Guest Tutor Courses

Our guest tutors provide expert courses on a wide range of garden topics, from turning your garden design hobby into a career, to pruning roses and garden photography.

Every course includes lunch at the local pub with the guest tutor, plus refreshments and homemade cake will be available throughout the day.

To book your place, click the booking button and complete the online form. You will then be directed to Paypal where you can make your payment. It is also possible to book a place as a gift for someone else.

Discounts are offered to students, and groups of five or more people. Please call or e-mail us for further details.

Matt Biggs

Perfect Plants For Problem Places

The key to good gardening is putting the right plant in the right place, but some locations are trickier than others.

Join Matt for a day of exciting plant ideas for any situation. He will focus on a range of different locations from dry shade and narrow borders, to boggy hollows and windy coastal spots.

As well as the perfect plants, he will also share advice on how to improve your growing conditions.

A day filled with planting solutions that prove there is no such thing as a difficult location.

Wednesday 2nd August

Cost: £145

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Pippa Greenwood

Plant Pests And Diseases

Pests and diseases are a gardener’s worst nightmare. They can often be hard to identify or the signs could be a number of different problems.

Join plant pest and disease expert Pippa Greenwood and learn everything a gardener needs to know about pests and diseases.

The day will contain information and anecdotes on identification, including the effects various pest and diseases have, how they spread and how to tell which are more serious than others. Pippa will talk though how to prevent and cure pests and diseases, and share the best options for chemical-free gardening.

Time will be spent in the classroom, as well as outside in the garden. You are welcome to bring along small samples of plant material for Pippa to have a look at too.

Wednesday 31st May

Cost: £195

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Jason Ingram

Plant And Garden Photography

Join award-winning photographer Jason Ingram for a practical day learning how to improve your garden photography.

He will explain his own techniques to achieving beautiful images, and while walking around Adam’s garden, will reveal the tricks and pieces of kit he couldn’t work without.

Later in the day you will have time to practice your photography skills.

Finally, everyone will share their favourite photo from the day with further advice and tips from Jason.

This course is aimed at anyone with some familiarity using an SLR camera. Please bring along your camera, tripod, spare memory card and batteries.

Friday 30th June

Cost: £145

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Michael Marriott

Rose Day

A day dedicated to the wonderful world of roses.

Michael will explore and explain the different types of rose and reveal his all-time favourites for different situations. He will give advice on how they can be used in the garden, from sprawling ramblers over archways, to the ruffled blooms of old cultivars in borders. He will also share design tips on fantastic planting combinations that you can try at home.

The day would not be complete with out exploring their heady fragrance and Michael will discuss the best roses to fill your garden with scent.

A perfect course if you love roses and want to grow more in your own garden.The day will be filled with advice on rose care, and will surely be a great celebration of one of our garden favourites.

Wednesday 12th July

Cost: £145

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James Alexander-Sinclair

Turning a Hobby into a Profession: Garden Design as a Career

Whether you have just started your own garden design business or are seriously considering the move, there can be a lot to think about.

Join designer James Alexander-Sinclair as he uncovers everything you need to know to turn your hobby into a profession.

He will discuss the little details that can be forgotten and offer advice and guidance on how to make the business a success.

With years of experience James will also focus on topics such as challenging clients, bargains that have to be struck, and trusting your landscaper.

An invaluable day of advice from someone who has been there, experienced it and has ‘the t-shirt’.

Wednesday 16th August

Cost: £195

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Simon Lycett

Superb Summer Flower Arranging

One of the most popular and skilled floral designers in the UK, Simon Lycett is hosting a hands-on day course where everyone will create breathtaking arrangements with late summer flowers.

You will start the day by creating a front-facing arrangement. Simon will demonstrate how to use branches and stems of greenery among blooms of dahlias, cornflowers and marigolds.

In the afternoon, you will learn and practice the essential skills to make a sculptural decoration, incorporating seasonal fruits, gourds and berries.

Simon will help everyone to develop their own style, as well as teaching the basic skills. You will be amazed at what you have created by the end of the day!

The cost includes all flowers, lunch and refreshments, and equipment will be provided too. Everyone will go home with two beautiful decorations to enjoy (and show-off) at home.

Thursday 14th September

Cost: £245

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Roses and foxgloves at Adam Frost's home
Adam Frost's orchard and meadow
Roses flowering at the Adam Frost Garden School