An established 1-acre garden with a 2-acre meadow and small orchard occupying an elevated position in a dry part of north Essex. The garden has been gradually developed over the last 25 years; existing planting replenished, soil improved with compost and mulch, and a greenhouse added. The gardening practice has been strongly influenced by the Organic Gardening movement. A particular interest has been in producing flowers for cutting. Flowers are sold from a stall in the courtyard most weekends in the growing season, with the aim of satisfying local demand.
The workshop will take place partly in the garden and partly under cover.
The workshop will include:
- Planning a cutting garden – introductory talk and group discussion
- A tour of the garden – to look at what plants are growing and how they are grown. Topics that will be covered include soil conditions, seed sowing of annuals, staking, picking and management of various perennials and bulbs
- A talk with slides to illustrate the range of plants grown here throughout the season to provide a good succession of cut flowers
- Growing dahlias for cutting
- Efficient management of time and space in the cutting garden. Group discussion/project to design and specify a small cutting garden
The cost of this workshop is £50 per member, £60 per non-member. Please bring a packed lunch and any drinks required.
You will need wet weather gear, camera, notebook, secateurs, gloves.