Textured acrylics with Jackie Lowman
Jul
4
10:30 AM10:30

Textured acrylics with Jackie Lowman

Join Jackie for the day and get an introduction to her style of painting. You will create a mixed media piece of artwork using acrylic Inks and materials to add texture. Jackie's paintings are colourful and  impressionistic, fun to create and engage the imagination.

This class is suitable for all levels of ability and just needs an open mind and a love of experimenting. You will gain an insight into creating texture in your pictures and hopefully some useful knowledge of Acrylic Inks.

Members £35 Non-members £40, £5 on the day for materials if required. A full list will be provided on booking.

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Willow hare making
Jul
13
10:30 AM10:30

Willow hare making

Join artisan willow weaver extraordinaire, Katherine Miles and create your own Willow Hare.  Choose whether it sits looking thoughtful, or gazes up to the moon. No experience necessary, all equipment provided and at the end of the day you will leave with your very own willow hare. How great is that?!

Katherine lives on Dartmoor and undertakes commissions for truly extraordinary willow pieces. We're very happy to have her here for the first workshop she's ever done for us. 

Members £70 Non-members £75

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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Cottage Garden
Jul
18
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Cottage Garden

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he guides you through the intense planting of the Cottage Garden. He'll explain how to create and maintain your own patch of cottage heaven and answer all your questions. It will last for approximately one and a half hours. This event takes place in the garden, spaces are limited to just ten people and must be booked in advance. 

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Head Gardener Masterclass How to create and maintain a naturalistic garden
Jul
19
11:00 AM11:00

Head Gardener Masterclass How to create and maintain a naturalistic garden

Have you tried to create a naturalistic garden and slipped into wilderness, or been too keen with the secateurs and lost that natural look?

The Garden House is famous for naturalistic planting. Visitors from all over the world swoosh their way through our grasses and repeat plantings, marvelling at heights, colours and clever use of seasonal planting.

It’s not easy to plant as if nature is in control. Our ‘deconstructed herbaceous borders’ take plenty of planning and maintenance. Spend a day with us and learn tips, techniques and ideas to create a piece of Garden House in your own garden.

Nick Haworth, our head gardenerwill take a day out to share the theory and show the practise in this masterclass. Spend time in the classroom and in the garden, before heading home, full of ideas and enthusiasm.

Members: £30 Non-members £35

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Treasure Island outdoor theatre
Aug
11
6:30 PM18:30

Treasure Island outdoor theatre

When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of the late 'Captain' Billy Bones, it hurtles him in to a cat and mouse game with dangerous pirates, taking him across the World to 'Treasure Island'. 

Will Jim find the treasure? 

Will he make it back to England?

And should he trust the mysterious ship's cook, Long John Silver? 

With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy this classic tale of adventure, treasure and, of course, rum, in Boxtree Production's unique and energetic way!

Adult £14,  Child £10,  Children under 5 free. Price includes admission to the garden during the day.

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Head Gardener Masterclass: How to create and maintain borders
Aug
16
11:00 AM11:00

Head Gardener Masterclass: How to create and maintain borders

Spend a day with us in the company of our head gardener and learn how to design and maintain borders to be proud of.

Most gardens have space for a border or two. More often than not they turn into a disappointment of patchy planting. Learn valuable information, techniques and tips about how to get great borders in your garden – whatever your soil or garden conditions. Whether you are planning your first garden or trying to bring order back into your borders, this course will give you a lift and help you plan confidently.

Nick Haworth will lead you through the theory, share his experience and show you how his ideas work in practise as he explains how the magnificent borders in the 2 acre walled garden are put together. There will be plenty of time for conversations and questions on this down to earth course. You’ll spend time indoors and out on this rewarding day, before heading home full of confidence and inspiration to try out new ideas.

Members: £30 Non-members £35

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Children's Hospice Weekend
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Children's Hospice Weekend

We're raising money for Children's Hospice South West and will be donating from our admission fees, as well as hosting all sorts of games, activities and competitions in order to fill the coffers even more for this amazing local charity. Come along, enjoy the garden and get into the swing of things. Bring your loose change; we'll be creating a daisy-chain of coins all around the arboretum!

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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener - Summer Garden
Aug
22
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener - Summer Garden

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he guides you through the intense planting of the Summer Garden. He'll explain how to create and maintain your own patch of perennial summer and answer all your questions. This event takes place in the garden and must be booked in advance.  It will last approximately one and a half hours. There are only ten places.

Members £12 Non-members £15

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The First Great Garden Sleepover!
Aug
25
to Aug 26

The First Great Garden Sleepover!

Ever wondered what the garden is like after dark? Come and find out. Take a torch-lit walk through the tall trees, enjoy stories in the Dell, and connect with your wild side around the firepit. We'll feast on pizza, tell stories around the fire and enjoy sharing the garden with the owls and bats. If you want to sleep over - bring a tent (no cooking). Breakfast available in the cafe.

£15 adults £10 children under 16. Children aged five and under free. Pizza included.

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Head Gardener Masterclass: How to design a garden for late summer interest
Sep
5
11:00 AM11:00

Head Gardener Masterclass: How to design a garden for late summer interest

How does your garden look late in the season? Full of colour and vigour? Or tired and patchy? If you know The Garden House you'll know we're colour packed right through until November. Come on this masterclass with Nick Haworth, our head gardener and learn the design skills to bring life into your garden months after summer has ended. You'll spend time in the garden and classroom, and see how Nick puts skills into action to create planting schemes that keep the garden looking exceptional. Take home ideas for improving your garden and plenty of hints and tips about how to use clever design to keep your garden looking good. As with all our masterclasses, places are limited to just ten people.

Members: £30 Non-members £35

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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener; Dahlias and long borders
Sep
15
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener; Dahlias and long borders

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he guides you through the dahlias... He'll explain how to select, propagate and protect them as well as share information about they are used in the design of the long borders in the Walled Garden. You'll be with Nick for approximately one and a half hours. This event takes place in the garden, spaces are limited to just ten people and must be booked in advance. 

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Photography Masterclass with Philip Smith
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Masterclass with Philip Smith

Learn from a master garden photographer, in the first workshop he has held at The Garden House. Philip Smith is a professional garden and plant photographer with twenty years experience. We have lured him here following his visit to the garden for the first time in ten years and we're excited to see the photographs he takes.

His images have been featured in a wide variety of magazines and books. In 2007, he founded International Garden Photographer of the Year in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and ran it for seven years. During this time, he developed workshops in garden and plant photography for clients such as the National Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, National Garden of Wales and many others. His workshops have expanded to include locations overseas, notably Parques de Sintra and Cida das Camelias, Portugal, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Sweden, and I Maestri del Passagio festival, Italy. Philip is a workshop leader for the Royal Photographic Society and author of ͚Better Plant and Garden Photography (Garden Photo Press, 2012).

Philip will take time in the classroom and the garden to show you how to take better photographs. This workshop is a must for any keen or aspiring garden photographer. 

Members £70 Non-members £75

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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Autumn colour
Oct
23
10:30 AM10:30

'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Autumn colour

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he guides you through the colours of autumn. The Acer Glade will be in full swing and there will be plenty of time spent in the later perennials too! He'll explain how to create and maintain your own autumnal interest and answer all your questions. This event takes place in the garden regardless of the weather. There are just ten spaces and they must be booked in advance. 

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Astronaut training with the Space Detective workshop
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Astronaut training with the Space Detective workshop

Do You Wanna Be An Astronaut?

This lively interactive workshop investigates what it actually takes to become an
astronaut living and working in space! Have you got the necessary fitness? Are you
calm under pressure? Are your reaction times reach the speed of light? Problem
solving and teamwork skills to make it? Are you indeed made of the “right stuff?!”

Coupled with a highly informative look at life and work on board the International
Space Station, Jo Richardson of The Space Detectives also brings the Virtual Reality Space Walk Experience to this workshop! Find out what it really feels like to be an astronaut!
Space is dangerous, space is tough……. Come and be the best of the best……

Jo is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and one of the 9 ESERO-UK
(European Space Education Office) Space Ambassadors working on high profile
national space projects such as those surrounding Tim Peake and Mission X.

Normal garden admission applies. The workshop fees are; Adults free. Children under 16 £3. Children five and under free. 

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In the starry sky - supper and stars
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

In the starry sky - supper and stars

Jo Richardson joins us to host a fascinating evening of star talk and star gazing. Jo is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and one of the 9 ESERO-UK
(European Space Education Office) Space Ambassadors working on high profile
national space projects such as those surrounding Tim Peake and Mission X.t She can shine a light on what life is like on the International Space Station...

She will take you on a voyage of discovery through the night sky.  Learn about the myths
and legends of star stories; and investigate our nearest star, the Sun. By making
comparisons with other stars in the galaxy, she will share the latest scientific
developments in astronomy and science relating to the discovery of exoplanetary
systems. This is followed by telescopic observations (weather permitting) of the night
sky led by the astronomy team. 

This event will take place regardless of the weather. If weather doesn't  permit stargazing there will be a photographic display by Jo's husband, Pete Richardson, an award winning astrophotographer.

Adults £18 Children £10 (includes supper)

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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Paonia, Iris, Thalictrum
Jun
20
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Paonia, Iris, Thalictrum

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he explains about the Paonia, Iris and Thalictrum species in the garden and answers all your questions. This event takes place in the garden, regardless of the weather. It will last for approximately one and a half hours. There are ten spaces only and they must be booked in advance. 

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Art class miniature oil landscapes
Jun
14
10:30 AM10:30

Art class miniature oil landscapes

Join Clare Law, a well regarded local artist and one of our 'Drawn to the Valley' supporters as she takes you through the hugely enjoyable process of creating a miniature landscape in oils. Weather permitting you'll spend time in the garden, choosing your view before recreating it with a small palette knife, (and possibly fingers!) back in the classroom.

Clare is an experienced tutor and artist. She has exhibited her work many times.  You're in safe hands whether you are experienced or a total novice, this class is for all abilities. 

Members £35 Non-members £40 £5 for materials if required. A full list will be provided on booking.

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Bats and butterflies galore
Jun
13
2:00 PM14:00

Bats and butterflies galore

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project and the Butterfly Conservation Organisation are joining forces for the day to talk bats and butterflies and detect them around the garden. This will be a fun, interesting day and we'll all learn more about the important wildlife in the garden. 

Drop in and out of the talks and events on the day. There's no additional charge, access to all the bats and butterflies is covered by your usual garden admission fee. 
 
2-4pm Butterfly ID workshop with Megan Lowe of Butterfly Conservation
7pm – Talk about moths
7.30pm -  Talk about the Greater Horseshoe Bat project with Helen Parr of Devon Wildlife Trust
8pm - Supper: Please book in advance by emailing catering@thegardenhouse.org.uk or call 01822 854769
9.30-10.30 - Bat detecting & putting out moth traps!

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Photography Masterclass with Philip Smith
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Masterclass with Philip Smith

Learn from a master garden photographer, in the first workshop he has held at The Garden House. Philip Smith is a professional garden and plant photographer with twenty years experience. We have lured him here following his visit to the garden for the first time in ten years and we're excited to see the photographs he takes.

His images have been featured in a wide variety of magazines and books. In 2007, he founded International Garden Photographer of the Year in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and ran it for seven years. During this time, he developed workshops in garden and plant photography for clients such as the National Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, National Garden of Wales and many others. His workshops have expanded to include locations overseas, notably Parques de Sintra and Cida das Camelias, Portugal, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Sweden, and I Maestri del Passagio festival, Italy. Philip is a workshop leader for the Royal Photographic Society and author of ͚Better Plant and Garden Photography (Garden Photo Press, 2012).

Philip will take time in the classroom and the garden to show you how to take better photographs. This workshop is a must for any keen or aspiring garden photographer. 

Members £70 Non-members £75

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Woodland plants and shaded sites 'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener
May
23
10:30 AM10:30

Woodland plants and shaded sites 'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he explains about the woodlanders and how he plants for shaded sites in the garden. He'll answer all your questions and offer advice and tips. This event takes place in the garden and will carry on regardless of bad weather. Spaces are limited to just ten people and must be booked in advance. *Wodlanders and shade planting is also covered in one of Nick's popular masterclasses.

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Head Gardener Masterclass: How to create and maintain a woodland or shaded garden
May
16
11:00 AM11:00

Head Gardener Masterclass: How to create and maintain a woodland or shaded garden

Do you have a shaded area in your garden that you want to improve? In this down-to-earth masterclass learn how to make the most of shady spots and bring a new lease of life to your garden. 

Your day will be spent in the classroom and the garden. Learn from Nick as he shares his experience and answers your questions.  In the garden you’ll see shaded areas in a new light and see how the theory is put into practise. 

This class will benefit experienced gardeners and novices alike. It will include advice about soil types, plant choices and maintenance. You’ll learn how to work with the changing seasonal light and plan your shaded garden for prolonged interest. 

You will come away with a sound understanding of how shaded gardening work, as well as inspiration and ideas to put into practise in your own garden.  

Members: £30 Non-members £35

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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener
Apr
18
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he explains about the Anemone nemerosa and Erythronium in the garden and answers all your questions. This event takes place in the garden and will proceed regardless of bad weather. It will last for approximately one and a half hours. There are only ten spaces and they must be booked in advance. 

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Paint Venice like JMW Turner
Apr
11
10:30 AM10:30

Paint Venice like JMW Turner

Ever been to Venice?  Join well known local artist Iain Grant for a day and see the city in a whole new light. Learn how to paint like JMW Turner and let loose with your creativity. At the end of the day you will have enjoyed doing something different, created a masterpiece and had a wonderful relaxing day at The Garden House.

This is a relaxed class for all abilities. Iain is an accomplished tutor. You are in safe hands!

Members £35 Non-members £40.  £5 for materials if required. A full list will be provided on booking.

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Spring into your garden 'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener
Mar
21
1:30 PM13:30

Spring into your garden 'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he explains about the camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas in the garden. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn all about how to maintain and care for these plants. This event takes place in the garden and will carry on regardless of bad weather. It will last for approximately one and a half hours. It must be booked in advance and spaces are limited to ten people.

Members £12 Non-members £15

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Snowdrop Weekend
Feb
24
to Feb 25

Snowdrop Weekend

Every weekend in February the garden and tea rooms will be open from 11am -3pm. Come and enjoy the snowdrops and the vivid colours of the early spring bulbs. Our unusual snowdrop varieties are a delight.  Winter stem colours and scents remain a treat.

Entrance £5.50 per adult (Gift Aided) or £5 standard. Free admission for Friends of The Garden House and children.

Galanthophile groups please book ahead; we would like to ensure we have a knowledgeable representative on site when you visit.

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Snowdrop Weekend
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Snowdrop Weekend

Every weekend in February the garden and tea rooms will be open from 11am -3pm. Come and enjoy the snowdrops and the vivid colours of the early spring bulbs. Our unusual snowdrop varieties are a delight.  Winter stem colours and scents remain a treat.

Entrance £5.50 per adult (Gift Aided) or £5 standard. Free admission for Friends of The Garden House and children.

Galanthophile groups please book ahead; we would like to ensure we have a knowledgeable representative on site when you visit.

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Snowdrop Weekend
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Snowdrop Weekend

Every weekend in February the garden and tea rooms will be open from 11am -3pm. Come and enjoy the snowdrops and the vivid colours of the early spring bulbs. Our unusual snowdrop varieties are a delight.  Winter stem colours and scents remain a treat.

Entrance £5.50 per adult (Gift Aided) or £5 standard. Free admission for Friends of The Garden House and children.

Galanthophile groups please book ahead; we would like to ensure we have a knowledgeable representative on site when you visit.

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Snowdrop Weekend
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Snowdrop Weekend

Every weekend in February the garden and tea rooms will be open from 11am -3pm. Come and enjoy the snowdrops and the vivid colours of the early spring bulbs. Our unusual snowdrop varieties are a delight.  Winter stem colours and scents remain a treat.

Entrance £5.50 per adult (Gift Aided) or £5 standard. Free admission for Friends of The Garden House and children.

Galanthophile groups please book ahead; we would like to ensure we have a knowledgeable representative on site when you visit.

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