Gardening for Beginners 2024

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4 days on Wednesday & Thursday 17,18,24,25 April 2024
10.30 – 4.00 daily
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Sandhill Farm House
Sandhill Farm House
Often given as an unusual and useful present! Our popular course is led by master horticulturist Ben Pope with the opportunity to study at the Chelsea Physic Garden and in two private gardens


Do you have a potentially good garden but do not know where to begin?

The first 3 days of this popular 4 day course take place in the Chelsea Physic Garden lecture room with the final day spent in two private gardens near Petersfield. Your tutor is RHS Master of Horticulture Ben Pope.  Covers all you need to know to care for your garden  – understanding your soil, choosing and selecting new plants, growing new plants from seed and taking cuttings, common pests and diseases, lawn care, pruning trees, shrubs and climbers, vegetable and fruit growing, control of weeds, mulching and composting are all explained and demonstrated. The final day spent in 2 private gardens brings everything into context and gives time for questions and personal involvement.

Course notes, light lunch and refreshments are included.

How to Apply

Sadly this course is now full. Please click on the green Apply button if you wish to learn about the dates for the 2025 course, when they are released or email us

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