Gardening advice for members

Workshops at Heronswood

Heirloom seed saving - The basics

03 March 2018 10:00
Seed is a gardener's inheritance. It can be passed from one generation to the next, acclimatised to your garden through natural selection and allows you to take control of your food supply. Learn basic seed saving techniques in this beginners workshop.

Heirloom seed saving - Advanced

03 March 2018 13:00
This advanced workshop takes a deeper look at seed saving techniques. Learn how to maintain the best qualities in open pollinated varieties so that true-to-type seed can be passed on to friends and family.

Glorious Garlic!

04 March 2018 10:00
If you’re wondering about the best ways to choose, grow and store your garlic, book early for this popular workshop with Garlic Expert Penny Woodward.

Pest Repellent Plants and other organic solutions

04 March 2018 13:00
Penny Woodward will teach you about experimenting and growing pest repellent plants as well as plants that attract predators into your garden.

Discover the world of wild edible Weeds!

17 March 2018 13:00
Learn what tasty and interesting delights can be found as weeds in your own backyard!

Your Ultimate Backyard Orchard - Extended Workshop

07 April 2018 10:00
Whether you are starting from scratch, enhancing your current, or rejuvenating the old and neglected, this extended workshop will arm you with all the necessary tools to ensure a healthy and productive orchard for many years to come.

ALL DAY INTENSIVE - Autumn Vegie Patch for Beginners

14 April 2018 09:30
Soil preparation, seed sowing and transplanting in the kitchen garden for budding gardeners.

Soil Ecology, Compost and Green Manures

21 April 2018 10:00
Learn how to create nutrient rich soil to grow your best harvest ever!

Olives - Grow, Harvest & Perfect your Brine

21 April 2018 13:00
Easy to grow, delicious to eat, and prolific at harvest time - Olives! Love them or hate them, they are an attractive and highly functional tree, with a fruit that can be used in a myriad of ways.

ALL DAY INTENSIVE - Spring Vegie Patch for Beginners

01 September 2018 09:30
Soil preparation, seed sowing and transplanting in the kitchen garden for budding gardeners.

ALL DAY INTENSIVE - Spring Vegie Patch for Beginners

07 October 2018 09:30
Soil preparation, seed sowing and transplanting in the kitchen garden for budding gardeners.

Workshops in Adelaide

Glorious Garlic!

18 March 2018 10:00
Easy to grow, beautiful to look at and prolific at harvest time. Everyone needs to grow these!

Seed sowing for your autumn vegie patch

18 March 2018 12:00
Start from the beginning … take a packet of seeds and turn them into the most wonderful crop!

Backyard chooks

15 April 2018 10:00
Integrating chickens to your garden can be very beneficial. Learn how to make the most of it.

Soil, composting, green manures and worms!

15 April 2018 12:00
Discover why the real secret to successful crops is healthy soil.

Complete management of your Home Orchard

20 May 2018 10:00
Whether you are starting from scratch, enhancing your current, or rejuvenating the old and neglected, this workshop will arm you with all the necessary tools to ensure a healthy and productive orchard for many years to come

Bloomin’ Great Berries!

20 May 2018 12:00
Imagine wandering through your garden and returning with bowls of jewel-like berries, home-grown and freshly harvested by you! Growing berries is not as hard as you may think, join us and we'll show you how easy it can be!

Potatoes: More than just a simple spud!

17 June 2018 10:00
A staple in most homes, versatile in cooking, and loved by the masses when chipped, chopped, mashed, scalloped or roasted – we all love potatoes and they’re so easy to grow, join us for all the top tips!

Edible Garden Design

17 June 2018 12:00
Edible garden design combines a desire for both beauty and production, and getting the two to subtly mesh together effectively takes skill and an appreciation of both the art and the science

Workshops at St Erth

Glorious Garlic!

03 March 2018 11:00
Join garlic guru Penny Woodward as she shares her secrets to growing garlic successfully as well as how to harvest and efficiently store your crop for use all throughout the year.

"This goes with that" Perennial Design

03 March 2018 14:00
The Diggers Club prides itself on our perennial borders and our 'This Goes with That' philosophy makes it even easier to design and plant a stunning garden.

Plan & Plant your best ever Winter Vegie Patch

10 March 2018 11:00
Learn how to avoid gluts and have a steady supply of food all year through successive planting, crop rotation, using cold frames and hot houses and making the most of your local climate.

The art of gardening - your ultimate Q&A!

10 March 2018 14:00
We all have nagging questions that, despite asking Google or a neighbour, just don't get properly answered... In this ultimate 'Q&A' forum, throw your best questions in the ring for Julian and your workshop peers to answer for you, once and for all!

Worm farms, composting, tea and bokashi!

11 March 2018 11:00
Do you want to become more self sufficient and enjoy compost from your own household and garden waste? You can 'make your own' compost, learn the necessary conditions and components, incorporating wonderful worms, make a garden tea, and what is bokashi?!

Cooking and Preserving your Summer Harvest

18 March 2018 13:00
Summer is one of the most bountiful times in the garden, sometimes too bountiful, and we all love to capture our harvest to enjoy both now, and also through the leaner winter months. Join Damian, Chef and owner of Piper St. Food Co. to discover how...

Saving your Heirloom Seed

25 March 2018 11:00
The ideal workshop to understand open pollination, and the science behind seed saving. Learn basic techniques on collection and storage of vegetable and flower seeds, as well as more advanced techniques of harvesting, cleaning and long term storage.

Sowing your Wildflower Meadow

25 March 2018 14:00
Make growing wildflowers a successful pleasure, while also improving your garden's health by encouraging beneficial bugs!

Beekeeping for Beginners - Part 1: The Basics

14 April 2018 11:00
Part 1 of this fascinating workshop series provides an intimate look at the life of bees. A must for anyone who grows their own fruit and vegetables or wants a hive of their own.

Beekeeping for Beginners - Part 2: Extraction

14 April 2018 14:00
Now that you know how to care and nurture your bees, this afternoon’s workshop will teach you all you need to know to harvest the honey.

Olives - Grow, Harvest & Perfect your Brine

15 April 2018 14:00
Easy to grow, delicious to eat, and prolific at harvest time - Olives! Love them or hate them, they are an attractive and highly functional tree, with a fruit that can be used in a myriad of ways.

Bloomin’ Great Berries!

22 April 2018 11:00
Imagine wandering through your garden and returning with bowls of jewel-like berries, home-grown and freshly harvested by you! Growing berries is not as hard as you may think, join us and we'll show you how easy it can be!

Introduction to Permaculture - Principles and Design for Beginners

22 April 2018 14:00
Permaculture is a form of landscape design that follows recognised principles, while utilizing the features and patterns occurring in our natural eco-systems.

Simple Cider Making at Home

27 May 2018 11:00
Celebrate the apple season harvest by joining us at the magnificent Garden of St Erth, and learn to become a cider connoisseur

Plan and Plant your Heritage Orchard

27 May 2018 14:00
Whether you are starting from scratch, enhancing your current, or rejuvenating the old and neglected, this workshop will arm you with all the necessary tools to ensure a healthy and productive orchard for many years to come

Workshops at Cloudehill

Cut flowers from your summer garden

03 March 2018 10:30
Who wouldn't want a garden full of gorgeous flowers! Learn how to plant a beautiful floral garden, as well as get tips and hints to make the most of them in a vase indoors!

Sowing a whimsical wildflower meadow

03 March 2018 13:00
Learn all the tricks of growing wildflowers from seed, and how to prepare now to ensure you have your own magnificent wildflower meadow next spring.

Marvellous mushrooms

04 March 2018 10:30
Learn the secrets to growing your own oyster mushrooms at home in this hand-on workshop. First cultivated during World War 1, Oyster mushrooms have a delicate flavour and are one of the easiest to grow at home.

FLOWER ARRANGING FROM YOUR GARDEN

17 March 2018 10:30
Learn how to arrange the flowers you have picked from your garden.

BACKYARD BEES 101

17 March 2018 14:00
BEES 101 Everything you need to know about starting your own hive.

Discover pests, predators and pollinators.

07 April 2018 10:30
Learn how to identify common pests, predators and pollinators in your garden and organic treatments to keep your garden healthy.

Seed Sowing for your Winter Vegie Patch

07 April 2018 13:00
Discover the wonder and joy of successful seed sowing. Using simple steps and basic rules on how to start your seeds in the cooler months using some tried and tested methods.

Glorious Garlic!

08 April 2018 10:30
Easy to grow, delicious to eat, beautiful to look at, and prolific at harvest time. Forget the imported fumigated garlic you find at the supermarket, and learn how to grow your own!

Introduction to Permaculture Principles and Design for Beginners

05 May 2018 10:30
Permaculture is a form of landscape design that follows recognised principles, while utilizing the features and patterns occurring in our natural eco-systems.

Simple Cider Making at Home

05 May 2018 13:00
Celebrate the apple season harvest by joining us at Cloudehill, and learn to become a cider connoisseur!

Success with Avocados in the hills

06 May 2018 10:30
We love them, we crave them, and they’re even good for us, delicious avocados, food of the millennials, but how do you successful grow a great crop, especially in the hills? Join this workshop for all the ‘know how’ on growing your own avocados at home

Plan and Plant your Heritage Orchard

06 May 2018 13:00
Whether you are starting from scratch, enhancing your current, or rejuvenating the old and neglected, this workshop will arm you with all the necessary tools to ensure a healthy and productive orchard for many years to come

Sharpen your skills...

...at Diggers monthly workshops.

Diggers garden workshops are held each month at Heronswood, St Erth, Cloudehill and Adelaide. Workshops focus on a wide range of essential gardening topics, techniques and skills, as well as on specific plants and tasks to suit the season.

They are led by our garden experts and special guests.

How to book

Bookings are essential for each workshop and can be made by calling our Garden Shops.

Heronswood (03) 5984 7321

St Erth (03) 5368 6514

Cloudehill (03) 9751 0584

Adelaide (08) 8232 8671

Standard workshops run for 1 to 1.5 hours with time to ask our experts specific questions. Advanced workshops run for a minimum of 2.5 hours.

Standard workshops are $39 for members and $49 for non-members. Advanced workshop prices vary - see individual advanced workshop information for details.

Bookings are not refundable within 7 days of any workshop.

What our members say

Cider making and permaculture
Cloudehill, Jan '15

"It was a great introduction and I enjoyed being able to meet the presenter. Want to do more! Lynne."

Growing vegetables all year round
St Erth, Jan '15

"Grace was fabulous - her knowledge was conveyed clearly. Fantastic seminar! M. Cooper."

Growing perennial vegetables
St Erth, July '15

"I love the fact that St Erth's workshops are very flexible. Presenters are always willing to answer my gardening questions."

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