Walks Talks & Workshops

Pre-booking is essential for all workshops and courses that are not free of charge.

Download a PDF of our ‘What’s On’ brochure for Jan-May 2017 here.

Jan29

Photographing Snowdrops

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Spend the day photographing snowdrops with expert advice on composition, light and techniques to help you develop your skills and capture these winter beauties in the Garden. With Sue Bishop, Photographer. * Sue Bishop specialises in flower and landscape photography. Her aim is to create an image that goes beyond a simple record of its subject and…

Feb02

Behind the Scenes Snowdrop Tour

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Join Nick Bailey, Head Gardener, or another member of the senior gardening team on one of the monthly behind the scenes tours. Explore areas of the Garden that are not usually open to the public and find out more about the work involved to manage a botanical collection.

Feb02

Rhapsody in Green – Charlotte Mendelson

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To celebrate the launch of her first ever non-fiction book, Rhapsody in Green, Charlotte will be starting our 2017 series of Thursday Supper Talks with a talk and book signing. Rhapsody in Green is a portrait of Charlotte’s “laughably tiny garden” which she approached with no prior knowledge and high hopes before becoming a “slave…

Feb10

Painting Snowdrops

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Admire snowdrops from a new perspective and learn how to capture their beauty in the medium of watercolour, with expert advice and assistance. With Lucy T Smith, Botanical Artist. Class size will be limited to 12. A light lunch will be provided (this will be a savoury Gruyere cheese tart served with mixed side salad).…

Mar02

Behind the Scenes Tour

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Join Nick Bailey, Head Gardener, or another member of the senior gardening team on one of the monthly behind the scenes tours. Explore areas of the Garden that are not usually open to the public and find out more about the work involved to manage a botanical collection.

Mar02

Evening Taster: Twine & Wine

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A new addition to our 2017 programme, these tasters will give you the chance to try out a new hobby or a creative skill after work. A brief talk about the history of flax and linen with the opportunity to spin fibres to create your own twine. Then decorate your own packet of flax seeds…

Mar19

Living Medicine: Skin

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Discover how to nourish your skin with foods and herbs to address eczema, insect bites and acne. You will select, smell and taste the herbs and then turn them into useful oils, ointments and lotions. With Alex Laird, Medical Herbalist All materials will be provided. A light lunch will be provided (this will be a…

Apr06

Behind the Scenes Tour

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Join Nick Bailey, Head Gardener, or another member of the senior gardening team on one of the monthly behind the scenes tours. Explore areas of the Garden that are not usually open to the public and find out more about the work involved to manage a botanical collection.

Apr06

Spinsters, Hecklers and Lingerie

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Do you know where the words ‘heckler’, ‘spinster’ and ‘lingerie’ come from? Discover their origins and much more in this interactive talk exploring the social history of flax, an incredible fabric we rely on throughout our lives for its medicinal qualities as well as for the clothes we wear. Zoë Burt is a textile artist…

Apr20

Propagation for Beginners

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Are your seedlings long and spindly? Do your cuttings sit and sulk for ages and then die? Learn how to turn seeds and cuttings into healthy plants. With Nell Jones, Deputy Head Gardener/ Head of Propagation

Apr28

Textile Basketry

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Inspired by seed pods in the Garden, use textile basketry techniques to create seed pod forms. Using rope and threads, discover how these materials can be woven into a range of textures, colours and patterns. With Mary Crabb, Textile Artist. Ticket price includes lunch.

May04

Behind the Scenes Tour

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Join Nick Bailey, Head Gardener, or another member of the senior gardening team on one of the monthly behind the scenes tours. Explore areas of the Garden that are not usually open to the public and find out more about the work involved to manage a botanical collection.

May04

Evening Taster: Come Dye with Us!

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A new addition to our 2017 programme, these tasters will give you the chance to try out a new hobby or a creative skill after work. Spend the evening working with Shibori dyeing and other techniques to make your own Suffolk puff keyring, using natural dyes from onions and logwood. Take home your creations along…

May07

Macro Photography – plants and gardens

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This workshop provides you with the skills and techniques required to improve your photography of plants and gardens. Suitable for all levels of photographers. Tutor: Philip Smith, Garden Photographer. Important information: You will need suitable clothing for outdoors. Please bring your own single lens reflex DSLR camera and macro lens, batteries and charger and a…

May18

Introduction to Indoor Gardening

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A short course to introduce some common challenges that are encountered with indoor gardening and how to overcome them. The course will cover; growing environments and conditions; choosing suitable plants; horticultural practise; pests, diseases and other problems. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to successfully care for plants indoors. With Lucy Rowley, Gardener/…

Jun01

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nick Bailey, Head Gardener, or another member of the senior gardening team on one of the monthly behind the scenes tours. Explore areas of the Garden that are not usually open to the public and find out more about the work involved to manage a botanical collection.

Jun02

Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way uses gardening methods to help people grow their own happiness. Based on Alan’s forthcoming book, this workshop will show you how gardening skills like composting or companion planting can help you to cultivate your own wellbeing, with Chelsea Physic Garden as our learning model. You can see more at…

Jun08

Introduction to Beekeeping

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This course takes you through the key steps to becoming a successful beekeeper. Learn more about bees and the honey production process, along with how to create the right environment for them to thrive.  With Peter James, CPG Beekeeper. "The tutor’s extraordinary knowledge of his subject answered all my questions – very practical." Price includes refreshments…

Jun15

Propagation for Beginners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Are your seedlings long and spindly? Do your cuttings sit and sulk for ages and then die? Learn how to turn seeds and cuttings into healthy plants. With Nell Jones, Deputy Head Gardener/ Head of Propagation

Jul05

Living Colour: an introduction to natural dyes & textile art techniques

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the past, present and future of textiles and natural dyes in this one-day workshop with artist Lara Hailey. You will have the chance to experiment with various colours, fabrics and techniques (including Shibori and mordanting) to produce beautiful works of art to take away along with new creative skills. With Textile Artist, Lara…