The WFGA is renowned for the comprehensive programme of activities organised every year. Groups are limited in size to enable those attending to benefit from working closely with the tutor and other members of the group. The Association enjoys access to some of the best gardens in Britain and works with designers, gardeners and lecturers who are committed to promoting education. Tours and visits are designed to enable members to enjoy the experience whilst travelling alone at no extra cost involved. WFGA members receive priority for bookings and places are quickly snapped up, however there are opportunities for friends and family members to join tours and visits.

If you are not a member but there is an activity you would like to attend please ring the office to see if there are places available

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Programme of events

Ornamental Grasses Workshop

Identification & Use In Border Design With Late Flowering Perennials

Romford, Essex

Saturday 24th October 10am – 4pm

This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a wide variety of ornamental grasses and how to use them, as well as experiment with border planting schemes using plant material from the nursery.

Plantsman and nursery owner Tim Carter will start the day with an introduction to this specialist topic and outline of the day. He will then lead a guided tour of the ‘garden’ (not so much a garden as island beds set within gravel paths grouping individual plant species together to complimentary effect) which stocks a huge range of ornamental grasses, from Anemanthele to Schizachyrium and many others besides.

Following this, participants will have the opportunity to create border planting schemes, working to specific remits; these will be reviewed by Tim who will provide expert feedback and offer helpful suggestions. If you have questions about your own garden, why not bring along a photograph and ask Tim’s advice?

The cost for the workshop, including refreshments, is £40 per member, £50 per non Member. Please bring a packed lunch.

Soft Fruit Pruning & Propagation Workshop

near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Saturday 14th November 10am – 4pm

The gardens at this workshop venue cover 8 acres, with both formal and informal areas. There is a beautiful, fully productive, serpentine walled kitchen garden containing both fan-trained and cordon fruit.

Garden owner Adam Paul, former teacher on the Gardening Heritage course at Otley College, will take the group through pruning and how to grow soft fruit. This will cover taking cuttings of all types, including guidance on where to best plant them. The group will also look at last year’s cuttings, the espalier fruit trees and the pruning & training of cordon fruit.

The cost for the workshop, including refreshments, is £40 per member, £50 per non member. Please bring a packed lunch, sharp cutting knife sturdy footwear and warm clothing.


Winter Tree Identification Workshop

Romsey, Hampshire

Saturday 5th December 9.30am – 4pm

Do you know your ash from your elder? Can you recognize a deciduous tree after leaf fall in the autumn? If not, what better place to learn than the incredible 180 acre Sir Harold Hilliers Gardens?

The 2-part workshop will be led by Fran Clifton, who has been Head Gardener at Hilliers for over 20 years. Part one will take place in the laboratory where you will focus on the importance of factors such as tree outlines, bark structure and twig characteristics, how to identify evergreens from deciduous and gain tips on how to make sense of conifers and their close allies.

The second session will take place out in the winter garden which is at its very best at this time of year. Here Fran will focus on the highlights of winter garden planting and how to get the most from your trees at this time of year, both in terms of design and maintenance. She will introduce the group to some rare species, enabling those attending to come away from the session being able to identify a wide range of tree types.

The cost for the workshop, including refreshments, is £40 per member, £50 per non member. Please bring a packed lunch, sturdy footwear and warm clothing.


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News and Events

17th October - Bamboo Workshop
24th October - Ornamental Grasses Workshop
14th November - Soft Fruit Pruning and Propgation Workshop
8th January - Plant Classification Workshop
5th December - Winter Tree Identification
Workdays - various