Workshops and Masterclasses

WORKSHOPS

Our workshops are an intensive in-person educational program, hosted by our expert gardeners for a brief duration (usually 1.5hrs). The class may start with a lecture, there may be discussion and the learning is mostly academic. We wish to keep our classes to a more focused audience and depending on the subject matter they will be held either indoors or outdoors. 

MASTERCLASSES

Our specialty classes taught by our expert gardeners or run by an external presenter with an expert level of knowledge or skill in a particular area. Masterclass run for a longer duration (usually 3-4hrs) and cover a depth of material through either lecture or demonstration and are accompanied by detailed instruction. 

CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER, 2022

3rd

 Companion Planting for Plant Health

Learn all about the main styles of companion planting, plants that repel and attract and good combinations to improve plant health

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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10th

Vegie Growing Intensive

Hands-on demonstration on how to plant very closely together, so every available inch is utilised and nothing goes to waste.

Saturday
10am - 1pm

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17th

Introduction to Basket Weaving

 Join us for this interactive day and learn some new artistic skills for life, while sharing in the calm and almost meditative feelings of a weaving circle. 

Saturday
10am - 2pm

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18th

Organic Pest & Weed Control

Organic gardening implements many different methods to achieve a healthy garden without the use of synthetic chemical insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers.

Sunday
10am - 11:30am

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OCTOBER, 2022

1st

All the Buzz

Dan the Bee Man will host this engaging and interactive workshop. This school holiday workshop will be educational and a lot of fun so come and join the buzz! 

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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15th

Gardening in a Changing Climate

Find out about the growing challenges we face as gardeners and how we can adapt to climate change through plant choice and garden design

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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23rd

Backyard Berries

Head Gardener, Julian Blackhirst will show you his favourite berry selections as you walk through the berry garden at the Garden of St Erth.

Sunday
10am - 1pm

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NOVEMBER, 2022

5th

Composting & Soil Health

The benefits of organic fertilisers, compost, green manures and worm juice and how to build luscious rich soils which is the basis for growing plants successfully.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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20th

Summer Vegie Patch

Get the best vegetable growing tips and methods to maintain your garden in preparation and throughout the heat of Summer. 

Sunday
10am - 11:30am

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26th

Heirloom Seeds: Saving & Preserving

In the workshop, find out what makes heirloom seeds so special, all the methods from sow to grow, when to harvest and how best to preserve your seeds

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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DECEMBER, 2022

3rd

Gardening in Small Spaces

It may be seen as a luxury to only those with larger gardens but our gardener Ryan will show you just how much can be grown in a small space.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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10th

Fruit Trees & Summer Pruning

Learn how to maintain mature fruit trees, cleaning up and pruning, how to shape trees, minimise disease and maximise fruit production. (Heronswood)

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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11th

Fruit Trees & Summer Pruning

Learn how to maintain mature fruit trees, cleaning up and pruning, how to shape trees, minimise disease and maximise fruit production. (The Garden of St Erth)

Sunday
10am - 11:30am

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2023

JANUARY, 2023

22nd

Growing With Seeds 

A great learning opportunity which teaches children about life-cycles, patience, seasons and how to care for living things

Sunday
10am - 11:30am

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FEBRUARY, 2023

4th

Beneficials & Bee Friendly Garden

Learn from our knowledgeable gardener, Ryan who talks you through selecting the right plants for biodiversity, the importance of soil nutrition to produce healthy, soils and how to encourage the 'good bugs'.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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11th

Super Bloom

Join Jac Semmler of Super Bloom for a flower-filled masterclass. Covering all the fundamentals of annual flowers and meadows to enjoy a supersaturation of flowers and encourage biodiversity and more.

Saturday
10am - 1pm

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MARCH, 2023

4th

Diggers Guide to Perennial Vegetables

Hear of Ryan's' favourite perennial vegies, how to best maintain your patch and the best crop rotation plantings that will keep your vegie garden bountiful regardless of the season.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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11th

Preparing Your Autumn Vegie Patch

Favoured techniques in setting up your patch; the various types and styles to adopt whether you're working from a large garden or a small balcony plot.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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19th

Grow Your Spring Bouquet

Join us in this Masterclass as we cover how to grow a variety of seasonal flowers, from the classic cottage blooms to Australian natives with nature and the environment in mind. 

Sunday
10am - 1pm

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APRIL, 2023

8th

Flowering Perennials

A walk through the beautiful perennial gardens of Heronswood with explanation on several points to consider when planning your perennial garden.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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16th

Starting Your Own Heirloom Apple Orchard

How to set up your orchard from preparing soils to growing an abundant apple orchard. Our head gardener’s guide to the best heirloom varieties and his tips & tricks to giving your orchard the best chance of success 

Sunday
10am - 11:30am

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MAY, 2023

6th

Designing for Autumn Colour

Garden celebrity, Simon Rickard, will guide you through his most popular plant pairings and combinations, his observations of some of the worlds most spectacular gardens and how to bring some of his learnings into your own backyard.

Saturday
10am - 1pm

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13th

Improving Soils

Learn from our soil guru, Ryan who will show you how to get nutrient-rich and beautifully aerated soils- the basis for healthy plant growth

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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21st

The Art of Espalier & Cider Making 

Learn the best heirloom varieties, planting requirements and training techniques for espaliering fruit trees, plus tips from the cider-making pro’s for making the tastiest ciders.

Sunday
10am - 1pm

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JUNE, 2023

3rd

Winter in the Garden

They say a gardener's job is never done! Learn from our experienced gardener, Ryan about the gardening activities he gets up to in Cloudehill gardens and what you will need to do in your own garden during winter.

Saturday
10am - 11:30am

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10th

Fruit Tree Pruning

Learn from expert horticulturist Phil Shepherd in this historically popular workshop on how to provide the ultimate winter care for your orchard, no matter its size and to how to maximise your yield for next season.

Saturday
10am - 1pm

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25th

The Longest Lunch

Join us at The Garden of St Erth for a Q&A workshop with Diggers experts, Ryan, Julian and Tim. On the day, we will be holding a banquet lunch, bonfire & glamping. Limited tickets!

Sunday
11am - 3pm

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