The Women’s Farm and Garden Association 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 obtain the Application Form for all activities please place arrow pointer over the Programme bottom (top left) and click on Application Form.
To see pictures of some workshops and activities see www.wfga.wordpress.com
Programme of events
Head Gardener's Walk & Talk - Things We Do In The Garden, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
6th July2 - 5 pm
This site dates from 1219 and was a medieval castle and Tudor country house. Only the Tudor gatehouse remains, now named Kirtling Tower, surrounded by a moat on three sides with gardens of five acres - started 7 years ago. The main features of the garden are the spring garden, secret, walled and cutting gardens, with a walnut avenue and Tudor Walk. The Walled gardens with four herbaceous borders are picture perfect, not a scrap of soil to be seen with delphiniums a whopping 8 feet tall. All achieved with the help of Lizzi, a sort of cultivator used on borders to achieve a friable tilth.
Fred Waters is the Head Gardener and he will take the group on a ‘walk and talk tour around the garden and ‘the lawns’ which are immaculate and he will share his knowledge of time management in the garden, with a small gardening team. The tour will finish with tea and cakes.
The cost to experience this unique garden, only open to the public on the rarest of occasions is £15 per person, family and friends are welcome, children free. Please complete the booking form and send in with your signed cheque to WFGA, 175 Gloucester Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2DP.
You will receive confirmation of your booking by email or post and directions will be sent out in due course.
A Head Gardener's Year in the Garden, Pulborough, West Sussex
31st May 10 am - 4 pm
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 head gardener Mark Saunders showing the 3 acre garden throughout the year. Mark has been at this garden for fifteen years and comes from a gardening background. 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 this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member, (members receive priority when booking), this includes refreshments during the day. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch.
To secure your place in the group, please complete the booking form and send in with your signed cheque, made payable to WFGA, to 175 Gloucester Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2DP.
You will receive confirmation of booking by email or post, directions will be sent out nearer the time.
Hard Landscaping Workshops, nr Gloucester, Gloucestershire
PART 1 - 8th June
PART 2 - 29th June
So few of the colleges cover hard landscaping now as a workshop, many gardeners would like to learn the basics of small jobs that they would tackle but lack the skills to do so, this is an opportunity to remedy that. These workshops are practical days, with all materials supplied on the day. The group will need to wear steel toe-capped footwear and work clothing, including gloves, as the days are ‘hands on’. Your tutor for the day is Mike Oakey.
Part 1 is designed to teach the basics of how to survey and measure a job, create levels, work out drainage systems, what materials to select for the job and to prepare footings for posts. The group will learn how to mix mortar and the tools involved. This day is all about the foundations of hard landscaping and the practices involved in preparation and groundwork.
Part 2 will look at the techniques for brickwork, block paving and slab/stone paving, before the group then starts to mix mortar to build the posts required for a gazebo and a patio paved with stone slabs with a brick wall surround.
The cost of the workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member (members receive priority when booking). If you wish to book on both workshops, then the combined price will be £65 per member and £85 per non member, please bring a packed lunch.
The size of the group will be limited, to secure your place/s please complete the booking form - please confirm which date / dates you wish to attend. Send completed form in with your signed cheque, made payable to WFGA, to 175 Gloucester Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2DP
Confirmation of your booking will be made by email or post. Refreshments will be supplied at each workshop. Directions/instructions will be sent also by email and post.
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