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.

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Programme of events

Garden Visit to Sandleford Place and Malverleys, Berkshire

Thursday 18th June 10.30 am and 2.30pm

Sandleford Place - a five acre garden is the creation of an innovative plantswoman, Mel Gatward, who is always exploring new colour and plant combinations. The walled garden borders are exuberant. You will also find a wild flower meadow and woodland walk. The River Enborne can be viewed from a decked terrace overlooking the water.

Malverleys is not open to the public but you may have caught glimpses of it in the gardens Illustrated magazine where Matthew Reese the Head Gardener has done a series of inspirational planting in pots.

Malverleys has a beautiful white garden within a walled Victorian kitchen garden. We will also find mixed borders, hot borders, vegetable garden, woodland areas, pool garden and meadows.

Refreshments will be available at Sandleford on arrival. Lunch needs to be sourced by members themselves but details of local hostelries will be sent out with directions.

The cost for the two gardens and morning refreshments is £13. Family and friends are welcome. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

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Plant Identification - Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Friday 26th June 10am - 4pm

Your inspirational tutor for the day is Timothy Walker - lecturer, botanist, gardener, presenter and author. Until recently the Horti Praefectus of the Oxford Botanic garden he still lectures in Plant Sciences at Somerville College.

The day will cover three areas.

Part 1 - Why do we bother with names & classification? The first session looks at the history and purpose and theory behind plant classification and naming and identification

Part 2 - Naming the bits.  The basis of all plant classification and identification is knowing what you are looking at and how to describe what you are looking at accurately.    This session involves looking closely at a number of different plants with a x10 hand lens and pulling them apart.

Part 3 - Using a key.  The final part of the day involves taking this new knowledge of plant structure & plant features and using it to identify plants with the help of identification keys and the hand lens.

This is always a fascinating and engaging workshop. Comments from members who have attended before include

" He kept our attention all the way through and made complex information simple and practical" and "an exceptionable tutor - very entertaining and knowledgeable".

The cost of this workshop is £55 per member, £65 per non member which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, wet weather gear - just in case, and something waterproof to sit on.

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Walk and Talk with the Head Gardener - Armscote Manor, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Wednesday 1st July 2.30pm

Armscote Manor gardens extend to some 20 acres. A number of areas have undergone a redesign in recent years under the guiding hand of Dan Pearson. A fairly flat and windy site has been transformed with hedges and walls breaking up the space and building a design to suit the house and helping it relate to the landscape beyond.

The potager is enclosed behind high walls; a circular pond echoes the moongate. There is plenty to see with the colour themed borders and sunken rose garden.

Gwyn Perry the Head Gardener has over 30 years of horticultural experience. Her previous gardens include Heale House and Rockingham Castle. She will take members on a guided tour of the gardens.

The afternoon will include refreshments - home made cakes and tea/coffee. The cost of the visit is £10. Family and friends are welcome.

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News and Events

30th May - Trees
18th June - Garden Visits
26th June - Plant Identification
1st July - Walk and Talk wi the Head Gardener
11th July - Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs
19th July - Daylily Day
22nd July - Integrated Pest and Disease Management
26th July - Growing and Using Herbs Workshop
16th August - Espalier and Cordon Apple pruning
22nd August - A - Z of Glasshouses