We would recommend early booking as many courses sell out quickly.
We also hold a variety of more creative arts and crafts courses using the garden as inspiration.
All courses include entry to the garden plus welcome coffee and biscuits. Unless stated, materials are provided and you will leave each workshop with plenty of reference information.
Gardening Courses 2017
You can have a cutting plot in your garden however small. Spend a morning with Gill Hodgson of Fieldhouse Flowers planning how to create a special area from which you can cut flowers for the house throughout the year. Bring a notebook to jot down lots of ideas. Read more
Time: 10:00-12:30 Cost: £35
Wednesday 12th April – Free-range Poultry Keeping.
Both new and experienced poultry keepers will learn more about all aspects of poultry-care in this hands-on course with John Cook. Read more
Time: 09:30 to 12:00. Cost £35
Monday 24th April – Willow Weaving with Joevanka Gregory
We are delighted to welcome Joevanka Gregory back for her second year as course leader for our popular willow weaving courses. On this half day workshop you will learn how to make a willow obelisk suitable for you to take home and use as a growing frame for annual climbing plants such as sweet pea and nasturtium. Read more
Time: 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:00. Cost £40
*Please note: the afternoon workshop is now full.
Wednesday 26th April – Choosing Plants for Shady Areas.
It can sometimes be difficult to select plants that thrive in those shady places. If you struggle to choose suitable plants for shady areas in your garden, this course is for you. By using the many shade-loving plants of Stillingfleet gardens as an illustration, Vanessa will teach you how to view shade as an asset when planning your planting. Read more
Time: 10:00 to 12:00. Cost: £35.00 RHS members £28
Wednesdays from 3rd May – 30th August Bee-Keeping for Beginners.
John Cook leads this hands-on introduction to bee-keeping using our very own bee hives. Learn how to care for bees, deal with swarms, reduce the risk of the cold and harvest the honey. Read more
Time: 18:30 to 20:30. Cost £35:00
To book, choose your preferred date from the drop down box. (Further dates will be added in due course).
Monday 12th June – Design Skills to Make Most of Your Garden with Tracy Foster
Just days after designing the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at Chelsea, Yorkshire based garden designer, Tracy Foster, will be joining us again and will be sharing her professional tips and tricks on how to make the most of your garden. Read more
Time: 10:00 -12:30 Cost £35
Wednesday 5th July – Making a Tied Bouquet from the Garden
Spend the morning in a friendly group with Gill Hodgson of Fieldhouse Flowers learning how to create a beautiful bouquet from flowers picked just that morning.
Bring a pair of scissors, everything else will be provided. Read more
Time: 10:00 – 12:30 Cost £45 (includes all materials for the bouquet)
Wednesday 12th July – How to Build and Maintain a Garden Pond
Garden ponds are an intrinsic part of any wildlife garden and can be created in the smallest area. Join John Killingbeck as he teaches you where and how to create a pond, which plants are suitable and basic pond maintenance. Read more
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 Cost £35
Wednesday August 23rd – Getting More From Greenhouses and Polytunnels
Aimed at those who have, or are planning to have a greenhouse, polytunnel or other protected cropping area, this session looks at using these spaces all through the year. As well as covering how to grow summer crops under cover such as tomatoes and raise veg seedlings in the spring, the session will give particular attention to using under cover growing areas for winter veg production, including salad crops.
Time: 10:00 – 12:30 Cost £35
Wednesday September 13th – Growing Small Trees
Small trees are an important feature of any garden and yet are frequently over looked. In this course, garden-owner Vanessa Cook will show you how to grow small trees, the variety of small trees available and how they offer all-year round colour from blossom, leaves, fruit and bark. Read more
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 Cost £35
Wednesday 20th September – Growing More and Better Vegetables
Aimed at the improving or more experienced vegetable gardener, this session will look at vegetable growing in more detail. As well as covering in detail techniques for growing particular crops it will look at more unusual crops and growing for harvest all through the year. Read More
Time: 10:00-12:30 Cost: £35
Wednesday 4th October – Growing Soft Fruit
Tony Chalcraft is back for this soft fruit workshop, aimed at those who have or would like to grow soft fruit (berries). This session covers all aspects of growing common types of soft fruit including planting, pruning, varieties, pests and diseases and making the most of the harvest.
Time 10:00 – 12:30 Cost £35
Completed Courses 2017
The programme of courses is now underway for 2017. If you have missed a course you are interested in, sign up for our newsletter to receive advance information of future courses.
Tuesday 14th February – Apple Tree Pruning.
The best time to prune apple trees is when they are dormant – between November and early March. In this practical apple tree pruning workshop you will join Vanessa in the orchard here at Stillingfleet Lodge as she carries out this annual task. Read more…
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 Cost £25.
Wednesday 8th March – Introduction to Growing Vegetables
Aimed at aspiring, beginning and improving veg gardeners this session looks at what veg are best to grow in the north of England, how to plan a veg area, rotations and basic techniques for growing common crops.Read more
Time: 10:00-12:30 Cost: £35
We also run a series of artistic and creative workshops throughout the summer using the garden for inspiration. You can read more about them here.