It might not feel like spring is around the corner, but give yourself something to look forward to with a gardening course that brings the promise of flowers:
Best for Tiny Gardens and Balconies: Petersham Nurseries
In London many of us haven’t got much in the way of a garden, but most people have a window ledge or the space and time to manage a few pots at the very least. With even a small effort the results will be incredibly cheering come the spring. This class is the first in a series on planting seasonal containers – in spring that means colour and learning about bulbs of every variety.
5 March 2019, 11am – 12.30pm, £40. Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Richmond TW10 7AB. petershamnurseries.com
Best for Growing Cut Flowers: The Land Gardeners
There could scarcely be a more inspiring setting for a workshop than the beautiful Wardington Manor in Oxfordshire where the spectacular cut flower garden is the work of Henrietta Courtauld and Bridget Elworthy AKA The Land Gardeners. Learn how to design, plan and manage your own cut flower garden whether you’re working with a small patch or large space – and see the results later this summer. These day-long classes always sell out well in advance.
30 April 2019, 10am – 4pm, £245 including morning tea and an organic lunch – and a handbook to take home. Wardington Manor, Banbury, OX17 1SW thelandgardeners.com
Best for Creating a Meadow: Common Farm Flowers
Georgie Newbery is reassuringly down to earth and makes no bones about the challenges of creating a wild flower meadow – something many falsely assume is just as simple as a sprinkling of seeds and letting nature take its course. The 3/4 acre wildflower meadow at Common Farm Flowers in Somerset has been twelve years in the making, but it looks completely breathtaking buzzing with bees and fluttering with butterflies in mid-summer. In this class take a tour of the flower farm and then learn how to create a perennial meadow of your own.
11 June 2019, 10am – 1pm, £85. Common Farm, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset. commonfarmflowers.com
Best for Picking and Arranging: The Flower Appreciation Society
How to create a cutting garden in Hackney? Follow the lead of The Flower Appreciation Society, the professional florists who grow most of their own flowers from a small urban space. Their Flower Masterclass shows you how its done with a tour of the garden followed by an arranging workshop in the studio. In spring the tulips are flowering, some like feathers, others frilly. Belle Epoque, Angelique, Flaming parrot to name a few. As well as narcissi, allium and hellebores.
13th April 2019, 2-4.30pm, 25th May 2019, 2 – 4.30pm, £145. 72A Southgate Road
London, N1 3JF. theflowerappreciationsociety.co.uk
Best for Pressing Flowers: Jam Jar
Make your own framed pressed botanicals at this workshop at Peacock Yard. Learn how to select and prepare your stems for pressing – the flower press is yours to keep at the end of the class for future use. There will also be pre-pressed flowers that are used to demonstrate how to mount and frame your flowers, also yours to take-home at the end.
6 March, 8 May and 7 August 2019, 6.30-8.30pm, £125. 7A Peacock Yard, Iliffe Street, SE17 3LH. jamjaredit.co.uk/workshops