A morning is never enough! Enjoy a productive day learning all there is to know and do at each crucial point of the growing season. Each day will include a tour of the garden and discussion about what has to be done and when to get it to each stage. There will be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty and learn by doing. There will be freebie takeaways at each session whether it be seeds, seedlings, cuttings, bulbs or plants (giveaways will depend on the season). There will be breaks for refreshments as well as refreshments and a light lunch on site (included in price).
Places are limited.
Saturday 26th June 10 - 4pm (£150)
Late June is the perfect time to start sowing biennials and perennials from seed. It's also not too late for a bit of late direct sowing (space permitting), spring sown annuals should be just starting to flower and some might still need to be planted if I get the succession sowing right, whereas the autumn sown lot should be in their prime. Great time to be taking cuttings too and as for feeding the plants and soil...
Saturday 21st August 10 - 4pm (£150)
Time to sow some (not all) hardy annuals so that you have a good strong crop the following spring. We'll also be planting out biennials sown in June and being brave about clearing out plants that have really just had enough. Always a busy time of year but also a great time to take stock of the successes (and failures) and how we might do things better next year.
Sunday 17th October 10 - 4pm (£150)
Autumn actually gets me looking forward to Spring, forget about that nasty bit in the middle called Winter. Bulbs (narcissi, allium, tulips need to be planted), learn how to get anemone and ranunculus corms off to a good start, it's a bit early for digging up the dahlias but I can show you what I do and how I would store the few that I do dig up. It's also a time for sowing sweet peas, splitting perennials planting out hardy annuals and taking hardwood cuttings.
Would you like to experience the pleasure of growing flowers but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’re searching for a Christmas gift that will keep on giving?
Running from late February to July 2022, my seed to vase course gives you the chance to follow me on my journey as a professional cut flower grower.
In a friendly, supportive environment, you’ll learn all the skills you need to sow, nurture and grow a patch of beautiful flowers in your own garden – and enjoy the rewards with your own stunning blooms to enjoy from early summer to late autumn.
You’ll learn to…
- Plan and prepare the ground for planting.
- Choose seeds, tubers and bulbs that’ll give you a variety of shapes and colours all season long.
- Sow and plant your seeds.
- Nurture your plants and your soil.
- Cut and condition your flowers for months of spectacular displays.
Each month we’ll celebrate our successes (and share our disappointments), enjoy plenty of tea and cake, and make new friends. At the end of every session you’ll take a little something home with you – whether it’s a tray of seeds or a recently potted dahlia.
The course runs over five sessions ( 10% discount applied if booked before Dec 1st 2021)
"I can’t recommend the seed to vase course enough. When I rocked up in Feb I had absolutely no clue, never owned a pack of seeds, I couldn’t name a perennial from an annual or identify a nigella from a cosmos. But in just a few months I have transformed my garden. Fiona is really patient, knowledgeable and supportive and we had a great group who were all so encouraging. It was great to share ideas and inspiration from Fiona’s garden each time and progress photos from the group. It’s given me a huge confidence boost to just give things ago and I’ve branched out and given propagation and veg growing a go too. I can’t thank Fiona and our little group enough." (JB)
Dates for 2022 (tba)
Five sessions take place monthly from 10am to 1 pm on Tuesdays or Sundays from late Feb to July (actual dates to be advised). I’ve just five places available on each day, and they’re sure to go fast, so get in touch today to book your place.