Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5BQ  |  020 8300 0084
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm  |  Sunday 10am - 4.00pm

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Events & Attractions

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Circus Craft Day

15 Feb 2016 - 19 Feb 2016

£4.99

Spring Half Term

Have you ever wanted to be a circus performer? Well it’s your lucky day. Here you can make your very own clown mask, tie and hat at our circus craft day. Just like a real clown in the circus get as creative and funny as possible! We want to see plenty of clowning around.

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Orchid day

01 Mar 2016

Does your orchid look tired? Does it need repotting? Do you want to know how to best look after it? Dr Manos Kanellos returns this year to give orchid enthusiasts the chance to find out how to best look after their plants. 

Talks and repotting demos: 11am and 2pm, Orchid Clinic 12:00pm – 15:30pm (except during talks). Bring your orchid for an MOT.

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Front gardens: making the most of your house

15 Mar 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Alison Marsden

Does your front garden cut the mustard? We all want to walk or drive home and be greeted by a garden that looks like it belongs, emphasises the best in the house and is beautiful in its own right. Come along to hear Alison Marsden share her tips and tricks  and learn the key principles on how to turn your front garden into a show stopper.

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Plant a Flower Basket

21 Mar 2016 - 24 Mar 2016

£5.99

Easter Holidays

Spring into action and get your hands dirty! Plant your very own spring basket to put in your garden or give as the perfect spring time gift to Mum, Dad or Nan.

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Make a Wooden Bird Feeder

29 Mar 2016 - 01 Apr 2016

£4.99

Easter Holidays

This is one for the nature lovers who want to give nature a home this spring! Assemble and decorate your very own bird feeder! Fly away with this creative activity for all the family to enjoy, with an assembled size of 19cm x 16cm x11cm.

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Amateur grapevine growing

29 Mar 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Maike Windhorst

Maike has been an organic gardener for almost five decades and has been aiming for self-sufficiency. Come hear her talk about the methods and techniques of cultivating grapes, and how to grow a reliable and worthwhile crop with very little input.

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Plants for the summer border

12 Apr 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Margaret Easter

Margaret Easter holds National Plant Collection® of Thymus (Scientific Status) and is the International Cultivar Registration Authority for Thymus (ICRA). Come along to to hear her ideas on what to plant for a succession of flowers in your garden this summer.

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Planting containers and hanging baskets workshop

26 Apr 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

£14.99

This workshop will run through a step-by-step guide to creating beautiful, professional looking basket displays that will last all summer long. Explore how to fill containers for colour throughout the year. (Plants, compost and containers supplied)

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Planting containers and hanging baskets workshop

10 May 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

£14.99

This workshop will run through a step-by-step guide to creating beautiful, professional looking basket displays that will last all summer long. Explore how to fill containers for colour throughout the year. (Plants, compost and containers supplied)

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Springtime wild edible plants and medicinal fungi

24 May 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Claudio Bincoletto

Claudio Bincoletto is an Italian chef, expert of wild food, eco-horticulturist and a guest speaker and cookery tutor at London RHS shows. Come along to try out seasonal wild ingredients and hear tips about foraging.

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Paint a Garden Gnome

31 May 2016 - 03 Jun 2016

£5.99

May Half Term

Unleash the inner artist in you. Have a go at painting your own ceramic gnome. Get as messy and creative as possible and make something that stands out to put in your own garden.

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World of flowers: dahlias, pelargoniums and fuchsias

14 Jun 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Nick  Dobson

Nick has been a keen gardener for over 40 years and is a former Fuchsia Show Champion at Local and National level. Come along to hear about how to create your own spectacular display this summer.

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David Austin roses

28 Jun 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Mike Sokolowski

Mike has vast experience having worked for the internationally acclaimed Rose Breeders and Growers, David Austin Roses. Come and hear him talk about the scale and intricacies of breeding new Rose varieties, from seed through to launch at the Chelsea Flower Show.  He will also share his in-depth knowledge including cultivation, planting and care advice as well as talking about some of his personal favourite varieties and their versatility in the garden. 

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Plant hunter

05 Jul 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

£3.99

Expert: Tom Hart-Dyke

Tom Hart Dyke first shot to international prominence when he was kidnapped in the Colombian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong. This fascinating talk will delve into the deep rooted traditions of plant hunters of past and present, talking about his travelling to the far flung corners of our green globe, risking life and limb in pursuit of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring plants.

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Design a Fairy Garden

25 Jul 2016 - 29 Jul 2016

£4.99

Summer Holidays

Sprinkle some fairy dust over your summer holidays and create your own indoor fairy garden.  Make it as pretty as you can and you may have a fairy or two come to visit!

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Paint a Coin Bank

01 Aug 2016 - 05 Aug 2016

£4.99

Summer Holidays

Decorate your own piggy bank! Make a personalised piggy bank and start saving! They also make a perfect gift for someone special who needs a little helping hand when it comes to saving the pennies!

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Build a Bug Hotel

08 Aug 2016 - 12 Aug 2016

£4.99

Summer Holidays

Don’t bug out on this one! Make a bug hotel using only recycled material for those critters to have a rest or a day off! This activity will also educate you on the kind of bugs you want helping you along in the garden.  Help the bugs, and the bugs will help you!

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Make your own wind chime

15 Aug 2016 - 19 Aug 2016

£4.99

Summer Holidays

Bring melody and music to your home using recycled materials  to make your own colourful wind chime to hang in your garden.

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The Winter Garden

20 Sep 2016  (15:00 - 16:00)

Expert: Hilary  Newman

Hilary Newman is a holder of M.Hort (RHS). Edinburgh Royal Botanic gardens and a retired lecturer at Hadlow College in Kent. Come along to hear his talk on making the most of your garden this winter.

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Orchid day

04 Oct 2016

Does your orchid look tired? Does it need repotting? Do you want to know how to best look after it? Dr Manos Kanellos returns this year to give orchid enthusiasts the chance to find out how to best look after their plants. 

Talks and repotting demos: 11am and 2pm, Orchid Clinic 12:00pm – 15:30pm (except during talks). Bring your orchid for an MOT.

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Pumpkin Carving

24 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016

£3.99

Autumn Half Term

Don’t miss this spooky treat! Scare your family and friends by carving your own pumpkin. Choose whatever design you want to create the choice is yours!

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Wreath decorating workshop

22 Nov 2016 - 23 Nov 2016

£19.99

22 and 23 November 4.30 - 5.30pm 

Create your very own beautiful Christmas wreath in one of these hour-long workshops. The sessions will be hosted by our very own Visual Merchandising Team who will teach you how to build beautiful wreaths using a variety of seasonal colours and foliage. All materials are included and you will take your creation home at the end to hang on your front door or give away as a great gift.

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Christmas tree dressing workshop

29 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

£3.99

29 and 30 November 4.30 - 5.30pm 

Come along to one of our hour long workshops and learn how to decorate the perfect Christmas tree. The session will talk you through how to dress your tree to impress, how to create your very own sensational Christmas scheme whilst sharing the secrets of the perfectly dressed tree. 

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