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If you want to make more of your outdoor space all year round why not join one of our Seasonal Gardening courses.

Workshops help you to with garden design, choosing plants and even setting up your own gardening business.

Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.


Japanese Gardens: History and Design 

Explore the mystique of Japanese gardens, history and influence.  The course will also cover various garden styles, how to avoid kitsch features, the proper use of water, plants and stone. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM 

Wednesdays  10am – 12noon   Jason Loh 

10 sessions from 22 September      £140/£84      GJ1A             Stoke Lodge   

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Plants and Planting  

A course on plants and planting for all purposes in the garden: covering flowers, evergreens, bushes, and the growing of fruit and vegetables. With content ranging from soil science to plant history this course has something to offer all gardeners who are serious about expanding their knowledge of plants and planting. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Mondays 7pm to 9pm Jon Wheatley 

8 sessions from 4 October    £112/£68       GJW1               Stoke Lodge  

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Growing and Using Herbs 

A practical and sensory exploration of how herbs can nourish, support and uplift us. Including herb identification and uses, tea tasting, herb growing and propagation by seed, harvesting, and drying, depending on the time of the year. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Fridays  9.30pm – 12.30pm   Sam Rogers 

3 sessions on 1, 8 & 15 October      £64/£38      GS1A   Stoke Lodge  

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Gardening Courses on Saturdays 

Design your own garden    

An opportunity to improve and refresh your garden with support and help from a professional garden designer.  Learn how to redesign your own plot, beginning with basic principles and going on to look at paving, ponds and other garden features.  A separate course on choosing plants for your garden will also be offered in the Spring term.   Maximum number of participants:  8 

NB It is important that participants have a garden, or part of a garden, to work on during the sessions.   

Deadline for enrolment:  29 October, ie 3 weeks before the course takes place as an information pack will be sent out to students before the first session of the course.  This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM 

Saturdays 10am to 3pm  Christine Pritchard 

3 sessions on 13 & 27 November and 11 December  £140/£84  GC1A    Stoke Lodge   

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Growing Fruit and Vegetables  

A course focussing on some practical and basic principles in home-growing techniques: practical propagation, vegetable growing and edible planting. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Saturday 10am to 4pm   Andy Coombe 

1 session on 16 October   £60/£36  GJW2           Stoke Lodge   

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Pruning – All You Need to Know  

A practical workshop which shows you how to prune fruit, shrubs and roses. If the weather permits, part of this workshop will take place outside. Please bring sturdy shoes/boots, warm clothing, a waterproof anorak and a good pair of secateurs.  This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Saturday 10am to 4pm  Andy Coombe 

1 session on 13 November   £60/£36 GJW3        Stoke Lodge   

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