Talks and Masterclasses

 

Lady Penelope Gardens are thrilled to offer the following Masterclasses and Walks & Talks because we love nothing more than to pass on our knowledge and help you get the very best from your garden. Please click on the links below to find out more about what we offer. If you would like to book a course, or have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help. Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Learn in your own garden

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Learn in your own garden

Do you enjoy your garden but wish you knew exactly what was in it, and how best to care for it? Would you rather do it yourself than get a gardener? We can help! We are expert horticulturists who would love to meet you in your garden and walk with you, introducing you formally to the contents and advising how best to care, seasonally, for your plants, trees, lawn etc. This is a one-to-one session of private tuition aimed at increasing your confidence.

Maximum number of guests: 1

Time scale: One hour (or more depending on the size of your garden – we can advise you on this before you book)

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the ‘Learn from your garden’ walk: £80 per hour (again, depending on the size of your garden)

Season: Spring, Summer or Autumn

 

 

Walks and Talks around your garden for your friends

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Walks and Talks around your garden for your friends

People love to look around other people’s gardens. Garden lovers always want to learn more and pick up ideas from others. Or it might be that you have no idea what you have in your garden and would appreciate an introduction to its contents. If you would be happy to have your friends walk through and learn from your garden, we would love to arrange that for you. We are Expert Horticulturists just waiting to discover your garden and inform you and your friends about what you have in it. From identifying specialist shrubs and trees, highlighting the wildlife your garden attracts, advising on vegetables and soft fruit, identifying soil type and garden aspect with suggestions for other suitable plants for any problem areas, identifying wildflowers, advising on problem weeds. The Walk and Talk would last approximately one and a half hours (depending on number of questions). Your friends would love spending time in your garden and learning! You might also decide to provide refreshments to your guests.

Maximum number of guests: 8

Time scale: One and a half hours (or more depending on the size of your garden – we can advise you on this before you book)

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Walk and Talk: £120 (again, depending on the size of your garden)

Season: Spring, Summer or Autumn

 

 

Educational Masterclass on Rose Pruning

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Educational Masterclass on Rose Pruning

Often even the most enthusiastic gardener is unsure when it comes to rose pruning. What rose have I got? And how should I prune it? If you and your friends ask yourself this, let us help. We can provide an Educational Masterclass on Rose Pruning for you and your friends, in your garden with your roses. We are Expert Horticulturists just longing to pass on our specialist knowledge to assist you in caring for your own roses. Your friends would be so delighted! And your roses get pruned too!

Maximum number of guests: 6

Time Scale: 2 hours

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Masterclass on Rose Pruning: £150

Season: December to February

 

 

Educational Masterclass on composting, leaf mould and wormeries

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Educational Masterclass on composting, leaf mould and wormeries

Using a garden’s waste products to feed and nourish the soil makes sense, yet so few people do this. Why? Usually it is not understanding how and when to do this. If you would rather not take your waste to the Tip, and then buy in compost or mulch, at great expense, from the Garden Centre, then invite us in to advise you and your friends on how, what and when to compost in your garden. See what a difference it can make!

We are Expert Horticulturists eager to encourage recycling in gardens. We’ll tell you all you need to know, and tailor it specifically to your garden. Your invited friends will take what they learn back to their own gardens. They’ll love you for it.

Maximum number of guests: 8

Time Scale: 2 hours

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Masterclass on Composting: £150

Season: Any

 

 

Educational Masterclass on Meadow Creation and wildflowers

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Educational Masterclass on Meadow Creation and wildflowers

A hot summer’s day spent sitting amongst beautiful delicate flowers, swaying grasses and the buzz of abundant insects pollinating. Sounds perfect! Do you long for this but don’t know how to start to create a brand new meadow that could just be a narrow strip in the garden, or a big border sized area, a full-on field meadow or anything in between? We would love to come and show you how you can make this happen in your garden and invite your friends along to learn too! We are Expert Horticulturists who love nothing more than sharing our expertise to enable people to get the garden they dream of.

Maximum number of guests: 8

Time Scale: One and a half hours

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Masterclass on Meadow Creation: £120

Season: March to June, October to November

 

 

Educational Masterclass on Meadow Restoration

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Educational Masterclass on Meadow Restoration

Wildflower meadow not looking like you imagined? Sparse flowers engulfed by grass? We can help! We are Expert Horticulturists who would love to show you how to get the most out of your meadow, increasing diversity, reducing grass dominance and improving health. This is a one-to-one session of private tuition aimed at increasing your confidence in the care of your meadow.

Maximum number of guests: 1

Time Scale: One hour

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Masterclass on Meadow Restoration: £80

Season: June to September

 

 

Educational Masterclass on attracting more wildlife into your garden

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Educational Masterclass on attracting more wildlife into your garden

We all care about wildlife and have heard about loss of habitat, but how much do we actually do to help wildlife in our own gardens? It is so true that every little helps whether it is choosing plants that attract pollinators, creating hedgehog corridors, finding alternatives to chemical use in the garden or making bug hotels. If you really want to attract more wildlife into your garden but don’t know where to start, we are bursting with ideas to share with you.

We are Expert Horticulturists who understand the value of balance in the garden and attracting natural predators to assist with pests and diseases. We will show you and your friends what you can do simply, using your garden, to attract more wildlife. You and your friends will love it!

Maximum number of guests: 8

Time Scale: One and a half hours

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Masterclass on Attracting Wildlife: £120

Season: March to September

 

 

Educational Masterclass on Starting a Vegetable Garden

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Educational Masterclass on Starting a Vegetable Garden

Do you long for the taste of freshly pulled vegetables from your own garden, ten minutes from soil to mouth? The satisfaction! The choice! The taste! No more food waste because you only harvest what you need for that meal. It is the best way of eating vegetables, salad crops and fruit! But how to get started…

We are Expert Horticulturists who know just what it takes to get you started. We will show you and your friends what to do, from choosing a site in your garden, preparing the soil, creating paths and boundaries and then sowing, protecting and harvesting your vegetables. We will help with any problems you might encounter. This Masterclass is run in 3 sessions:-

1. Selecting the right site and preparing the soil

2. Then, 2 weeks later…..Creating paths and boundaries and beginning sowing

3. Then 6 weeks later…..Staking, problem solving, netting and harvesting

Maximum number of guests: 4

TTime Scale: 2 hours + 2 hours + 2 hours

Cost for 1 x Expert Horticulturist to conduct the Masterclasses on Starting a Vegetable Garden: £250

 

 

 


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