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Woottens Plants Gardening Courses and Workshops 

Booking is now available for our garden courses and workshops this year. We offer a wide range of subjects both theoretical and practical to advance your plant knowledge and to apply these new skills and techniques in your own gardens. Subjects include Garden Design, Propagation and Shrub Pruning as well as targeted learning on Woottens specialities, including Pelargoniums, Auriculas and Irises.
Whether you’re looking for leisure learning or a way to enhance your skills we have a selection of courses for all seasons and all skill levels. Woottens Gardening Courses and Workshops are run by Neill Ludmon and our speciality workshops are run by nursery owner Luci Skinner.
Neill Ludmon is a qualified teacher who spent 13 years teaching Plants and Planting Design and Drawing and Graphics to prospective garden designers at the prestigious Capel Manor College in London. In addition, Neill holds both an MA in Garden History from the University of London and the RHS Level 3 Horticulture, which includes the study of propagation and pests and diseases. Alongside his teaching and academic studies, Neill works as a freelance planting designer

All our courses are £65 per person (unless otherwise stated) and include lunch at the Wenhaston Star. 

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Garden Design Course

How to create better borders with this introduction to planting design. 
This is one of our most popular courses run by Neill Ludmon. On the day you will learn practical & inspirational ideas to create beautiful borders. Neill will be discussing plant selection, when to plant and how to maintain beds and borders. You’ll also be learning about form, structure and texture of plants as well as where to place plants so they thrive – ‘right plant, right place’ is the simplest idea you can implement in your garden that will have the greatest impact. On the day bring along a basic sketch of the border you’d like to create in your garden plus a sample of the soil for testing.
Our garden design course is run in spring and autumn, all materials and lunch are included. The course runs from 10am-3pm.
Spring date for this course is Saturday 23rd February
Autumn date for this course to be announced

To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

Garden History Course

This course is run in two parts on two separate days and covers early Egyptian gardens through to some stellar designers of today. Neill will be running this whistle stop tour of garden design which will also include some practical exercises. This is an engaging and enchanting course for anyone devoted to gardening, design or history.
Periods covered will include:

  • 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

The course runs from 10am-3pm on both days. The cost is £60 for one day or £100 for both

Spring dates for this course are Wednesday 17th & Wednesday 24th April
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

Propagation Workshop

Plant propagation has to be one of the most satisfying jobs for any plant lover or gardener. Multiplying and growing plants for free is rewarding both financially and mentally.
This course will help you understand the basics of plant propagation including vegetative and seed methods:

  • Seed germination
  • Division
  • Cuttings, including soft tip, semi ripe and hardwood
  • Bulb division
  • Layering

This is a practical workshop includes an afternoon of plant propagation for each attendee and all of the plants you propagate, you will be able to take home to grow on. The course runs from 10am-3pm.
Spring date for this course is Saturday 2nd March
Autumn date for this course to be announced

To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

  

Gardening for Wildlife

Spend the day learning the best plants for your garden to encourage beneficial wildlife from bees and butterflies to ladybirds and predatory wasps. The day includes vital information on pest and disease control that is wildlife friendly including many organic and biological methods. Neill will be discussing not only what to grow but how to tailor your garden maintenance to suit the wildlife that surrounds us. A highly topical subject and one close to our hearts at Woottens, read all about how we help wildlife on the nursery in our ‘Green Policy’
The course runs from 10am-3pm.
Spring date for this course is Saturday 23rd March
Autumn date for this course to be announced

To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

  

Bulb Workshop and creating yearlong colour in your garden

This is a wonderful illustrated course on how to use spring bulbs to ensure greater year round interest in the garden. There will be practical advice on how and when to plant bulbs and other plants in succession to achieve maximum impact from your space. This day will also involve learning how to design your garden around the seasons and create colour, scent & texture all year long.
The course runs from 10am-3pm.

Spring date for this course is Wednesday 27th February
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

  

Shade Planting Workshop

Introducing the principles of planting design you will learn how to use shade loving and woodland plants to create wonderful planting combinations which will work both visually and horticulturally.
Find solutions to problem areas such as under mature trees, the base of hedges and north facing borders and walls. A shady garden can be as beautiful or even more beautiful than a sun filled one with the right guidance and planting schemes. Delve into the fresh and green world of Hostas, Gunneras, Ferns and much more.
The course runs from 10am-3pm.

Spring date for this course is Thursday 14th March
Autumn date for this course to be announced

To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

 DRYOPTERIS filix mas GUNNERA manicata

Planting a Sensory Garden

Plants and gardens have never just been about visual appearance, they are designed to invoke all five of our senses including touch, smell and hearing. Neill will be teaching you how to create a garden that not only looks beautiful but flirts with all our senses, focusing on:

Sight – Flowers are designed to captivate wildlife by having bright, bold colours to attract birds and insects to them for pollination and seed dispersal, but they are also wonderful for us humans too. Whether its colour or shape and form gardens are predominantly design to be visual concepts.
Sound – Japanese gardens are often specifically designed to capture sound and movement, with plants, water and a navigated breeze. In our gardens we can utilise ornamental grasses and specific plants to create soft sounds and an ambient atmosphere.
Scent – The one sense we often loose in modern day gardens, the sweet scent of an old rose, swathes of Lavender and branches laden with blossom. Scent in plants is as important as their appearance, whether its flower or foliage, daytime or night time, a scented garden is a must
Taste – The fundamental use of the garden, for food. Aside from a kitchen garden there are many ornamental plants that can be enjoyed in food
Touch – From soft downy leaves to feathery grass plumes, texture is a vital part of garden design. Each leaf shape contrasting and complimenting the next

Sensory Gardens are becoming popular in schools and parks as we become aware of how important gardening is on our health.
The course runs from 10am-3pm.

Spring date for this course is Thursday 25th April
Autumn date for this course to be announced

To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

  

Ornamental Grasses Workshop

Neill will be teaching you how best to use ornamental grasses in any garden from the smallest courtyard to grand scale landscapes. How to choose from a huge range of easy to grow grasses including Miscanthus, Pennisetum and Stipa and how to identify each one. Ornamental grasses available today are a far cry away from the days of the gigantic Pampas grasses that once took over the front garden, you’ll learn about compact forms for the front of the border or specimens suitable for pot displays. These are easy plants that will often grow where nothing else will and give interest from summer through to late winter. The session will end with a propagation exercise and demonstration of how to divide grasses and how to grow from seed. The course runs from 10am-3pm.

Autumn date for this course to be announced
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

SPECIAL OFFER Best Grasses Selection MOLINIA caerulea Skyracer 

The Winter Garden Workshop

Gardening is a visual art and can be enjoyed all year round, even if it’s cold outside. Come and learn how to give your garden year round interest by adding structure as well as using ornamental plants that perform well during winter months. Neill will be looking at form and structure of trees, shrubs and evergreen plants and how best to integrate these into your existing borders. Winter flowering perennials including Hellebores, Hesperantha and bulbs will be discussed as well as other late performers.
The course runs from 10am-3pm.
Autumn date for this course to be announced
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

CORNUS alba Sibirica HELLEBORUS orientalis Wilgenbroek Double Reds 

Wreath Making Workshop

Before working at Woottens, Luci was a florist for 8 years and loves to teach the skills she learnt then in floristry workshops. This festive workshop involves making two Christmas wreaths, a hay based one and an oasis based form suitable for in the home. All the materials are included although you are welcome to bring some specific greenery depending on the design you wish to create. We recommend booking early as this is a very popular course. Course cost is £75 per person including lunch, mulled punch and mince pies!
The course runs from 10am-3pm.
Winter date for this course to be announced
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

 CHRISTMAS WREATHS Luxury Red Natural Door Wreath CHRISTMAS WREATHS Elegant Green Natural Door Wreath

Basic Floristry Course

Before working at Woottens, Luci was a florist for 8 years and loves to teach the skills she learnt then in floristry workshops. This short course will teach you the basics on how to arrange flowers whether its for in your home or gifts for friends and family. You will learn how to create a handtied bouquet and a basket arrangement in oasis. Luci will also be giving away some tricks of the trade such as wiring and taping, flower conditioning and what the best flowers are for you to grow at home to cut for floral arrangements.  No previous experience is necessary.
The course runs from 10am-4pm – course cost is £80 including all materials and lunch
Wednesday 4th September 
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

  DAHLIA Sylvia

Woottens Speciality Workshops

These targeted workshops are run throughout July and August at Woottens Nursery. Whilst this is a relatively quiet month after the hustle and bustle of spring it is the most active time when it comes to our specialities. We begin lifting Irises, dividing Auriculas and taking Pelargonium cuttings. Therefore this is the prime time for you to learn how to grow these plants as well as admire them. Full details on each subject are given below and we require 10 attendees to be able to run each workshop. All materials are provided as well as refreshments and we recommend bringing a packed lunch. During the day you’ll also have the opportunity to browse and buy on the nursery. Workshops begin at 10am and finish at 3pm and cost £50 per person.
2019 dates to be announced soon

Auricula Growing Course
Wednesday 7th August 10am-3pm

During this workshop you will learn about the history of the auricula and its origins as well as the different classification groups we have today. The day will focus on auricula growing and care especially during the winter months. Looking at common pests and diseases and how to treat them. Demonstrations will be given on propagation and if you would like to bring your own plants along you can have a go at dividing them yourself. Plants can be purchased at a reduced cost for dividing if you do not have your own specimens. All other materials including pots and compost are included. An illustrated demonstration will also be given on auricula breeding techniques and seed sowing. Each attendee goes home with course notes and their propagated plants.
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

Iris Growing Course
Wednesday 21st August 10am-3pm

This workshop focuses predominantly on Bearded Iris growing and care but also includes Siberian Iris, Japanese Iris and a few other species. You will learn how to select Irises that will be suitable for your garden from the many different forms available and how best to grow and propagate them. We can teach you how to have an Iris in bloom in your garden every single month of the year with careful selection and care methods. You’ll be able to have a go at division and replanting of Bearded Irises with all materials included and learn the common pests and diseases associated with each species. Each attendee goes home with course notes and their propagated plants.
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

Pelargonium Growing Course
Wednesday 3rd July 10am-3pm

Come and learn about all the wonderful different species of Pelargoniums we grow at Woottens, from cacti forms to tuberous forms with fern like leaves. This is one of the most diverse genus in the plant world and is the perfect day out for the plant enthusiast. You will learn about all the different forms we grow and how to care for and propagate each one. Including the elusive propagation methods of Pelargonium x ardens! The course includes a  detailed history of how and when these South African natives made it to Europe and how to successfully see them through an unpredictable British winter. You’ll also be taught which forms are hardier to the cold than others and the methods we use to tackle pest and diseases. You’ll be able to have a go at cuttings and take home the plants you produce as well as our extensive care notes for future reference.
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

Hemerocallis Growing Course
Wednesday 24th July 10am-3pm

Although we believe the Hemerocallis is one of the easiest herbaceous perennials to grow, little is known about its origins, breeding and particularly its unusual species forms.
This workshop invites you to learn how the Hemerocallis came to Europe from China and far east, how it became so intensely bred over just 100 years, and most importantly why we should grow them in our gardens. Commonly called the ‘Daylily’ these plants have a poor reputation as each bloom lasts for just one day, but why should that matter when each plant produces 50 or more blooms in one season. Flowering from June-August, Hemerocallis are exquisite easy plants and a must for any herbaceous border. We shall teach you how to grown them, how to propagate them.
and how to deal with the few pests and diseases that bother them.
To register your interest for this course or book a place please email info@woottensplants.co.uk

 Iris ensata Purple PRIMULA auricula Mrs L Hearn - Woottens Plant Nursery Suffolk 
How to book

Email or ring the nursery on 01502 478258  to book or for more details.
Full payment for courses is required when you book to secure your place

IMPORTANT
You will then be sent an email confirmation with all the necessary details once you have booked. If you do not receive the email confirmation within 48 hours of booking please contact the nursery.

Terms, Conditions & Cancellation Policy

  • If you are unable to attend a Course or Workshop 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.
  • We require 48 hours 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 on plants or on futures courses
  • If we cancel the course – Woottens of Wenhaston LTD is entitled to cancel a course at anytime. We will inform you of this cancellation 24 hours 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.

Location


Majority of our talks and courses are held at Wenhaston Church Rooms, Church Lane in Wenhaston. IP19  9EG. Opposite the village hall.
Parking is available on ‘The Street’ or on ‘Narrow Way’ in Wenhaston. Please do not park in the village hall car park.
Please arrive by 9.45am – if you have any questions please contact us on
01502 478258 or on the morning ring 07802507693
NOTE: If a course is due to be held on nursery instead it will be indicted in your booking confirmation, this  mainly applies to practical based courses

 

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