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

Herbs Through the Seasons

Hooksgreen Herbs, Stone, Staffordshire

Saturday 11th April 10am - 4pm

Malcolm and Thomas Dickson set up Hooksgreen Herbs in 2005. The nursery is seen at all the RHS shows other major shows and plant fairs, and has collected numerous RHS Gold and Silver-Gilt medals. The nursery covers 4 acres and grows over 400 different herbs, covering culinary, medicinal and scented, selling both to the trade and the public.

This is a workshop for those who want to learn more about growing herbs and how to propagate them. It shows too the commercial side of herbs, a business that has grown massively in the last ten years with the introduction of cut herbs in supermarkets.

Malcolm will give a presentation on the origins, uses and cultivation of herbs before the group goes into the nursery to look at a selection of herbs. This will be followed by a practical ‘hands on’ session on seed sowing, taking cuttings and potting up.

The cost of this day is £40 per member, £50 per non member which includes morning and afternoon tea. Please bring a packed lunch, a sharp knife and wet weather gear with you and wear sturdy footwear.


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Start Up Business Workshop

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Tuesday 14th April 10am - 4pm

The workshop is designed for those who want to know about setting themselves up in business offering garden services. It is a day not about finance, cash flows or banking services it is a day when a professional offers practical advice on being self employed and the setting up and operating of a garden business.

The day will therefore include information on what to consider Before setting up your business; Setting up your business will cover the paperwork, marketing, the competition and essential finance.

In the afternoon you will move onto Running your business This will cover dealing with clients, suppliers and contractors, the pitfalls, pricing a job, sourcing plants, regulations, delays and deadlines, networking and sourcing work. And the all important tips for success. A workshop not to be missed.

Your tutor for the day is Cecilia Litvinoff - garden designer, horticulturalist, garden consultant and teacher. She trained at Capel Manor, Kew, the English Gardening School and KLC School of Design and with Naturewise.

The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member, which includes hot drinks. Please bring a packed lunch.

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Growing Flowers for Cutting Workshop



Halstead, Essex

Saturday 18th April 10am - 4pm

Designing a cutting garden to establish a business or just dedicating an area of your own garden to grow flowers for cutting then this is the workshop for you.

Harriet will give an introduction talk on how she developed and expanded her cut flower business. She will explain the layout of the cutting garden, efficient use of growing space and soil cultivation.  After looking at the garden and greenhouse facilities, members will be split into groups to plan a cutting garden. Catalogues and plant lists will be supplied, with information on plant choice and flowering times.

Harriet will also talk about growing plants from seeds, planting and staking and the selling of cut flowers.  The cost of this workshop is £45 per member, £55 per non member, which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen and appropriate wet weather gear.

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


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News and Events

18th April - Spring Propagation
11th April - Herbs Through the Seasons
14th April - Start Up Business Workshop
18th April - Growing Flowers for Cutting
22nd April - Propagation Workshop
26th April - Willow Structure Workshop
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