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Woottens Plants Horticultural & Garden Courses

Garden Courses and Lectures Woottens Plants:

Woottens Nursery began running garden courses in 2013,  these range from theory based lectures such as ‘Garden History’ to practical workshops including garden design and propagation.

Garden Courses and Lectures at Woottens Plants Nursery are run by Neill Ludmon.
Neill Ludmon is a qualified teacher who has spent the past 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

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Listed below are the courses for spring this year, autumn courses will be added in the late spring. 

Garden History                                          

Monday 5th February & Monday 12th February
10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

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 design which will also include some practical exercises. This will be an engaging and enchanting course for anyone devoted to gardening, design or history.
Periods 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

Cost for both days is £100 or £65 for one

Better Borders

Saturday 24th March 10am-3pm FULLY BOOKED (June date still available see below)
With Neill Ludmon

An introduction to planting design. This is one of our most popular courses. You’ll be learning 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 plants thrive – ‘right plant, right place’!

 Cost is £65 including light lunch

Bulbs & Succession Planting   

NEW DATE – Wednesday 21st March 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

An illustrated course on how to use spring bulbs to ensure greater year round interest in the garden. There will be practical advice on how 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.

 Cost is £65 including light lunch

Shady Planting Day

Friday 6th April 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

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.

Cost is £65 including a light lunch.

Plant Identification & Plant Nomenclature

Wednesday 25th April 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

Neill will be teaching you how to identify plants in your own gardens and beyond, from their flower through to their shoots, seedheads and stem structure. You’ll also learn the to identify the most common weeds in this country as well as trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants. An essential day for the novice gardener and often the experienced one too! The afternoon will delve into the fascinating world of plant naming, why do we use botanical Latin, what does it mean and where does it come from. Learn why Carl Linnaeus created it and how important it is in modern day horticulture

 Cost is £65 including a light lunch.

Propagation Day 

Saturday 21st April 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

Propagation Workshop
Understand the basics of plant propagation to fill your garden for free. Practical tips for success with seeds to produce strong healthy plants throughout the year. Topics include seed collection, sowing and aftercare.

If you’ve mastered growing from seed, but are terrified of taking cuttings? This practical workshop also explains the principles of vegetative propagation and how to take successful cuttings in any season.

Cost is £65 including a light lunch.

Auricula Workshop

Saturday 28th April 10am-1pm
With Luci Skinner

This short course includes a brief lecture on the intriguing history of the Primula auricula and its strict classifications, followed by a demonstration of how to breed your own auriculas to create exciting new varieties and also a ‘have a go’ session at auricula division. The morning finishes with details on how best to care for your new plants to ensure they thrive. 

Cost is £35 including refreshments

Planting a Sensory Garden 

Wednesday 9th May 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

Plants and gardens have never just been about sight, 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, looking at flower and leaf scent, foliage texture, the sounds a garden makes and a few edible items to liven up the taste buds!

Cost is £65 including a light lunch.

Bearded Iris Lecture & Field Tour

Dates TBC
With Neill Ludmon

Spend the morning meandering around our Iris fields learning all the different forms of Iris and the difference between the classic historic type and the modern day hybrids. There will be a demonstration on division and planting and well as care and maintenance. Neill will also discuss plant selection depending on your gardens requirements.

Cost is £45 including refreshments

NEW – The Pollinators Garden

Saturday 23rd June 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

Spend the day learning the best plants for your garden to encourage in the 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 orangic and biological methods. Neill will be discussing not just what to grow but how to tailor your garden maintenance to suit wildlife around us.
A highly topical subject and one close to our hearts.
Booking includes the opportunity to shop exclusively at Woottens Nursery after the workshop from 3pm-5pm.

Cost is £65 including a light lunch.

Better Borders Course

Saturday 9th June 10am-3pm
With Neill Ludmon

An introduction to planting design. This is one of our most popular courses. You’ll be learning 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 plants thrive – ‘right plant, right place’!

 Cost is £65 including light lunch

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

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 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 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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