..a garden that always looks good,even from your window?
..flowers but would like to learn to arrange them better?
In 2015 we began The Crafty Gardeners flower and garden school. Both myself, and my dear friend Michelle Wake who sadly passed away in 2020, are award winning garden designers. We always dreamed of creating workshops that offered people a way of expressing their creativity and love of nature’s beauty, both outside or inside their home. And with The Crafty Gardeners we could share our expertise, along with plenty of clever tips on making gardens look amazing or turning a bunch of flowers into a fantastic floral arrangement to appreciate at home.
Our garden design workshops cover everything from knowing which are bomb proof plants and how to create beautiful borders to making the most of your garden with the best layout. The flower arranging workshops teach you the techniques a florist would use to make beautiful bouquets or wonderful displays and Christmas wreaths.
What better way to feel creative than by being in some of the most inspiring places in the South West such as Bowood House and Gardens , Westonbirt Arboretum and The Walled Garden at Mells. And you’ll have plenty of time to explore them afterwards as our Workshops are half day or short full days – perfect for fitting around our busy lives.
Everything for your chosen workshop is included, such as a drawing kit or flowers, foliage and equipment. Suitable for all levels of experience, simply join me and a maximum of 10 others, where I’ll first show you what to do before you have a go yourself, giving you all the time and space to let your creativity grow.
The Crafty Gardeners
The Crafty Gardeners were delighted to be featured in The Telegraph's - Best Horticultural and Floral Design schools in the UK for the South West in 2020.
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I attended this Garden design workshop as a complete novice. I had never thought about or planned my flower borders in any detail and just bought plants that I liked at random. I had some successes but also, many failures. I was never really happy or confident with my efforts.
This workshop completely changed my attitude and with my newly acquired knowledge, I was raring to go and put theory into practice.
Louise, our tutor was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic, full of excellent advice and gave us encouragement and confidence in the whole process. I enjoyed every minute of this workshop and now I feel empowered to create beautiful borders in my own garden. I thoroughly recommend this wonderful and practical workshop.
Babs from Swindon.
In a small group, we covered so many relevant topics, with excellent visual aids and a step by step approach to create colourful, well-planned seasonal borders.
We worked on practical examples choosing our personal plant choices, organising them into a planting scheme on a planting plan. I loved these exercises as it was a case of bringing new information, tips and techniques into a visual plan.