Introduction to Gardening

Introduction to Gardening is a 10 hour course spread over two days with skilled gardener George Hudson.

The course covers beginner basics and tips to get you started; good basic knowledge, technique and practical skills, a chance to ask lots of questions and get answers, as well as written information to take away.

Covering topics such as:

  • The basics of the soil you’re growing in and what you’re looking for

  • Don’t be daunted by a name, explaining plants and how they are labelled Evergreen, shrub, perennial, annual etc

  • Improving the ground you’ve got Structure and nutrients and pH

  • Growing in pots - suitability for pots; drainage; potting mixes and John Innes etc

  • Something from nothing (or very little…), seed sowing, cuttings, and other forms of propagation

  • Plant buying basics: what to look for in a healthy plant

  • Will it grow in my garden? - a look at the simple rules to work out if a plant is well suited to your garden or space, and what it needs to be a success, be it watering, feeding or pruning.


Meet George Hudson

George has been pottering his way through gardens ever since he learnt how to walk. At 4 he was scaling the the dry stone wall at the end of his garden to ‘help’ the neighbouring market gardeners by pulling up carrots to be bunched and leaving them on the ground… at 11 the Market Garden offered him a weekend job, where he would stay for the next 8 years, learning all the tricks of the horticultural trade from three generations of fruit, flower and vegetable growers. George has also run his own business, producing potted herbs for local retailers and wholesale markets, as well as designing and constructing a range of gardens and landscapes. In London he has worked on projects at the Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea fringe, a department store roof garden, and contributes regularly to the gardening magazine with a difference, RakesProgress. His experience to date makes him the perfect person to guide you through the basic ABC’s of gardening and kick-start your passion for plants.

 What you need to know

  • No previous experience is required!

  • Introduction to Gardening is a two day workshop that will start on Saturday at 10:00 - 15:00 and will be continued on Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

  • The workshop is held at the Garden, you can find details on how to get here via our Your Visit page

  • The two day workshop is £90



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