Informative & inspirational events, talks, courses & workshops

Past Events

Specialist Rose Pruning: 1 day Workshop

Wednesday 14th February 2024

There is a great mystique around the world of pruning roses but in fact it is easy and much easier than most of the books make it out to be. Join us for a day with rose expert Michael Marriott.

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Make an Inspiring and Naturalistic Christmas Wreath:

Saturday 2nd December 2023 - Monday 4th December 2023

This year we're using only foraged and natural materials - no rings, pins, moss or foam involved!

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Slow Stitch Mending – morning workshop

Wednesday 29th November 2023

Join stitch tutor Marilyn Willis for our morning workshop learning to repair, mend or decorate a garment, using a range of stitch techniques.

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Yuletide Intro to Perfume Creation: 1 day workshop 

Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Discover some of the hidden secrets of perfumery, and take home a fragrance created by you from a range of beautiful ingredients.

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Fully booked

Autumn Watercolour Inspiration: 1 day workshop

Tuesday 7th November 2023

Join watercolour artist Kate Osborne and be inspired by the glorious late summer garden at the Garden House!

Fully booked

How to Make a Garden: 3 session course

Monday 30th October 2023 - Thursday 2nd November 2023

Our aim is to inspire you to create a really beautiful outdoor space, a sanctuary to enjoy. 

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Learn the Art of Japanese ‘Sashiko’ stitching: afternoon workshop

Wednesday 18th October 2023

Join stitch tutor Marilyn Willis in the relaxing atmosphere of the Garden House and learn a new hand-stitching technique - Sashiko.

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Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Wednesday 4th October 2023 - Wednesday 15th November 2023

Join our 6-session Wednesday morning course for beginner gardeners and improvers.  Have fun and be inspired!

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2023

Friday 29th September 2023

SAVE THE DATE, Friday 29 September! The money you raise will help make sure no one has to face cancer alone.

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Learn the Art of Japanese ‘Sashiko’ stitching: afternoon workshop

Wednesday 20th September 2023

Join stitch tutor Marilyn Willis in the relaxing atmosphere of the Garden House and learn a new hand-stitching technique - Sashiko.

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Fully booked

Late Summer Sketchbooks; 1-day workshop

Wednesday 30th August 2023

Join watercolour artist Kate Osborne and be inspired by the glorious late summer garden at the Garden House!

Fully booked

Make a Willow Obelisk: 1 day workshop

Monday 19th June 2023

Weave a tall willow obelisk for your sweet peas or other climbers, using natural English willow and traditional techniques.

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Introduction to Perfume Creation: 1 day workshop

Wednesday 14th June 2023

Discover some of the hidden secrets of perfumery, and take home a bottle of fragrance created by you from a range of beautiful ingredients.

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How to Make a Garden: 3 session course

Tuesday 9th May 2023 - Thursday 11th May 2023

Our aim is to inspire you to create a really beautiful outdoor space, a sanctuary to enjoy.  The focus will be on design, the hard landscaping and the planting.

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National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Days

Friday 21st April 2023 - Saturday 22nd April 2023 | 1:30pm - 4:00pm

The truly unique Garden House has been opening for the NGS for over 12 years now. In the spring garden look out for fabulous displays of emerging bulbs, buy plants, and enjoy delicious homemade refreshments!

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Fully booked

Garden House trip to Japan 2023

Thursday 30th March 2023 - Thursday 13th April 2023

We are really thrilled to be able to tell you about our spring 2023 trip to Japan. This will be the fourth time we have arranged a specialist itinerary.

Fully booked

Creative Staking: Afternoon Workshop

Thursday 9th March 2023 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and March 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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Creative Staking: Morning Workshop

Thursday 9th March 2023 | 9:30am - 12:30am

Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and March 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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A Year in the Garden: 5-session course

Wednesday 1st March 2023 - Wednesday 1st November 2023

This course is designed to look at the students’ individual gardens and create a plan for your Year in the Garden. 

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Fully booked

Garden House trip to Madeira 2023

Saturday 18th February 2023 - Saturday 25th February 2023

Join the Garden House for our second trip to the island of Madeira, a very special place and well-named as a 'plant person's paradise’.

Fully booked

Fully booked

Make a Naturalistic Christmas Wreath

Wednesday 7th December 2022

This year we’ll be using only foraged and natural materials - no rings, pins, moss or foam involved!

Fully booked

Fully booked

Special Outing: Pelham Plants & Nettlewood Flowers

Monday 3rd October 2022

Join us for this exciting new day out/workshop incorporating so many of the things we love!

Postponed

Visible Mending Workshop

Wednesday 28th September 2022

Join stitch tutor Marilyn Willis for our morning workshop learning to repair, mend or decorate a garment, using a range of stitch techniques.

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Gardening from Scratch: 6-session course

Wednesday 21st September 2022 - Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening, join our 6-session course for beginner gardeners and improvers.

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Basketry for Beginners: 1-day Workshop

Wednesday 21st September 2022

Join our fun and informative introduction to weaving with willow, led by Sussex-based basket weaver Christiane Gunzi.

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Be Inspired by Colour: 1-day Workshop

Thursday 1st September 2022

Be inspired by ideas both new and traditional as you explore the use of colour in your garden and create eye-catching planting combinations.

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Fermentation Made Easy

Tuesday 16th August 2022

Fermented foods are incredibly good for your health, taste fantastic and are pretty expensive to buy in shops. So why not learn to make your own?

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Summer Garden Visit – Marchants Hardy Plants

Wednesday 10th August 2022 | 10:30am - 2:30pm

Marchants Hardy Plants is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading small independent Nursery and Gardens.

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Summer Garden Visit – West Dean Gardens

Wednesday 27th July 2022

Join us at West Dean Gardens (near Chichester, West Sussex), a horticultural attraction with an Edwardian pergola, Victorian glasshouses, and much more.

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Summer Garden Visit – Town Place Garden

Wednesday 13th July 2022

Join us at Town Place Garden (near Haywards Heath, East Sussex), a 3-acre private garden set around a 17th century Sussex farmhouse.

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Summer Garden Visits – Book all three!

Wednesday 13th July 2022 - Wednesday 10th August 2022

This summer join us on our private visits to three inspirational Sussex gardens. At each we will hear from the owners/head gardeners about the development of the garden and the planting.

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Three-day visit to Suffolk and Essex, 29-31 May

Sunday 29th May 2022 - Tuesday 31st May 2022

Knowing how much we all love to visit and be inspired by other people’s gardens, the Garden House is back on the road, with a plant and garden-filled trip to Suffolk and Essex.

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Plant Fair – Spring into Summer!

Saturday 21st May 2022 | 11:00am - 4:00pm

Plant Fair, Charity fund-raiser, and a chance to visit to the unique Garden House, one of Brighton’s secret gardens...

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 Learning by Doing: 6-session practical course

Wednesday 18th May 2022

This course is designed for those new to gardening – learn the basics, have fun and be inspired in a friendly and informal environment.

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National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Weekend

Saturday 23rd April 2022 - Sunday 24th April 2022 | 11:00am - 4:00pm

The truly unique Garden House has been opening for the NGS for over 12 years now. In the spring garden look out for fabulous displays of emerging bulbs, buy plants, and enjoy delicious homemade refreshments!

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Fully booked

Painting the Spring Garden with Watercolours and Inks

Monday 28th March 2022

One-day painting workshop with Brighton-based artist Seana Mallen, for painters who have already scratched the surface of painting, it’s time to dig a little deeper!

Fully booked

Creative Staking: Afternoon Workshop

Saturday 12th March 2022 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Staking your plants takes practice and skill, and March 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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Paint Your Own Lampshade: 1-day workshop

Tuesday 1st March 2022

We have invited artist Jane McCall of Bloomsbury Revisited to lead an exciting one-day workshop here at the Garden House.

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Zoom Talk with Tom Brown, Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

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

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Fully booked

Who Dares Prunes!

Saturday 12th February 2022

Super knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic, rose expert Simon White of Peter Beales Nursery in Norfolk is leading this practical workshop on how to prune roses.

Fully booked

Learning by Doing: 6-session practical course

Wednesday 9th February 2022 - Wednesday 16th March 2022

Working in our teaching garden, improve your knowledge and skills, and gain the confidence to plan, propagate, prune and much more.

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Fully booked

Designing a Small Garden – 2-day Workshop

Wednesday 19th January 2022 - Wednesday 26th January 2022

This workshop is for those of you with relatively small outdoor spaces, from tiny courtyards to gardens up to 20m x 14m, whether in the town or the country.

Fully booked

Fully booked

Paint Your Own Lampshade: 1-day workshop

Tuesday 7th December 2021

We have invited artist Jane McCall of Bloomsbury Revisited to lead an exciting one-day workshop here at the Garden House.

Fully booked

The Watercolour Garden: 1-day workshop

Monday 22nd November 2021

Explore the brilliant spectrum of watercolour painting through a variety of experimental techniques that are fun, easy, and astonishingly effective.

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Fully booked

The Watercolour Garden: 1-day workshop

Wednesday 17th November 2021

As Seana Mallen’s summer 2021 watercolour workshop was so enjoyable, we have invited her to return to the Garden House...

Fully booked

Fully booked

Learn ‘Sashiko’ Stitch and the Art of Japanese Mending

Monday 18th October 2021

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

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Botanical Illustration: 4-session course

Tuesday 14th September 2021 - Tuesday 12th October 2021

Learn the art of botanical illustration with this intensive 4-session course; suitable for complete beginners and for those with a little experience. 

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Fully booked

Designing the Smaller Garden – 2-day Workshop

Wednesday 18th August 2021 - Thursday 19th August 2021

This workshop is for those of you with relatively small outdoor spaces, from tiny courtyards to gardens up to 20m x 14m, whether in the town or the country.  

Fully booked

Fully booked

Summer Visit to Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill Garden

Monday 16th August 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy exclusive access to Perch Hill, learning some of the secrets of Sarah Raven’s imaginative ‘cutting garden’ planting and combinations.

Fully booked

Master Class: Be Inspired by Colour

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Be inspired by ideas both new and traditional as you explore the use of colour in your garden and create eye-catching planting combinations.

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Open Weekend: MacMillan Coastal Trail Open Gardens

Saturday 24th July 2021 - Sunday 25th July 2021 | 11:00am - 5:00pm

We'll be opening as part of the MacMillan Coastal Garden Trail raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support and the Horizon Cancer Care Centre in Brighton.

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Summer Garden Visit

Thursday 22nd July 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Summer visit to Pelham Plants, Laughton in Sussex. Knowing how much we all love to visit and be inspired by other people’s gardens!

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The Watercolour Garden: 1 day workshop

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Inspired by the garden, join artist Seana Mallen to explore the brilliant spectrum of watercolour through a variety of techniques that are fun, easy and astonishingly effective! 

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Summer Garden Visits

Wednesday 14th July 2021 | 10:30am - 4:00pm

The Old Vicarage in Washington, and Sandhill Farm, near Petersfield, West Sussex. Knowing how much we all love to visit and be inspired by other people’s gardens!

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Fully booked

Learning by doing: 4 session workshop

Tuesday 13th July 2021 - Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Working in our teaching garden, improve your knowledge and skills and gain the confidence to plan, plant, propagate, prune and much more.

Fully booked

Botanical Illustration: Inspired by Flowers

Monday 12th July 2021

Join our one-day workshop botanical illustration workshop 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.

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Summer Garden Visits

Wednesday 7th July 2021 | 10:30am - 4:00pm

Cupani garden, Seaford, and Long House in the South Downs hamlet of Westdean, Sussex. Knowing how much we all love to visit and be inspired by other people’s gardens!

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Fully booked

Learn ‘Sashiko’ Stitch and the Art of Japanese Mending

Tuesday 6th July 2021

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

Fully booked

National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Day

Friday 18th June 2021 | 11:30am - 4:30pm

Visit one of Brighton’s secret gardens – looking fabulous at the moment with displays of emerging summer herbaceous planting, fruit trees and vegetables.

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Summer Garden Visits

Wednesday 16th June 2021 | 10:30am - 4:00pm

Private garden visits to Bates Green Farm and Tudor Cottage, Arlington, in Sussex. Knowing how much we all love to visit and be inspired by other people’s gardens!

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All About Roses, with Simon White (Peter Beales Nursery)

Saturday 5th June 2021

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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Celebrating the Seasons – on ZOOM

Thursday 15th April 2021

Relish the many good things the early Spring garden can offer, and join our Zoom webinar to celebrate the season in style!

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Steve Edney: Plants for the Dry Garden – ZOOM talk

Wednesday 14th April 2021

Here at the Garden House we are transforming our lawn into a ‘dry bed’, an area where drought tolerant plants will thrive, so with this in mind we are so delighted to have Steve talk on this subject.

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National Garden Scheme (NGS) Open Weekend

Saturday 10th April 2021 - Sunday 11th April 2021

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

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Celebrating the Seasons – on ZOOM

Thursday 18th March 2021

Bring some joy into these gradually brightening days and relish the many good things the Spring garden can offer! Join our Zoom webinar to celebrate the season in style!

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First Time Gardener – 6-session ZOOM course

Tuesday 26th January 2021 - Tuesday 9th March 2021

Nurturing a garden/allotment and being outside, even in winter, can be healthy, rewarding, creative and fun.

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