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

Seed Sowing and Vegetable Planting

nr Woodbridge, Suffolk

Sunday 17th May 10 am - 4pm

Parham Hall gardens cover 8 acres with both formal and informal areas; with a fine fully productive, serpentine (or crinkle crankle) walled kitchen garden with fan and cordon trained fruit.

Adam Paul, the garden owner and inspirational tutor, most recently taught on the 3 year gardening heritage course at Otley College. He will lead the day in the walled kitchen garden with discussion on conditions required of different seeds and practical sessions on seed sowing in various containers. Vegetable seed will also be sown in situ in the kitchen garden together with planting of vegetable plants.

The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member - refreshments included. Please bring a packed lunch, and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

To pay online please go to Programme and click on Workshops.


Whalton Manor - A Walk and Talk with the Garden Owner

The Manor, Whalton, Morpeth, Northumberland

Thursday 21st May 5.30 pm

The historic Whalton Manor is surrounded by three acres of magnificent walled gardens. The gardens include extensive herbaceous borders, rose garden, peony border, listed Lutyens designed summerhouses and walls festooned with rambling roses and clematis. You may have seen the garden featured in The English Garden magazine last year - when the benefits of having a WRAGS trainee were extolled.

Please come and join a garden tour led by the owner Penny Norton - what better way to learn about a garden than by the current custodian and gardener. The walk and talk will take approx two hours.

The cost of the visit will be £8 to include refreshments - family and friends very welcome.

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A Head Gardeners Year in the Garden

Pulborough, West Sussex

Thursday 28th May 10am - 4pm

Your tutor for the day is Mark Saunders - a professional gardener with over thirty years experience. He has been Head Gardener at Fittleworth since 1997.

This workshop is about Estate Management, how a head gardener plans his year to cover all aspects of the garden, budgeting and purchasing, seasonal aspects, maintenance and equipment, designing and planting plans, propagating and pruning.

The day will start with a slide show with Mark showing the 3 acre garden throughout the year. He will take the group on a garden tour, discussing the timetable and requirements of each section, including glasshouses, vegetable and fruit garden, lawns, tools and machinery.

By the end of the day you will realise just how much ‘behind the gardens’ work goes on, especially in a garden that prides itself on the produce grown in the working kitchen garden, opens three months of the year and has a gardening team of two. It’s all about organisation and how to deal with the weather, pests & diseases and when things go wrong.

The cost of the day is £40 per member, £50 per non member - places are limited so book early. The cost includes refreshments but please bring a packed lunch. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring wet weather gear.

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News and Events

17th May - Seed Sowing and Vegetable Planting
21st May - Walk & Talk with the Garden Owner at Whalton Manor
28th May - A Head Gardeners Year in the Garden
30th May - Trees
Workdays - various