Workshops & Open Days

During Summer 2017 we are opening the garden and flower field for the NGS, plus we will be running a selection of gardening and floristry workshops. We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm and passion for seasonal country-style flowers and inspire you with ideas and tricks of the trade. All the courses are held at our premises in Five Ashes, East Sussex, and will run from 10am until 1pm with pastries and cakes provided throughout the session. To book a workshop, please email us, and we will send payment instructions and directions etc.

Hair circlet

Hair Circlets and Buttonholes

Learn how to make a fabulous hair circlet and buttonhole. We will talk through which flowers and foliages are suitable and long-lasting and then we'll do a "how-to" demo, after which you'll create your own using seasonal flowers and foliages of your choosing. 

Wednesday 14 Jun 2017 10am - 1pm 70
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NGS OPEN DAY 1

  • All proceeds to charity.
  • Plants and cut flowers for sale.
  • Refreshments in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wednesday 21 Jun 2017 1pm - 5pm 4

Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Learn the principles involved in creating a beautiful hand-tied bouquet using the loveliest seasonal flowers and foliages from our field. We will show you how to make a natural-style, unstructured bouquet designed to show the beauty of the flowers to maximum effect. We want to inspire your creativity so won't impose a flower recipe on you, instead you will be able to use your own choice of flowers and foliages to make your own bouquet to take home. 

Sunday 25 Jun 2017 10am - 1pm 70
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Peonies

All About Peonies

Peonies have to be the most romantic and beautiful focal flower in late Spring / early summer. They make exceptional cut flowers and are stunning in the garden. We will talk you through how to grow and care for these beauties in the garden so that you can get the best out of them. Then we will share all our knowledge of how to use them as cut flowers and give you some brilliant tips on how to use them in the vase and in bouquets. We will finish with a "how-to" and show you how to make a pretty posy with peonies and other June blooms after which you can create your own to take home. A fabulous mixture of floristry and gardening - what's not to like?

Wednesday 28 Jun 2017 10am - 1pm 70
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DIY Wedding Flowers

A fun morning of flowery inspiration for people who want to create their own table centres. We will show you how to make simple and stunning table flowers with an informal "just-picked" feel and talk you through how to combine flowers to create impact and beauty without having to use hundreds of stems. We will get crafty and show you some ideas for decorating inexpensive containers. You will create your own kilner jar posy table centre to take home. 

 

Sunday 02 Jul 2017 10am - 1pm 70
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Sweet pea tunnel

All About Sweet Peas

We love sweet peas, they are up there as one of our all time favourite flowers. We have been growing and arranging them for many years now, and have learned lots about how to get the best out of them and which varieties are best for cut flowers. Come and see our sweet peas growing in the field, and we'll talk through how we grow them to get the longest strongest stems. Then we'll have some fun making an arrangement with sweet peas and other seasonal flowers for you to take home.

Sunday 09 Jul 2017 10am - 1pm 70
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Zinnias in polytunnel

NGS OPEN DAY 2

  • All proceeds to charity.
  • Plants and cut flowers for sale.
  • Refreshments in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wednesday 19 Jul 2017 1pm - 5pm 4

NGS OPEN DAY 3

  • All proceeds to charity.
  • Plants and cut flowers for sale.
  • Refreshments in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wednesday 16 Aug 2017 1pm - 5pm 4
Red and pink dahlias

All About Dahlias

Come and spend the morning being inspired by the beauty and infinite variety of the best late summer flower you can have in your garden and vase. We'll have a mooch among our dahlia beds, where we grow a multitude of these amazing long-flowering plants. We'll tell you all that we've learned over the years and highlight the varieties which we have grown to love most as cutting varieties. Trust us, we've tried and tested hundreds! We'll then have a play in the flower workshop and you'll make a seasonal arrangement to take home.

Sunday 03 Sep 2017 10am - 1pm 70
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