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
To see pictures of some workshops and activities see www.wfga.wordpress.com
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Programme of events
Making the Most of Your Garden - Planning For All Year Round Interest
Saturday 10th October 10am - 4pm
Your tutor for the day is Diana Guy - one time BBC Gardener of the Year and who has run workshops on a variety of horticultural workshops over the years. The venue is Diana's own garden - a half acre plants persons country garden with glorious countryside views.
The programme for the day will include a presentation on 'The All Year Round Garden'; a tour of the garden with evidence of succession planting; the importance of annuals, biennials and 'volunteer' plants, climbers and bulbs; and how to manage succession planting with Diana's Top Ten Tips.
The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member which includes refreshments. packed lunch required and suitable outdoor clothing to be worn. Numbers are limited so please book early.
Growing and Using Herbs Workshop - Cressing Temple, Braintree, Essex
Sunday 26th July 10am - 4pm
Your tutors for the day are:
Rebecca Ashbey - a horticulturalist at Cressing Temple. She trained on the WRAGS scheme at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum where she stayed for three years. She moved to Cressing Temple in 2012 where she is in charge of the Tudor walled garden, an orchard of East Anglian heritage fruit trees and other areas of ornamental planting on the site.
Monika Curry has been a practising medical herbalist for many years, having trained in Health Science and Herbal Medicine and the History of Medicine in the 1980’s. She is passionate about plants and natural health, growing many herbs in her own garden and using them for herbal treatments and for cooking.
Cressing Temple is a Grade I scheduled monument with a fascinating and varied history. It was the first estate in England to be granted to the Knights Templar in the 13th century and was the most important of their Essex holdings.
Today owned and run by Essex County Council it has relaxed scenic grounds set within a collection of historic buildings. The Tudor Walled Garden features a recreation of a late medieval/Tudor garden complete with a forecourt for strewing herbs, an arbour covered with wild roses and hops, a flowery mead, a viewing terrace over a knot garden and fountain and medicinal and culinary herb borders. The planting consists of a large collection of herbs and wild flowers that were common in the 16th century, all of them having culinary, medicinal, household or decorative uses.
The first half of the day will be spent with Rebecca who will focus on the cultivation of herbs and wild flowers at Cressing. There will be a tour of the walled garden where Rebecca will be able to explain some of the historical uses and growing techniques of many of the plants. Participants will be able to practice some herb propagation techniques.
In the afternoon Monika will focus on the medicinal use of herbs. She will use the garden to highlight harvesting and processing methods and will demonstrate some preparation techniques. There will be handouts and samples to take away.
The cost of the workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member which includes tea and coffee. please bring a packed lunch, secateurs and wet weather clothing. Numbers on this workshop are limited so please book early.
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A-Z of Glasshouses - Woodbridge, Suffolk
Saturday August 22nd 10am - 4pm
This workshop will take place at Parham Hall - the delightful gardens cover 8 acres with both formal and informal areas. There is a fine fully productive serpentine walled kitchen garden with fan trained and cordon fruit. This workshop will be tutored by Adam Paul, garden owner and lecturer at the local horticultural college.
‘How to select the best greenhouse for your needs'. In this theory session Adam will cover all the aspects of selection, looking at where glasshouses ideally should be sited, the services offered by companies, heating systems, the way that glasshouses are ventilated, staging and the types of shading available.
This will be followed by a practical session where the group will look at the best growing conditions, propagation, the design and staging within the structure and irrigation.
The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member, which includes tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Numbers are limited so please book early.
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