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
Start Up Business Workshop
Tuesday 14th April 10am - 4pm
The workshop is designed for those who are in training or who have completed their training and 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 will cover the paperwork, marketing, the competition and essential finance. In the afternoon Running Your Business 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
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.
Herbs Through the Seasons
at 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.
Grafting Apples and Daffodil Visit
Sorry - all grafting places taken. Daffodil walkers still welcome
Oxenhall, nr Newent, Gloucestershire
Saturday 14th March 10am - 1pm Daffodil Walk in the afternoon
Elaine Shears, West of Severn Co-ordinator will lead the day. Elaine has worked in horticulture for over 12 years. As well as a member of the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust she is also chair of the Gloucestershire Organic Group.
Elaine will talk about apple trees, their pollination groups, choosing rootstocks and varieties of apple - both local and national. She will then teach the one grafting technique - whip & tongue graft - which may be used on any tree. Members will practice on willow and hazel first and then graft two apple trees - to take home and grow on. All materials provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
After lunch there will be a walk around the nationally renowned wild daffodil woods then return to parish hall for tea and cake.
The cost of this workshop and visit is £30 per WFGA member, £40 per non member. Numbers are limited so book early.
If you are too late to book the grafting session you will still be welcome to join the group at lunchtime, and for the daffodil walk and refreshments - donation for WFGA requested.
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