The Plantsman’s Nursery

Courses for 2017

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Shrub Day/Winter pruning practical

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With Neill Ludmon

Wednesday 15th February  10am-3pm £50 including lunch.

Since the rise of the herbaceous perennial we have sadly neglected to mention the vital role that shrubs play in our gardens. Many of us are enthusiastic about getting structure and form back into our gardens and truly appreciating these plants for all their generous forms and characteristics.
We often find that gardeners have a fear of maintaining and pruning shrubs and are disillusioned by prospects of huge heights and spreads that will be unmanageable. The truth is that even the largest of shrubs can often be controlled and kept neat and tidy. Therefore we are offering this specific course on ‘shrub maintenance and pruning’ with our highly experienced tutor Neil Ludmon.

The course will run on Wednesday 15th February 10am -3pm. The morning will involve a lecture on some of the best shrubs available today and how to incorporate them into our gardens. Followed by a light lunch and then an afternoon of practical maintenance and pruning techniques. Neill will cover deciduous and evergreen shrubs. Regular pruning and reshaping. When is best to move and replant shrubs and the most effective care and feeding methods

Garden History and Plant identification

With Neill Ludmon

A series of Lectures running from Tuesday 14th February to Tuesday 4th April. Garden History every Tuesday from 10am-12noon followed by Plant Identification in the afternoon from 12.30-1.30pm.

Garden History – 2 hour sessions covering the major trends in garden history from ancient civilisations through to the 21st century, including:

The gardens of ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome. Who were the first garden makers and can we still see the influence of the ancients in today’s designs?
Medieval gardens of Europe, concentrating on the Christian symbolism of gardens and plants as well as the secular pleasure gardens of the wealthy.
15th, 16th and 17th century gardens and garden makers. This session will focus on gardens of the Italian Renaissance and how this developed into the formal movement as renaissance ideas spread from southern to northern Europe.

The 18th century English Landscape movement through to Victorians gardens. This session will be looking at the gardens of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, among others, through to the Victorian ingenuity which led to the introduction of garden gnomes and cucumber straighteners!

20th/21st century gardens.  An exploration of the trends that shaped pre and post war gardens. Starting with gardens of the Arts and Crafts movement and finishing with the impact of today’s influential designers.

Plant identification – 1 hour sessions after Garden Historyhosta-devon-green

Ideal for the working gardener or the enthusiast in their own garden. A hour session each week learning to identify plants not just from their flower but from their foliage, seeds, buds and basic structure.


Shady Planting Day

With Neill Ludmon

Wednesday 12th April 10am-3pm – Details to be announced

Propagation Day Pelargonium e Miss Stapleton7377

Saturday 22nd April 10am-3pm – Details to be announced


Container Planting 

Wednesday 26th April 10am-3pm – Details to be announced

Auricula Care and Propagation Course 

Saturday 29th April 10am-1pm – Details to be announced


More courses to be announced soon

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  • If you are unable to attend a Day Course or Day Trip we regret that we are unable to offer payment refunds. You may rebook* for another course or a friend or family member may attend in your place.
  • *For Day Trips we require 7working days notice if you need to rebook. For Day Courses we require 48hours notice if you need to rebook.
  • If you notify us after this notice period or simply do not turn up we regret that you will receive no reimbursement
  • For cancellations within the notice period we can also offer credit notes to be spent on the nursery or on futures courses, lectures or trips.
  • If you are unable to attend a Lecture we require 24hours notice we can then offer the choice of rebooking. If you notify us after this notice period or simply do not turn up we regret that you will receive no reimbursement

          If we cancel the course

Woottens of Wenhaston LTD is entitled to cancel a Lecture, Day Course or Day Trip at anytime. We will inform you of this cancellation 24hours prior to the day on the contact number or email you provided us with. We will give you the option to rebook on another course or offer you a full refund.

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