Events & Courses

Wildlife Gardening

If you’re keen to do your bit to encourage wildlife at home, but don’t know how to start, this course is the perfect way to gain an overview of how to create a wildlife friendly outdoor space.

This course will start by exploring why it’s important to encourage wildlife in our gardens and looking at wildlife-friendly gardening practices.

Participants will then learn how to create different wildlife habitats in their own outdoor spaces, with a focus on small urban gardens, looking at suitable wildlife friendly plants including wildflowers and natives.

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Garden Organic AGM & Members' Day

09.30am Registration and Refreshments

AGM

10.30am Annual General Meeting
11.30am The business of the AGM being concluded, there will time for questions from the floor

'Protecting our organic heritage' - Members day talk and special activities

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 10 May 2014 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
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Manage Your Soil

Good soil management is at the heart of any good growing system. It is one of the most precious assets we have and is the key to growing healthy crops.

This half-day course will provide you with the understanding and confidence to take informed decisions on how to best manage your soil. The course leaders, experts from Garden Organic, will draw on their 15 years worth of practical research work on soil management so much of this information cannot be found in text books.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 5 June 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Compost Magic

If you want to find out about the magic of compost then this is the course for you!

The course is primarily aimed at beginners, yet offers tips for those who are more experienced to really get the best out of their home composting. There is time for specific questions to be answered and problems solved.

The topics covered during the afternoon will include:

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens
on: 
Thursday, 5 June 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
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Organic Open Garden - Basingstoke, Hants

With thanks to Yvonne and Steven Lucas for opening their organic garden.

Admission: Entrance is £1, proceeds kindly shared between Garden Organic and HART Wildlife.

Description: An organic garden with fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, ponds, hens, bees and rainwater harvesting; solar power and sustainable living. There is also a large collection of vintage paraffin memorabilia.

Facilities: Plants and produce will be on sale, and also handmade crafts. There will be refreshments too.

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Greenways, 24 Roman Road, Worting, Basingstoke, Hants RG23 8ER
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Sunday, 8 June 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
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Taking beautiful photos

If you would like to learn how to take beautiful photographs, this full day course will give you a comprehensive overview of all aspects of photography.

This interactive course will start with a session inside on the theory of taking great photos, including shutter speeds, f-stops and ISO; and framing and light.

Following this, participants will head outdoors into the beautiful Ryton Gardens for a photoshoot.

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens
on: 
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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Organic Open Garden - Lee, Devon

Mrs Heather Booker has very kindly agreed to open her garden for Garden Organic members, from 10am to 12 noon & from 1pm to 3pm daily between Sunday 22 June and Sunday 6 July. Closed from 12 noon to 1pm each day.

Important Note: Please phone 01271 862409 (between 7pm and 9 pm) the evening before your proposed visit to check that unforeseen circumstances have not caused alterations.

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Lee, DEVON, EX34 8LR (See detailed directions)
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Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 10:00am to Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 3:00pm
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Learning to relax (6 week course)

This course of six 90-minute sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to learn exercise sequences to aid relaxation and reduce stress.

The course runs every Saturday from 28th June until 2nd August, 2014

Exercises are based on classical Chinese health systems. Used regularly they will enable you to take charge of your own health and cope with the pressures of life.

Classes may be delivered outside when weather allows, to make the most of the beautiful and relaxing surroundings.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 28 June 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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Pickling & preserving your garden produce

Knowing what to do with a glut of fruit or vegetables is a challenge for all gardeners who grow their own.

To be able to enjoy your home-grown produce all year round, join us at Ryton Gardens to learn all about pickling and preserving, both popular methods of storing produce.

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens
on: 
Friday, 4 July 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Wildlife Gardening

If you’re keen to do your bit to encourage wildlife at home, but don’t know how to start, this course is the perfect way to gain an overview of how to create a wildlife friendly outdoor space.

This course will start by exploring why it’s important to encourage wildlife in our gardens and looking at wildlife-friendly gardening practices.

Participants will then learn how to create different wildlife habitats in their own outdoor spaces, with a focus on small urban gardens, looking at suitable wildlife friendly plants including wildflowers and natives.

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens
on: 
Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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