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

Don't forget to look at our Tours page for visits to Herefordshire and Scotland

We have two wonderful gardens opening for WFGA in 2014

Ryton House, Lechlade, Gloucestershire - 8th June 2 - 5 pm

Hill Grounds, Evenley, Northamptonshire - 13th July 2- 5pm


WFGA will be attending the following Plant Fairs in 2014

Toby Buckland Garden Festival - Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon 2nd - 3rd May

Rare Plants Fair - Pyt House, Ashampstead, Berkshire 15th June

Woburn Abbey Garden Show, Bedfordshire 21st - 22nd June

Rare Plants Fair - Castle Bromwich Gardens, Birmingham 10th August

Rare Plants Fair - Lady Farm Gardens, Chelwood, Bath, Somerset 24th August



Programme of events

Walk and Talk with a Head Gardener - Hilborough House, Hilborough, nr Swaffham, Norfolk

Friday 20th June 2 pm - 5 pm

This garden is described as ‘magnificent’, one of the major modern gardens of England. No further description here - why spoil the surprise and delight. It is not open to the public.

A unique opportunity to not only experience a conducted tour with Head Gardener Derek Smith but a ‘question and answer’ session followed by a slap up afternoon tea. What more could a gardener want?

The cost of this visit is £20 per person, which includes the tour and afternoon tea - it is open to family and friends.

Please pay by clicking on the Tours button


The Use of Plants in Design Workshop - Brackley, Northamptonshire

Saturday 17th May 10 am - 4 pm.

If you want to explore the use of plants in a garden design, then this is the workshop for you. Often designs are created with only the site in mind, the plants are a secondary factor.

The tutor and Owner of Hill Grounds is an experienced plantswoman and lectures on most aspects of gardening. Janet will share with the group how plants can influence the design of any garden, varieties available to enhance a design aspect and the mixture of vegetables and flowers. The day will also discuss where designs fail and the placement of structural plants.

Hill Grounds is a two acre garden full of rare and unusual varieties used in design. It is divided into rooms with yew hedging, a vegetable potage with sweet pea and bean arches, island beds crammed full of unusual perennials, a hot dry garden and a winter garden.

The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member, which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch and wear sturdy footwear.

Please go to the Workshops page to pay online

Growing Flowers For Cutting Workshop - Halstead, Essex

Saturday 31st May 10 am - 4 pm.

Designing a cutting garden, to establish a business or just dedicating an area of your own garden, to grow flowers for cutting - then this is the workshop for you.

Harriet Holt will give an introductory talk on how she developed and expanded her cut flower business. She will explain the layout of the cutting garden, efficient use of growing space and soil cultivation. After looking at the garden and greenhouse facilities, members will be split into groups to plan a cutting garden.

Catalogues and plant lists will be supplied, with information on plant choice and flowering times. Harriet will also talk about growing plants from seeds, planting and staking and the selling of cut flowers.

The cost of this workshop is £45 per member, £55 per non member, which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please go to the Workshops page to pay online

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News and Events

17th May The Use of Plants in Design Workshop


31st May Growing Flowers For Cutting Workshop


6th June - Plant Identification Made Simple


20th June Walk & Talk with a Head Gardener


5th July - Coastal Design and Planting Workshop


Workdays - various