Informative & inspirational events, talks, courses & workshops

Past Events

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Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail Open Weekend

Saturday 25th July 2020 - Sunday 26th July 2020

Be prepared for a riot of colour! The first time Bridgette Saunders has opened her unique Brighton garden for the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail.  Visit us and support a very worthwhile charity.

Cancelled

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Master Class: Be Inspired by Colour

Thursday 18th June 2020

Be inspired by ideas both new and traditional as you explore the use of colour in your garden. Consider new and eye-catching planting combinations while focussing on the all-important skill of choosing and working with colour.

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Summer Garden Gadabout – Chatsworth RHS Flower Show and more!

Friday 12th June 2020 - Tuesday 16th June 2020

We are really thrilled to be able to tell you about our summer trip this year – a trip to Chatsworth RHS Flower Show (www.chatsworth.org) plus much, much more!

Cancelled

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Inspired by the Garden: Painting on Silk

Monday 8th June 2020 - Tuesday 9th June 2020

We are delighted that inspirational artist Hilary Simon is returning to the Garden House for a two-day workshop teaching the French technique of ‘Painting on Silk’ using gum resist ‘gutta’ and vibrant translucent dyes. The results are gorgeous!

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Make and Bind Your Own A5 Notebook

Thursday 28th May 2020

We are delighted to invite bookbinder and book restorer Holly Smith to the Garden House. In this practical workshop you will learn how to make your own A5 notebook using the sewn board structure.

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Talk and Supper with West Dean Head Gardener, Tom Brown

Thursday 21st May 2020

We are delighted to invite Tom Brown, Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens and former Head Gardener at Parham Gardens, to the Garden House for a sparkling evening, talking plants and gardens!

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Learn ‘Sashiko’ Stitch and the Art of Japanese Mending

Thursday 7th May 2020

Sashiko is a Japanese form of decorative reinforcement stitching - it translates directly as “little stabs” and was originally used to patch Japanese kimonos.

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Master Class: Growing Vegetables

Thursday 30th April 2020

Learn some of the key lessons for planning, creating and maintaining your own vegetable patch, with a mix of hands-on practical demonstrations and classroom-based theory.

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Afternoon Talk by Plantswoman Rose Hardy

Wednesday 29th April 2020

We’re delighted to welcome back Rosy Hardy of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants for a talk on Spring-flowering perennials.

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National Garden Scheme Open Weekend

Saturday 25th April 2020 - Sunday 26th April 2020

Visit one of Brighton’s secret gardens - the unique Garden House has been opening for the NGS for over 10 years now. In spring look out for early displays of bulbs and vegetables.

Cancelled

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Pruning with the Experts at Architectural Plants

Thursday 16th April 2020

Join us for an exclusive Garden House workshop at Architectural Plants in Sussex - get your hands dirty and give everything a go under expert guidance and tuition.

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Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

Wednesday 15th April 2020 - Wednesday 17th June 2020

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

Fully booked

Fully booked

Workshop: How to Stake Your Plants

Thursday 9th April 2020

Join us for this creative and practical afternoon workshop. Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and this is the perfect time of year to prepare support structures for your plants well before they put on a lot of growth and become unruly!

Postponed

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Workshop: How to Stake Your Plants

Thursday 9th April 2020

Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and this is the perfect time of year to prepare support structures for your plants well before they put on a lot of growth and become unruly!

Postponed

Make a Round Willow Basket

Thursday 19th March 2020

Learn how to make a traditional round willow basket, suitable for bread or fruit, with expert basket maker Christiane Gunzi.

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A Year in the Garden: SPRING Course

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Are you looking to increase your gardening skills and knowledge and be more creative within your own space?  Then this practical gardening course is for you! Each season we will be running a series of six sessions, starting with SPRING.

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Decorative Paper Cutting Workshop

Monday 2nd March 2020

Try something new this year - learn the skills of paper cutting! This relaxing craft is also very low cost - you only need paper, scalpel and a cutting mat to get started. This paper cutting workshop will be lead by Brighton-based artist Suz Snow.

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National Garden Scheme Open Day

Friday 28th February 2020

Visit one of Brighton’s secret gardens - the unique Garden House has been opening for the NGS for over 10 years now. In early spring look out for displays of emerging bulbs and vegetables.

Cancelled

Visit to Anglesey Abbey’s Magical Winter Garden

Monday 24th February 2020

In 2014 we visited the glorious Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey and were bowled over by its extraordinary beauty - so we have decided on a return visit. These exquisite gardens boasts colour, scent and structure - winter bark, shrubs, hellebores, early bulbs as well as drifts of Anglesey's famous Snowdrops

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Lino Cut Printmaking Workshop

Tuesday 18th February 2020

Join Brighton-based print maker Amy Douglas and learn how to create and print using the Lino Cut method based on your own design. Ideas for seed packets, bottle and jam jar labels, greetings cards – there are endless possibilities! 

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6-Session Propagation Course

Wednesday 12th February 2020

This exciting new 6-week course will cover the principles of propagation – both vegetative and from seed - for climbers, conifers, shrubs, pond plants, rockery plants, ornamental border plants (perennials, biennials and annuals), trees and bulbs.

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Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops

Saturday 7th December 2019 - Sunday 8th December 2019

Join one of our popular Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops in the cosy Garden House – these workshops mark the beginning of the festive season for us and for many of you who come each year!

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‘Personal Memory’ Stitching Workshop

Wednesday 4th December 2019

Led by textile artist Marilyn Willis, you will incorporate photographs and pieces of family memorabilia, also vintage jewellery, buttons and lace, to evoke a stitched personal memory.

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Who Dares Prune?

Saturday 9th November 2019

Join us for a day celebrating the rose with expert Simon White of award winning Peter Beales Nursery in Norfolk. Super knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic about roses, Simon is leading this practical workshop on how to prune roses, plus all-year care of roses.

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Fully booked

Andy Sturgeon Talk at The Garden House

Thursday 7th November 2019

We are delighted to confirm that Andy Sturgeon, winner of eight Gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show and this years Best in Show, is to give a talk at The Garden House this November; a fund raising event for local charity, Emmaus.

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Basketry for Beginners

Monday 4th November 2019

We have invited basket-maker Christiane Gunzi to lead this one-day workshop - an ideal first step into the world of basket weaving. It is aimed both at beginners and those who’ve done a bit of weaving.

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Planted Pop Up – a Seasonal Autumn Supper!

Friday 25th October 2019

We are delighted to announce our latest pop up date - an evening of seasonal eating at The Garden House with WeArePlanted.com. Autumn is here, we'll be getting cosy and we may even fire up the log burner!

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Create a Beautiful Alpine Trough

Thursday 17th October 2019

Having long admired the Alpine Trough displays at Chelsea Flower Show, we thought we’d love to have a go – so we have invited Wendy Bates from Rotherview Nursery near Hastings (which won a Gold Medal at Chelsea this year!) to run a workshop here at the Garden House.

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Day Trip: Visiting Two Special Gardens in Sandwich, Kent

Thursday 3rd October 2019

We are delighted to be visiting the Salutation garden in Sandwich, Kent, where the innovative Steve Edney is Head Gardener. Also Steve's private garden 'Sweetbriar'. Supper at Salutation is included in this day/evening outing.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019

Friday 27th September 2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019 is nearly here! This will be Macmillan's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer, and your support means Macmillan can be right there for more people living with cancer.

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Master Class: Growing Vegetables

Saturday 21st September 2019

Learn all you need to know about growing vegetables. Max Crisfield is responsible for the kitchen garden at Parham House and Gardens in West Sussex, an acre of beautiful and productive potager-style vegetable parterres and cut flower borders.

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Evening talk: Mushroom Magic

Friday 20th September 2019

Join us for an entertaining illustrated talk on all things fungal by Brighton-based wild mushroom expert Geoff Dann.

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Afternoon Tea at The Garden House

Friday 20th September 2019

An afternoon charity fundraiser in aid of Maternity Worldwide. Join us in saving lives in childbirth with delicious homemade sandwiches and cakes, a glass of fizz and unlimited refills of tea!

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The Allure of Plants: 6-session course

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Extend your plant knowledge and relish the delights of different plants and their place in the garden from both a design and a horticultural perspective.

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Guns, ghosts and guerrilla gardening: The life and times of Ellen Willmott

Thursday 8th August 2019

Garden writer and long-time friend of The Garden House Steve Bustin joins us to explore the life and times of one of Edwardian Britain’s greatest plant collectors, Ellen Willmott.

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Beginner’s Guide to Floral Design

Monday 5th August 2019 - Wednesday 7th August 2019

Join lecturer in floristry, Arete Richards, for this 3-session workshop - a wonderful opportunity to indulge your inner florist by learning the art of floral design.

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Planted Pop Up – a Seasonal Summer Supper!

Friday 26th July 2019

Come and join us at the beautiful Garden House in Brighton for an evening of seasonal eating, a plant-based pop up supper.

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Inspired by the Garden: Painting on Silk

Friday 26th July 2019 - Saturday 27th July 2019

We are delighted to invite artist Hilary Simon to the Garden House for a two-day workshop teaching the French technique of ‘Painting on Silk’ using gum resist ‘gutta’ and vibrant translucent dyes.

Find out more

Master Class: Be Inspired by Colour

Thursday 25th July 2019

Be inspired by ideas both new and traditional as you explore the use of colour in your garden. Consider new and vibrant planting combinations while focussing on the all-important skill of choosing and working with colour.

Find out more

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Garden House trip: Magic of Ireland

Saturday 29th June 2019 - Saturday 6th July 2019

Join our Garden House trip to the gardens of Dublin and Cork – Saturday 29 June to Saturday 06 July 2019 - to visit and share the magic of some very special gardens.

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OASIS Midsummer Solstice Afternoon Tea & Soirée

Friday 21st June 2019

Celebrate the longest day of the year while exploring the magical Garden House, and enjoy live music, tea and cake, drinks and canapés.

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Rose Growing Made Easy

Friday 31st May 2019

Join us for a day celebrating the rose with expert Simon White of award winning Peter Beales Nursery in Norfolk

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Next Steps in Gardening: 5-session course

Thursday 30th May 2019

Theoretical and a practical course, ideal for those who have participated on our beginners gardening course or who simply wish to expand their horticultural knowledge and skills.

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Hand Embroidery Inspired by the Garden

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Join embroiderer Marilyn Willis for an inspiring workshop creating your own flower-embroidered piece inspired by the beautiful flowers in the garden. 

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National Garden Scheme Open Weekend

Saturday 27th April 2019 - Sunday 28th April 2019

Visit us to see a riot of tulip colour in the borders and in containers! OPEN: Saturday 27 / Sunday 28 April, 11.30am – 4.30pm

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‘Planted’ Pop-up Seasonal Dinner!

Friday 26th April 2019 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for an evening of seasonal eating. Brighton-based 'Planted' will be serving up 3 courses of plant-based goodness, welcoming you with botanical cocktail and canapes whilst you walk around the garden to admire the bounties of spring. 

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Botanical illustration, Beginners and Improvers: 4-session course

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Tuesday 14th May 2019 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

4-session botanical illustration course suitable for beginners and improvers, working with specimens from the garden to create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.

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Garden House trip to Japan

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - Saturday 6th April 2019

April 2019 we will enjoy our third trip to Japan – this time in spring to see the renowned and very beautiful cherry blossom! We will be staying in 4-star hotels in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hakone and Tokyo, visiting the wondrous gardens, shrines and temples, and enjoying the food and culture.  

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Workshop: How to Stake Your Plants

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Join us for a creative and practical afternoon. Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and this is the perfect time of year to prepare support structures for your plants well before they put on a lot of growth and become unruly! 

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Workshop: How to Stake Your Plants

Wednesday 20th March 2019 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Join us for a creative and practical afternoon. Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and this is the perfect time of year to prepare support structures for your plants well before they put on a lot of growth and become unruly! 

Fully booked

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Friday 8th March 2019

Visit us to see wonderful spring displays of emerging bulbs and vegetables! OPEN: Friday 8 March, 11.30am – 3.30pm

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Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Thursday 7th March 2019 | 6:30pm - 9:15pm

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our Thursday 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.

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

Thursday 7th March 2019 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

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 our many other courses.

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Garden House trip to Madeira

Sunday 24th February 2019 - Saturday 2nd March 2019

We will be visiting the significant gardens, markets, and vineyards of this beautiful flower-filled island.  We will also enjoy a local cookery workshop, and take in plenty of walks and cultural hot spots.

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Design Your Own Garden: 6-session course

Wednesday 26th September 2018 - Wednesday 12th December 2018

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.

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Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Thursday 13th September 2018 - Friday 2nd November 2018

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening.

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Garden House trip to Dorset & Somerset

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 - Saturday 25th August 2018

We are delighted to have finalised our summer trip to Dorset and Somerset and hope you can join us for another Garden House adventure!

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