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
Look out for WFGA on Countryfile on 10th August on their Summer Special
We have some wonderful gardens opening for WFGA in 2014
Hill Grounds, Evenley, near Brackley, Northamptonshire NN135RZ - 13th July 2-5pm
£5 - includes a cuppa. Beautiful 2 acre country garden plus arboretum
Rymans, Chichester, West Sussex - 4th October
WFGA will be attending the following Plant Fairs in 2014
Woburn Abbey Garden Show, Bedfordshire 21st - 22nd June
Rare Plants Fair - Castle Bromwich Gardens, Birmingham 10th August
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Programme of events
Working with Perennials Workshop - Whitney on Wye, Herefordshire
Saturday 26th July 10am - 4pm
The rabbit’s eye view – long term plant performance
Your tutor for the day is Noel Kingsbury - known internationally as a writer about plants, gardens and the environment. Best known for his promotion of what is broadly called an ecological or naturalistic approach to planting design he has written some 20 books. The workshop is at Noel's own garden in Herefordshire.
The workshop - in Noel's own words:-
"How long will plants survive? Will they spread? How will my new border look in five years time? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, focussing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Gardeners and designers can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for the maximising of interest and the minimising of maintenance at all seasons.
I aim to get people thinking about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connects to the way we use them in gardens. I am particularly interested in getting students to get ‘the rabbit’s eye view’ – believing that close observation of garden plant growing habits and lifecycles can add enormously to our ability to be good gardeners and designers but also add to a better appreciation of our plants".
This workshop is brought to you for £40 per member, £50 per non-member, this includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, sturdy footwear and wet weather gear. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Planting Design Day - Rogate, Petersfield, Hampshire
Saturday 20th September 10am - 4pm
Discover all about planting in design with your tutor for the day Rosemary Alexander, VMM(RHS) author and principal of the English Gardening School.
The venue is Rosemary's own garden at Sandhill Farm House where she combines good principles of design with a love of planting. Although only just over an acre there are many different, contrasting and inspirational areas within this space. Organic and environmentally friendly these areas include a grit and grasses garden, a hot dry terrace, a white garden, mirror borders, small veg garden and a small woodland area.
The day will start with an introduction and short slide lecture on examples of good (and less good) planting followed by a demonstration of working up a planting plan - with audience participation. After lunch - when there will be time to view the garden - those attending will be drawing up their own planting plans for a specific area - working either singly or in groups as preferred, followed by a discussion on the plans.
The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non-member - refreshments included. Please bring a packed lunch. A list of items to bring will be sent out when booking but you can make a start by looking out your favourite plant book or catalogue.
Integrated Pest and Disease Management - Ullingswick, Herefordshire
Thursday 28th August 10am - 4pm
This workshop will be under the guidance of head gardener Brian Hall who, after a brief introduction to the garden, will explain the integrated pest and disease management programme. This programme covers biological controls, cultural controls and chemical control and the group will look at these in action within the conservatory and glasshouses.
In the afternoon the group will look at various aspects of control within the garden, lawn, roses, water and the borders. You will need to bring a hand lens or magnifier, packed lunch and wet weather gear with you.
Lower Hope Gardens specialise in the exotic – orchids, bougainvilleas and butterflies and the day will include a tour of this five acre garden which includes herbaceous borders, rose walk and gardens, laburnum tunnel, Mediterranean garden, a lake, streams and ponds.
The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member - numbers will be restricted so please book early.
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