events & courses
We offer a programme of horticulture and floral design courses, surrounded by the beautiful Dorset countryside. The horticulture courses combine talks with practical demonstrations in the garden and in the greenhouse, perfect for building knowledge, based on the wide variety of plants here. Hugely inspirational, the floral courses are dreamt up by our tutor who never fails to surprise, using flowers grown especially for his schemes, in the Walled Garden.
The Floral Workshops
Our floral workshops are very popular due to the original themes and combinations chosen by our regular tutor, who works very closely with nature. He also takes great delight in foraging from the farm, to add that element of surprise and delight to his themes.
The floral studio is set in the heart of the garden and the flowers are grown especially for the workshops, in the cutting beds of the Walled Garden. Our tutor is a very attentive teacher and we keep our workshops small in numbers, so as to ensure enough time is given to each attendee. This creates an intimate and friendly atmosphere in the floral studio.
We also like to ensure that everyone is well fed with delicious lunches, generous teas, coffee and cake to keep the concentration flowing!
" Simply wonderful day with Dorset Walled Garden in Dorset. There are summer days in England in June that are like a gift from heaven ~ the roses and the scent and the people and the place are just a dream ~ and today was such a day"
~ Written by @amandaseend, owner of the most beautiful garden, which opens in the summer in Seend, Wiltshire.
The horticulture courses
Our horticulture courses focus on particular themes for a day, or a wide variety of subjects, over a number of days. The courses combine talks with practical demonstrations in the garden and in the greenhouse. With the wide variety of plants here in the garden, it enables attendees to build on their knowledge and learn a great deal. We provide a sit-down lunch, tea, coffee, cake etc aswell as helpful notes on the topics covered, to take home at the end of the day.
"Nestled in a fold of hills in deepest, rural Dorset is the picture-postcard village of Up Sydling, where wisteria-clad, flint-and-thatch cottages straddle crystal-clear, fast-flowing chalk streams. It is here, along a lane edged with high earth banks, that you eventually reach a cobbled ford, whose joyful banks burst with yellow flag iris, beyond which lies the garden...(which) sits in a valley surrounded by curvaceous hills; the light here seems to have a verdant luminosity, where lines are lengthened, and detail exaggerated. The landscape is everything and all views reach out towards it. Layered hedges along field boundaries, copses tucked into creases and veteran trees standing isolated link this ancient landscape back to the house and garden."
Troy Scott-Smith for Gardens Illustrated
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