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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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