Friends Free Guided Walks
Jul
4
to Oct 3

Friends Free Guided Walks

If you are a Friend of The Garden House, we offer a series of free guided walks to enjoy with like minded company.

·         Thursday 4th July 2pm -3pm Early summer colour and planning colour in your borders

·         Thursday 8th  August 2pm – 3pm Glorious colour and herbaceous borders

·         Thursday 5th September 2pm – 3pm Late summer colour and dahlias

·         Thursday 3rd October 2pm -3pm Autumnal delights

If you’re not a Friend yet - sign up!

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Space workshop: The Story Of The Sun
Aug
16
1:30 PM13:30

Space workshop: The Story Of The Sun

The Story of the Sun Workshop

Friday 16th August

Ticket prices

  • Adults £10

  • Children 16yrs & under £6.50

Suitable for KS1, KS2 

Timing

1.30pm - 2.30pm - The Story of the Sun Presentation

2.30pm - 4.00pm - Solar Observations and activities for everyone

Back by popular demand - help us celebrate 50 years since the moon landings with this space adventure!

In this workshop we look at our own amazing Star; the Sun. We examine how the Sun was formed, how it generates its energy and the effect that it has on us here on Earth. We also investigate what will happen when the Sun dies and make comparisons with other stars in our galaxy. Activities include measuring different stars, sun craft and detailed modelling of the Sun's interior.

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CANCELLED: A Summer's Enchanted Evening - August 9
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

CANCELLED: A Summer's Enchanted Evening - August 9

Due to an extremely poor weather forecast we are cancelling this event for health and safety reasons.

We tried as hard as we could to see if it was still viable, but due to our large garden being home to several senior trees in full leaf, the high winds mean we must cancel.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you have bought a ticket we will refund you via email.

Join us for a very special evening at The Garden House, when we open late.

August 9th - 5.30 to 9pm

Adults £5.50, children under 16 years go free

With children’s games on the terrace, live acoustic music, pop up stalls selling vintage garden decor, art and vintage garden treasures, and of course delicious treats.

There’s also the chance to see the garden in the evening for an enchanted few hours.

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The Legend of King Arthur by Boxtree Productions
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

The Legend of King Arthur by Boxtree Productions

Watch Boxtree Productions of the hugely popular The Legend of King Arthur in the gorgeous setting of the Garden House lawn. Find out more…

Family tickets £40, Adults £14.50, Children £10

The show will be approximately 2 hours long including an interval and will go ahead regardless of the great British weather; cancellation only in the event of dangerous conditions. Bring a blanket or low backed chair.

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'Walk & Talk' Glorious Colour & Herbaceous Border
Aug
1
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' Glorious Colour & Herbaceous Border

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he guides you through how we achieve our glorious colour and herbaceous borders, and will 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.

Price: £17 (£15 for “Friends of The Garden House)

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'Walk & Talk' - Early Summer Colour, and planning colour in your borders
Jun
27
1:30 PM13:30

'Walk & Talk' - Early Summer Colour, and planning colour in your borders

Join head gardener, Nick Haworth for a seasonal walk and talk as he guides you through how we achieve our Early Summer Colour and answers 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.

Price: Adults £17, “Friends of The Garden House” £15

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Outdoor Theatre: Old Herbaceous
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Outdoor Theatre: Old Herbaceous

Dubbed by The Guardian ‘Downtown Abby but with gardening tips’ Old Herbaceous is a multi-award winning play, starring Giles Shenton.

Tickets - £15 non members, £12 friends of The Garden House 
- First 20 members receive VIP option of front row location for seats and a free glass of Prosecco 
Timing: performance starts at 7pm and ends by 8.45pm with 20 mins interval - light refreshments & drinks offered pre performance and during interval

- Please bring your own low back seats. Performance goes ahead in all weathers. Free on site parking. Tickets to be purchased online in advance via our website

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

Garden Photography Masterclass with Philip Smith

Join the award-winning Philip Smith for a photography masterclass right here in our one of the finest gardens of England. Philip will take time in the classroom and the garden to show you how to take better photographs of plants and flowers. This workshop is a must for any keen or aspiring garden photographer. 

Members £70 Non-members £75

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Woodland and Shaded Areas Masterclass
Apr
30
10:30 AM10:30

Woodland and Shaded Areas Masterclass

Like some help with your rhododendrons? Interested in knowing more about azaleas? Feeling like more ferns in your garden?

This masterclass with our UK renowned head gardener, Nick Haworth, will involve indoor teaching and a garden tour focusing on how to grow in the shaded areas of your garden.

There’s not a lot Nick doesn’t know about beautiful British gardens, so don’t miss this unique opportunity.

Price: £40 per person (£35 for “Friends of the Garden House”)

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Philip Smith Garden Photography Exhibition
Apr
4
to May 10

Philip Smith Garden Photography Exhibition

One of the UK’s leading garden photographers, Philip Smith, will be showing some of his most beautiful garden work at The Garden House throughout April. A resident of East Devon, Philip studied photography at Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, where he created a ground breaking exhibition of student photography along with fellow students including Nick Knight, Tony Chau and Stephen Champion. His photography has been published in many garden magazines and books and has served as a committee member of the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association. Exhibitions he has been involved in include ‘New Views’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and ‘Private Places’  at the Geffrye Museum. He founded ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ in 2006

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Avon Bulbs sale
Feb
2
11:00 AM11:00

Avon Bulbs sale

The Garden House’s hotly anticipated snowdrop bulb sale by Chelsea Flower Show Gold medallists, Avon Bulbs takes place on Feb 2nd, 11am - 3pm. One of only a handful of sales this year by Avon Bulbs, The Garden House bulb sale will be their furthest West this year.

Normal garden admission applies, gates will open at 11am.

 

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Christmas Wreath making workshop
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Christmas Wreath making workshop

Wile away an afternoon hand-making your very own Christmas wreath in the stunning surroundings of The Garden House. Our friends at M & D flowers will take you through the process of creating a wreath from scratch and guide you on a walk around the garden to collect some unusual foliage to put the finishing touch to your festive creation.

All materials will be provided and you will receive a certificate of attendance for your hard efforts! Places are limited, so book online now!

Price: £40 per person

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Christmas Wreath making workshop
Nov
24
2:00 PM14:00

Christmas Wreath making workshop

Wile away an afternoon hand-making your very own Christmas wreath in the stunning surroundings of The Garden House. Our friends at M & D flowers will take you through the process of creating a wreath from scratch and guide you on a walk around the garden to collect some unusual foliage to put the finishing touch to your festive creation.

All materials will be provided and you will receive a certificate of attendance for your hard efforts! Places are limited, so book online now!

Price: £40 per person

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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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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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'Walk & Talk' with the Head Gardener Autumn colour
Oct
23
1:30 PM13:30

'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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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; Dahlias and long borders
Sep
19
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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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 - 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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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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Willow hare making
Aug
17
10:30 AM10:30

Willow hare making

ADDITIONAL DATES- BY POPULAR DEMAND!

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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Willow hare making
Aug
16
10:30 AM10:30

Willow hare making

ADDITIONAL DATES- BY POPULAR DEMAND!

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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Head Gardener Masterclass: How to create and maintain borders
Aug
15
11:00 AM11:00

Head Gardener Masterclass: How to create and maintain borders

NOW FULLY BOOKED!

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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Treasure Island outdoor theatre
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

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 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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'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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Willow hare making
Jul
13
10:30 AM10:30

Willow hare making

NOW FULLY BOOKED!

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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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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