Gardening Talks & Workshops

If you are passionate about gardening or simply want to learn more of what can be done join us here at Ruxley Manor for one of our Gardening Talks.  Designed to help you develop your gardening skills, come and listen to our expert speakers guide you through making your garden a show stopper.

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Mike Sokolowski 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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Royal gardens 3-4pm

Join Jim Buttress as he takes you through humorous anecdotes and informative stories from his life as a royal gardener. Jim started working at a local nursery, moving on to the Greater London Council, and ended up with the Royal Parks in London, where he was responsible for Hyde Park, St James Park, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace. He has won eight gold medals at RHS Chelsea and in recognition of his unrivalled contribution to horticulture, in 2006, he was awarded the highest accolade possible in the gardening world, the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH).

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ORCHID DAY 11am - 3:30pm

Dr Manos Kanellos returns to Ruxley Manor this year to give orchid enthusiasts the chance to find out how to best look after their plants. Talks and repotting demos are at 11am and 2pm, The Orchid Clinic between 11am - 15:30pm (except during talks). Feel free to bring your orchid in for an MOT.

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Wreath making workshop 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Join Pauline Coppard in this creative workshop where you will craft your very own beautiful Christmas wreath. She will teach you how to build a beautiful wreath 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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