable for all abilities.

Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale. Learn the art of accurate observation and composition, and experiment with different media including pencil, watercolour, pen and …

Find out more >

Saturday 8 October 2011

Designing with Plants at the Sussex Prairies Garden

The Garden House are delighted to join Paul and Pauline McBride at the dramatic Sussex Prairies Garden for a day’s focus on Designing with Plants – an exploration of what makes for dream partnerships – looking at colour, shape, texture and architectural forms of plants.

The day will begin at …

Find out more >

Thursday 6 October 2011

Create your own Garden Art Journal

Love the idea of making your own garden journal? Join local artist and journal-maker Sue Wood for our small and friendly 10-session creative course where you can create your own sketchbook or visual diary using photographs, collage, notes and/or sketches.

“As a practising visual artist, I have been keeping sketchbooks …

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Starting Wednesday 5 October 2011

First Time Gardener: 8-week course

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL – WE’LL BE ADDING NEW COURSE DATES SOON!  Our autumn course is for all you first time gardeners out there!  It is designed for the real beginner – to improve your knowledge, gardening skills – and to give you all the confidence you need to …

Find out more >

Saturday 1 October 2011

Bread-making with Real Pâtisserie

Join the Garden House and Brighton’s own Real Pâtisserie for a unique baking experience. Working in the Real Pâtisserie bakery, you will learn about the ingredients and the traditional skills that go into creating just the best breads for your own family kitchen.

Real Pâtisserie is an independent bakery specialising …

Find out more >

September, 2011

Saturday 24 September 2011

Creative Writing Workshop

Let the unique setting of the Garden House inspire your writing. Whether you want to work on short stories, a novel, poetry or memoir, everyone needs inspiration and focus. Join us for this very special workshop led by novelist and award-winning short story writer Julia Widdows, an experienced teacher of …

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Friday 9 September 2011

Garden House pop-up restaurant

Following the success of last year’s pop-up restaurants at The Garden House – we’re doing it again! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience.

We can promise you great company and our three-course homemade menu using locally sourced produce where possible …

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Friday 2 September 2011

Visit to the exotic Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Join us on our visit to the wonderfully exotic Ventnor Botanical Gardens on the Isle of Wight. Memories of our last visit sparked off our enthusiasm to go again – and what better time to visit this jewel of a garden than September when the island should be warm and …

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July, 2011

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Make a Mosaic stepping stone…

*THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!  Join our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways.  Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique stepping-stone to decorate your garden. At the same time learn the techniques to create other mosaic …

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Tuesday 26 July 2011

Make a Mosaic Stepping Stone

NEW DATE!  Join another of our very popular Mosaic Workshops, led by local mosaic artist Sue Samways. Sue will inspire you to experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique stepping-stone to decorate your garden. At the same time learn the techniques to create other mosaic pieces …

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Sunday 17 July 2011

Visit Berlin with The Garden House

At The Garden House we love to travel in search of great gardens and new experiences.  Join us for our four-day trip to Berlin in July to savor the gardens and culture of this wonderful vibrant city.

Berlin is a monument of living history. The Berlin Wall came down in …

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Monday 11 July - Thursday 14 July

The Garden House Summer School

Come and join us for a horticultural extravaganza and learn from the experts! Thinking about a career in horticulture or just love plants and gardening?  If so this four-day course is perfect for you – join us, Monday 11 July to Thursday 14 July.

The Garden House Summer School is …

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Friday 8 July 2011

Charity event at The Garden House

The Garden House would like to invite you to our annual charity event.  We’ll be opening on Friday 8 July for two sessions – an afternoon of tea, scrumptious cakes and plant and craft stalls – and an evening that includes cocktails, a buffet supper and live Irish music!

The …

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June, 2011

Saturday 25 June 2011

Open Garden – Garden Gadabout

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden for the Garden Gadabout on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June!

The glorious Garden Gadabout sees a variety of fascinating and beautiful gardens and community spaces across Brighton, Hove and nearby areas, opening their gates to the public across two week ends …

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Friday 17 June

Open Garden – National Garden Scheme

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden on the evening of Friday 17 June!

While an all year opening is neither practical or desirable for smaller garden owners, the long running National Garden Scheme allows many proud gardeners the opportunity to show off their skills for a couple of …

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Saturday 4 June 2011

Make your own Hand-Made Paper

Join local artist Nicola Jackson for this fascinating workshop. Nicola makes paper from coloured waste such as drawing paper, computer paper and envelopes, and will show you how to recycle this raw material into beautiful  decorative paper.

“My interest in colour, pattern and texture led me to papermaking and I …

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Starting Wednesday 1 June 2011

Practical Gardening: 6-week course

This practical hands-on course will cover a wide range of seasonal tasks necessary for maintaining a garden.

Propagation and pricking out of seedlings, taking cuttings, preparing a bed for planting, establishment and maintenance of plants, mulching and watering, staking and pruning.  We’ll also consider ideas for attracting birds and wildlife …

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May, 2011

Saturday 28 May 2011

Join our Bee Keeping Workshop

Interested in bee keeping?  Keen to attract bees into your garden? Love the idea of harvesting your own honey?  Martin Tothill, a Brighton beekeeper of 4 years, leads this fun workshop. He will clarify the basic principles, the skills and the knowledge needed to become an amateur bee keeper.

What …

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Saturday 21 May 2011

Make your own Felted Tea-Cosy!

Time for tea?  Join expert felt-maker Mary Dean for our fun and friendly workshop and make your own felted tea-cosy!

Mary lives in Brighton has been making felt for the past twelve years. She has an experimental approach to her work, always developing her style and generating new ideas. One …

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Starts Monday 16 May 2011

Garden Design with Peter Thurman

Another of our very successful design courses led by Peter Thurman – arboricultural and horticultural consultant, and expert in designing with plants.

Kew trained, Peter has tackled thousands of design projects in over 30 years as a landscape and garden designer – from small town gardens, to country estates and …

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Saturday 14 May 2011

Join our Crochet Workshop…

Would you like to enjoy flowers all year round? Well, why not crochet your own!  Join our fun and friendly workshop led by local expert Julia Hincks.

Whether you’ve tried before and forgotten how, or have never picked up a hook and yarn, Julia will demonstrate the basics of crochet …

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Sunday 8 May 2011

Visit the Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor; also Marchants Hardy Plants nursery

Join us for our visit to the spectacular Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor in Ticehurst, East Sussex.  The Festival is undoubtedly one of the highlights of spring – you will be mesmerised by the sheer volume of colour and variety of the massed tulips.

The Festival was originated to celebrate …

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April, 2011

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Tasting: Wines for Easter!

Join our latest wine-tasting workshop with expert Henry Butler of local wine merchant The Butler’s Wine Cellar.

We’ll be working our way through a selection of fine wines – whichever wines are top of Henry’s ‘must try’ list for that week. If you love wine, but perhaps are not too …

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Friday 8 April 2011

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival: Garden House pop-up restaurant…

Following the success of last year’s pop-up restaurants at The Garden House – we’re doing it again! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience.

We can promise you great company and our three-course homemade menu using locally sourced produce where possible …

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Saturday 9 April 2011

Pruning – why, when, how!

At this popular workshop Bridgette Saunders will again demystify the art of pruning your shrubs by teaching and demonstrating the why, when and how!

There will be plenty of opportunities to experience hands-on pruning – working on The Garden House shrubs – whilst we highlight best practice and safety, and …

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Starting Monday 4 April 2011

Gardens of the Past: 1300 – 1800

Medieval Pottagers to Regency Flower Gardens.  This fascinating and informative course is led by Dr. Lucy Cotes; garden designer, lecturer and garden historian.

In six individual sessions Lucy will consider the gardens of the past from monastic medieval gardens to the landscape gardens of the gentry.

Looking at slides and …

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Saturday 2 April 2011

Garden DIY Workshop

We’ve a few places left – contact us now to enjoy this great workshop!

Not sure how to put up shelves? Or how to safely use a drill in the house and garden? Wondering if you can attempt to put up a shed or archway in your garden or allotment?…

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March, 2011

Starts Wednesday 6 April 2011

First Time Gardener for Garden and Allotment

Make the best of your allotment or vegetable garden – especially designed for the first time gardener, our 6-session course covers everything you need to know to get you started with confidence.

The hands-on sessions will take you through all the stages of seasonal cycles, the naming of plants, knowing …

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Sunday 27 March 2011

Open Garden – National Garden Scheme

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden on the afternoon of Sunday 27 March!

While an all year opening is neither practical or desirable for smaller garden owners, the long running National Garden Scheme allows many proud gardeners the opportunity to show off their skills for a couple of …

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Friday 25 March 2011

Creative Plant Staking…

Create your own natural plant support using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by horticulturalist Bea Andrews. For four years Bea was Head Gardener at Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill garden, she has recently move to Brighton, and we’re delighted to welcome her back to The Garden House.  …

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Starting Monday 21 March 2011

First Time Gardener 8-week course

This course is for all you first time gardeners out there!  It is designed for the real beginner – to improve your knowledge, gardening skills – and to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden.

Learn the difference between trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials, …

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Friday 18 March 2011

Open garden and seasonal tasks workshop

The Garden House is again open for FREE! Drop by for seasonal advice, buy plants and seeds – and we’ll have useful handouts to take away with you.

Bring a friend and enjoy tea or coffee and homemade cake.

The open afternoon starts at 3pm and finishes at approx. 6pm.…

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Saturday 12 March 2011

Hen keeping in your garden…

Explore the possibility of hen keeping even in a small Brighton garden – our one-day theory and hands-on workshop will teach you all you need to know.

Meet our Garden House hens and get information on suitable breeds, housing and how to keep foxes and other pests at bay. Discover …

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Friday 2 March 2012

Garden House pop-up Restaurant

Enjoy another of our very popular ‘pop-up’ restaurants at The Garden House! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy a unique eating experience.

We can promise you great company and our three-course homemade menu using locally sourced produce where possible (menu details tbc).  The warm …

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February, 2011

Saturday 12 February 2011

Visit Anglesey Abbey for the Snowdrops and Winter Garden

*THIS GARDEN VISIT IS NOW FULL…

Join us for an early spring visit to the stunning gardens of Anglesey Abbey. Truly a garden for all seasons – but particularly beautiful in February when it is at it’s most spectacular, and drifts of white snowdrops and yellow aconites add colour to …

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Starts Wednesday 8 February 2012

Second Time Gardener 8-week course

An ideal extension course if you’ve completed one of our First time Gardener courses.  Also ideal if you want to garden with more confidence or simply brush up on your general horticultural skills.

Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for eight weeks studying plants, planting and seasonal tasks in …

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Saturday 5 February 2011

Garden DIY Workshop

**THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL – we have another workshop running on Saturday 2 April.

Not sure how to put up shelves? Or how to safely use a drill in the house and garden? Wondering if you can attempt to put up a shed or archway in your garden or …

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Starting Wednesday 2 February 2011

Second Time Gardener 8-week course

An ideal extension course if you’ve completed one of our First time Gardener courses.  Also ideal if you want to garden with more confidence and brush up your general horticultural skills.

Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for eight weeks studying plants, planting and seasonal tasks in greater depth.…

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January, 2011

Saturday 29 January 2011

Make your own Marmalade…

Following the success of our preserving workshop in October, we are holding offer an exciting new workshop – marmalade making! Such a lovely thing to do in the dark January days and Seville oranges are available for such a short time at the beginning of the year – they are …

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Saturday 22 January 2011

Knit one, purl one…learn to knit!

Complete beginner or just want to get started again? Join expert knitter Julia Hincks for our fun and friendly workshop, designed to give you the confidence to complete your own knitting project – ideal for the complete beginner or those wishing to improve their skills.

Julia will demonstrate the basics: …

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Friday 21 January 2011

Open garden and seasonal tasks workshop

The Garden House is again open for FREE! This time we’ll be offering demonstrations on seasonal tasks like seed growing and pruning, with useful handouts to take away with you.

We’ll have a variety of seeds and plants for sale, also tea or coffee and homemade cake.

The open afternoon …

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December, 2010

16 December 2009

Create a Christmas floral decoration

Create a unique floral decoration for your Christmas table with the inspirational florist, Norie Fujimori.

Norie trained at the prestigious De Master Dutch Flower School in Tokyo and with internationally renowned florists Jane Packer and Paula Pryke, and has worked at one of Brighton’s most prestigious florists.

Following the success …

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Thursday 16 December 2010

Christmas Wine Tasting!

After a wonderful evening last month when Henry Butler took us on a tasting journey of wines from several countries, we have invited him back with the focus on choosing suitable wines for our festive meals over Christmas. Henry will guide us through different grapes, countries, styles and prices of …

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Saturday 11 December 2010

Christmas Fayre

The Garden House is holding a celebration of festive offerings – stalls selling inspiring and unusual gifts, homemade preserves and celebration delights! Food, mulled wine and live music – join us, we look forward to meeting you!  Open from 1pm – 4pm.

Our wonderful Garden Room will be looking suitably …

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Sunday 5 December 2010

NEW! Wreath-making workshops in Alfriston

As our Brighton-based Wreath-Making Workshops are now full, we’ve arranged two NEW sessions! Create a beautiful decorative swag or wreath for inside your house or for your front door.

For these special sessions we are collaborating with the wonderful Much Ado Books in Alfriston.  The workshops will take place in …

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Friday 3, Saturday 4 December 2010

Christmas wreath-making workshops

NOW FULLY BOOKED!  Join one of our three hugely popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops and create a beautiful decorative swag or wreath for inside your house or for your front door.

Friday 3 December from 6.30pm to 9pm / Saturday 4 December from 11am to 1.30pm, OR 3pm to 5.30pm.

We …

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November, 2010

Tuesday 23 November, Tuesday 7 December 2010

Jewellery making: two-part workshop

Join our jewellery-making evening workshops. Led by Val Shore, whose own beautiful beaded pieces are both inspirational and highly covetable! Create and take home your own unique piece – a delightful gift for yourself, a relative, or a friend’s birthday!

On two evenings – Tuesday 23 November and Tuesday 7 …

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Tuesdays 16 and 30 November 2010

Rag-rugging: two-part workshop

Join inspirational craftswoman Sue Samways for our two-part workshop on the traditional craft of rag-rugging:  Tuesday evenings 16 and 30 November. This technique of turning unwanted textiles into hard-wearing decorative rugs or hangings has been used for hundreds of years, handed down through the generations.

Sue will show you how …

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October, 2010

Saturday 30 October

Make your own Jams and Preserves!

Now that you’ve “grown your own”, what should you do with the excess produce? We have the answer – join our workshop on Saturday 30th October and learn how to make jams, pickles, chutneys and a variety of liqueurs.

Bring your own jam jars (preferably small ones, they make better …

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Friday 29 October 2010

Wine tasting with Henry Butler

Join our ‘round the world wine tasting’ with expert Henry Butler of local wine merchant The Butler’s Wine Cellar.

We’ll be working our way through champagne, whites, reds and a dessert wine – whichever wines are top of Henry’s ‘must try’ list for that week. If you love wine, but …

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Wednesday 27 October 2010

Autumn colour walk: Sheffield Park

Join us for our autumn walk around Sheffield Park and Garden. Our main focus will be the glorious autumn colour as the many rare trees and shrubs turn yellow, gold and red…

This magnificent informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown and further developed …

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Friday 22 October 2010

Pumpkin carving with Jo Sweeting

What could be more evocative of autumn than a carved Halloween pumpkin? Local artist Jo Sweeting will lead our evening workshop, showing us how to create a unique and personal pumpkin carving.

Jo typically carves stone but her pumpkins are a sight to behold!  Think of making a carved pumpkin …

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Friday 22 October 2010

Open garden and Seasonal Tasks workshop

Following the success of our Taster Day back in September, we’ve decided to again open The Garden House for FREE! This time we’re offering demonstrations on seasonal tasks like propagation and bulb-planting, with useful hand-outs to take away with you.

We’ll have a variety of bulbs for sale, also tea …

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October, 2010

starts Monday 18 October

Garden Design with Peter Thurman

We are delighted to announce our eight-week garden design course led by Peter Thurman – arboricultural and horticultural consultant, and expert in designing with plants.

Kew trained, Peter has tackled thousands of design projects in over 30 years as a landscape and garden designer – from small town gardens, to …

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Saturday 16 October

Creative Writing workshop…

Gardens, their secrets and stories, landscapes and plants, have inspired many authors. Join us for this very special workshop led by novelist and award-winning short story writer Julia Widdows, an experienced teacher of creative writing – and a keen gardener!

Using the garden around us for inspiration and a peaceful …

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Starts 13 October 2010 for 10 weeks

First Time Gardener 10-week course

Our First Time Gardener course is designed to give you the confidence and skills needed to tackle and enjoy your own garden. Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for ten weeks improving your knowledge and gardening skills.

The course includes advice on how to assess and survey a garden …

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1-10 October 2010

Garden House visit to South Africa…

FULLY BOOKED! We leave on Friday 1 October for South Africa.  Spring – when the Cape is covered with field upon field of flowers in bloom – is a wonderful time for gardening enthusiasts to visit…

We look forward to updating you on our return!

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September, 2010

Saturday 18 September 2010

Pests and Diseases with Harvest

Run in conjunction with Harvest our workshop on Pests and Diseases will show you how to identify and deal with the most common garden problems using a range of different methods.

Harvest Brighton & Hove is a partnership project which co-ordinates a city wide, integrated approach to producing more food …

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Saturday 11 September 2010

A Year in the Cutting Garden…

This inspiring and practical workshop will be lead by former head gardener at Perch Hill, Bea Andrews. Perch Hill you’ll recall is Sarah Raven’s wonderful garden in East Sussex, where Sarah and Bea created the ‘bold and beautiful’ cutting gardens that have inspired several books.

Bea will suggest the best …

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Saturday 4 September 2010

Taster day, bulbs, book signing and Terre a Terre foodie day!

Come along to The Garden House and join our FREE mini-events day!

To preview our autumn events we’ve asked many of the course-leaders to hold mini taster sessions, discussing their upcoming workshops and courses and showing examples of their work.  Come and meet them!

Bridgette Saunders will be signing copies …

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Friday 3 September 2010

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival: Garden House pop-up restaurant…

Following the success of our first pop-up restaurant back in July – we’re doing it again! Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy outdoor eating at its best.  We can promise you great company, a beautiful setting in The Garden House garden (tented if it …

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Wednesday 1 September 2010

Visit to Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill Farm cutting garden…

If you have never been to Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill Farm in East Sussex, it’s a must – and if you have been before, I just know you’ll want to visit again!

The gardens are only open on certain days to the public, or special days for groups like ours …

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July, 2010

Saturday 24 July 2010

Introduction to Pen and Ink Drawing

Join us for an inspirational and creative day with local artist Debbie Hovell. Debbie is an experienced teacher and will be able to guide you through the creative process of pen and ink drawing.

Take home a finished piece of work!  Using this exciting medium, we will explore a variety …

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Tuesday 13 July 2010

Knitting Workshop 2: Colour…

Join expert knitter Julia Hincks for the second of our two knitting workshops.  This time the focus is on colour – how to use colour to create subtle or bold effects.

Julia’s skill extends to not just helping you develop your knitting techniques but also in giving you the confidence …

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Saturday 10 July 2010

Alys Fowler workshop: the ‘edible garden’…

We’re delighted to welcome Alys Fowler to The Garden House. Alys, the well-known writer and horticulturalist, and Gardener’s World presenter, will lead a workshop on the ‘edible garden’.

“I want a beautifully productive garden that weaves together flowers, fruit and vegetables in a way that mimics natural systems, – so …

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Tuesday 6 July 2010

Knitting Workshop 1: Cable and Texture…

Join expert knitter Julia Hincks for our fun and friendly workshop, designed to give you the confidence to complete your own knitting project.

For this evening workshop Julia will focus on creating texture in your work, using cable and other 3D techniques.

Bring your own project to develop ideas. If …

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5 - 8 July 2010

Summer School 2010

The Garden House Summer School is our popular ‘hands-on’ summer course that takes you behind the scenes at several inspirational gardens and nurseries.

Suitable for all levels of horticultural knowledge and skills, the course will include plant identification, pruning, propagation, general maintenance and care of vegetables, herbaceous and shrub borders.…

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Friday 2 July 2010

All back to our place!

The Garden House invites you to its first “pop-up restaurant”. Come on your own or bring a group of friends to enjoy outdoor eating at its best.  We can promise you great company, a beautiful setting in The Garden House garden (tented if it looks like rain!) – and great …

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June, 2010

Wednesday 23 June 2010

Mottisfont Abbey and Houghton Lodge

Join us to visit the old-fashioned roses at Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire! The historic house, built on the 12th century remains of an Augustinian priory, stands in glorious landscaped grounds. However, our main focus of interest will be the walled garden, home to their national collection of old-fashioned roses.

We will …

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Saturday 19 June 2010

Make your own herbal medicines…

A practical and fun workshop where you will learn about harvesting medicinal plants, and how to make medicinal tinctures, syrups, tooth paste, decoctions and ointments.

Learn about the weeds that heal and make your own remedies. Take your health into your hands and learn how to use the herbs in …

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Friday 18 June 2010

Open garden – National Gardens Scheme

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden on the evening of Friday 18 June!

While an all year opening is neither practical or desirable for smaller garden owners, the long running National Garden Scheme allows many proud gardeners the opportunity to show off their skills for a couple of …

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Tuesday 15 June 2010

Jewellery Making Workshop

Join our wonderful jewellery-making evening workshop. Led by Val Shore, whose own beautiful beaded pieces are both inspirational and highly covetable! Create and take home your own unique piece – a delightful gift for yourself, a relative, or a friend’s birthday!

Val will show you how to string beads to …

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starts Wednesday 9 June 2010

The Garden House Plant School

For the first time, we’ve created a course designed specifically to help you further develop your knowledge of plants and their families, how and where to use them.

This will also be a very special opportunity to talk with the experts!  We have invited plant experts Graham Gough, Julie Hollobone …

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May, 2010

Thursday 13 May 2010

Question Time for Gardeners!

If you are wondering what to plant, considering growing your own vegetables or need to identify a pest or disease, then come along and join what promises to be a fun and enlightening evening.

To introduce the annual Garden Gadabout, the organisers have put together a real treat – Question …

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Saturday 8 May 2010

Create a willow garden structure…

Inspirational basket maker, Annemarie O’Sullivan, returns to The Garden House to lead a practical willow-weaving workshop.

“My passion is in all things woven, knotted and netted. I make baskets and love to transfer the traditional skills of basket making into larger woven forms.” www.annemarieosullivan.co.uk

Using different types and colours of …

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April, 2010

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Talk: the herbal home first aid kit!

What traditional herbal first aid remedies and herbs should you include in your home medicine chest? At our evening talk you will learn about a range of herbs, many of which have traditionally been used to treat a wide variety of ailments – and which can be used as an …

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Saturday 17 April 2010

Visit Beth Chatto’s garden…

Join us on our visit to Beth Chatto’s inspirational garden at Colchester, Essex. Renowned for her innovative style, Beth Chatto has transformed the “wilderness” (her words), that she and her husband were faced with in 1960, into one of the most inspirational gardens in England.

The nursery is well stocked, …

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Friday 16 April 2010

Creative plant staking…

Create your own natural plant support using hazel, birch and willow at our exciting workshop led by horticulturalist Bea Andrews. For four years Bea was Head Gardener at Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill garden, she has recently move to Brighton, and we’re delighted to welcome her to The Garden House. For …

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March, 2010

Sunday 28 March 2010

Open garden – National Gardens Scheme

Visit the delightful and inspiring Garden House garden on Sunday 28 March!

While an all year opening is neither practical or desirable for smaller garden owners, the long running National Garden Scheme allows many proud gardeners the opportunity to show off their skills for a couple of days each year.…

Find out more >

Saturday 20 March 2010

Pruning – why, when, how!

At this popular workshop Bridgette Saunders will again demystify the art of pruning your shrubs by teaching and demonstrating the why, when and how!

There will be plenty of opportunities to experience hands-on pruning – working on The Garden House shrubs – whilst we highlight best practice and safety, and …

Find out more >

Tuesdays 16 and 30 March 2010

Rag-rug making; two-part course

Join inspirational craftswoman Sue Samways for our two-part course on the traditional craft of rag-rugging:  Tuesday evenings 16 and 30 March. This technique of turning unwanted textiles into hard-wearing decorative rugs or hangings has been used for hundreds of years, handed down through the generations.

Sue will show you how …

Find out more >

Saturday 13 March 2010

Hen keeping in your garden…

Learn all about keeping hens – our one-day theory and hands-on workshop will teach you all you need to know.

Meet our Garden House hens and get information on suitable breeds, housing and how to keep foxes and other pests at bay. Learn the benefits of hen keeping, how they …

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Starts 10 March 2010 for 10 weeks

How to be a Gardener…

This course is designed to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden. Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for ten weeks improving your knowledge and gardening skills.

The course includes advice on how to assess and survey a garden – the garden’s …

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Tues 16, 23, 30 March 2010

Mosaics: three-session course

Back by popular demand, experienced mosaicist Sue Samways will lead a three-session course, teaching traditional mosaic techniques.  Experiment with colour, pattern and texture to create a totally unique piece (or two!) for your garden or home.

Tuesdays 16, 23 and 30 March 2010.

Cost: £100 (for three-sessions) – to include …

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Saturday 6 March 2010

All about Grasses…

Expert grower Monica Lucas talks about ornamental grasses, sedges and rushes – which to select and how to grow and propogate them.

If you’re excited by the possibilities of prairie-style planting, inspired by the planting schemes of Piet Oudolf, but don’t know how to make this work in your garden …

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February, 2010

Saturday 27 February 2010

Knit one, purl one…learn to knit!

Complete beginner or just want to get started again? Join expert knitter Julia Hinks for our fun and friendly workshop, designed to give you the confidence to complete your own knitting project.

Julia will demonstrate the basics: making a slip knot and casting on, how to knit and purl, simple …

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Friday 26 February 2010

Watching the weather!

Ian Currie, editor of Weather Eye magazine, gives a fascinating evening talk helping us to understand more about our ever-changing weather.

Do we really talk incessantly about the weather? Well yes, as gardeners it is so important that we prepare and protect for both rain, wind and snow, as much …

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Saturday 13 February 2010

Visit to RHS Wisley…

Wisley is undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world. Its huge plant collection is also diverse, with a comprehensive fruit-growing collection, alpines, vegetables, bulbs as well as herbaceous and woody plants.

Join The Garden House for an inspiring tour of the gardens – the winter flowering shrubs will …

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Friday 12 February 2010

Haiti appeal – bring and buy event

Like everyone, we feel pretty helpless seeing the devastation in Haiti and have decided to try to raise as much cash as possible to send to the HAITI EARTHQUAKE CHILDREN’S APPEAL, through unicef, www.unicef.org.uk

It’s rather short notice but we would like to invite you to our BRING AND BUY …

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January, 2010

Saturday 30 January 2010

All about bees and beekeeping…

Are bees disappearing and does it matter? Could I keep bees in my garden? Why do bees swarm? These and all your other questions will be answered by bee-keeper Pam Hunter at our Saturday workshop.

Anyone with an interest in gardening, the environment, plants, the countryside and those just curious …

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Friday 22 January 2010

Evening talk: Muck and Money!

Local historian, Geoff Mead, will lead a fascinating talk on the changes experienced farming in Sussex over the past century; also the dramatic changes that occurred in the late 19th century and the impact these have had on present day agriculture. Geoff’s talks are always really interesting, full of fun …

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Saturday 16 January 2010

How to prune Fruit Trees

Bryn Thomas, from Brighton Permaculture, has been pruning fruit trees for many years and will demystify fruit pruning by teaching and demonstrating the various methods.

By learning to prune your own trees you can both save money and also learn how to manage your fruit trees to obtain maximum fruiting.…

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December, 2009

4-5 December 2009

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop

Get creative! Join our Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops and create a beautiful wreath for inside your house or for your front door.

Friday, December 4th from 4.30 – 7.00 / Saturday, December 5th from 11.00 – 1.30, or 3.00 to 5.30.

We provide an abundance of gorgeous fresh foliage, sumptuous berries, …

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November, 2009

28 November 2009

Christmas fayre

The Garden House is holding a celebration of festive offerings – stalls selling inspiring and unusual gifts, homemade preserves and Christmas delights! Food, mulled wine and live music – join us, we look forward to meeting you! Open from 11.30 – 3.30.

And, one of our favourite local nurseries, Rapkyns …

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starts 4 November 2009 for ten weeks

How to be a Gardener

This course is designed to give you all the confidence you need to tackle and enjoy your own garden. Spend a few hours each Wednesday evening for ten weeks improving your knowledge and gardening skills.

The course includes advice on how to assess and survey a garden – the garden’s …

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September, 2009

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Everything you want to know about roses!

Spend a day indulging your passion for roses! Last year we visited Peter Beales nursery in Norfolk for a pruning workshop and were so impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the team that we booked rose expert SimonWhite to run this one-day course.

Our passion for roses is growing …

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