Gardening Talks & Workshops

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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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Hanging basket workshop 3 - 4PM

Deb Hart has worked in horticulture for 26 years and trained and taught as a professional florist. Join her in creating the perfect hanging basket for your garden. 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 basket supplied) 

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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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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEES IN YOUR GARDEN 3-4PM

Join David Rea, Vice Chair of Ruxley Beekeepers, as he shares his extensive knowledge of bees, beekeeping and honey making. This free talk includes a presentation, hands-on honey tasting and opportunities to ask David more specific questions at the end of the session. If you want to know more about the bees in your garden, apiaries or honey this will be an exciting talk to attend and an opportunity to talk with one of the leading experts in the area

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DAVID AUSTIN ROSES 3-4pm

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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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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