Events & Courses

Organic Open Garden - Menmuir, Angus

With our thanks to Geraldine & Rod Stenson who are kindly opening their organic garden

Opening by arrangement until Autumn this year

Description: The garden is 2/3 acre and sits at 500ft on open hillside, so wind protection is a priority and plants have to be hardy. Projects this year include fruit and veggies, pleasure garden, polytunnel and some herbs … all work in progress.

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Kilgarie Cottage Garden, 1 Kilgarie Farm Cottages, Menmuir, Angus DD9 7QP
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Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 10:00am to Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 4:00pm
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Organic Open Garden - Edinburgh

Susan and Mike Burns are kindly opening their garden again for Garden Organic - at 39 Nantwich Drive, Edinburgh

Saturday 2nd August, and Sunday 3rd August, 2014: 2.00pm - 5.00pm each day

Entrance £1 and concessions
Teas 20p

Large wildlife friendly garden, orchard, kitchen garden, secret garden, pond, greenhouse, conservatory, herbaceous borders. Gardened for 28 years.

Directions from Craigentinny Golf Course, heading to the sea, first right and right again into cul-de-sac.

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39 Nantwich Drive, Edinburgh
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Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 2:00pm to Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 5:00pm
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Organic Open Garden - Norfolk

With thanks to Erik Buitenhuis for opening his organic garden.

Admission: Free, donations welcome for Garden Organic.

Description: 0.25 acre permaculture garden producing as much veg and fruit as one person can eat (still working on the carbohydrates and protein). Includes a beehive, gravity fed rainwater, and about 70 edible plant species.

Public transport: Bus stop 14 and 15 about 200m. away on Norwich Road

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1 Victory Cottages, Hethersett, Norfolk NR9 3BA
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Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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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, 3 August 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
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West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Join us at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta from the 8th to 10th August in the beautiful grounds of the West Dean Estate for a weekend dedicated to all things hot and spicy.

Chilli enthusiasts interested in growing organically can visit our stand to learn about the work of Garden Organic and the Heritage Seed Library and how to become a member.

If you're a current member interested in volunteering on the stand please contact membership@gardenorganic.org.uk

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West Dean Nr Chichester West Sussex PO18 0QZ
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Friday, 8 August 2014 - 10:30am to Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 10:30am
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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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Saturday, 9 August 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 get the best out of their home composting. The topics covered during the afternoon will include: why we compost, the benefits of composting to your pocket, the soil and the environment, dos and don'ts and composting as a living process. We'll also touch on leafmould, tumblers, wormeries, bokashi and troubleshooting. There will also be time for you to ask specific questions and have some of your composting problems solved.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
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Earth oven cookery

This morning workshop will cover how to fire up an Earth Oven and how to cook different things, from pizzas to bread and beyond!

This is a hands on outdoor workshop and you will make your own lunch in the Earth Ovens at Ryton Gardens.

If you're interested in cooking in an earth oven and are keen to find out how to make your own, we are also running a two-day course in July on learning about Building an Earth Oven.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 6 September 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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Seed Saving

Interested in learning how to save seed from your own garden?

Join us for this half-day course and learn everything you need to know about seed saving from Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library experts.

Attendees will leave this course with a detailed understanding of the benefits of saving seed, how to select plants for particular characteristics, growing for seed, as well as step by step instructions on saving seeds.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
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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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners’ Organisation - Apple Day


Apple identification by East of England Apples & Orchards Project

Apple Juicing:
Bring your own clean apples. Up to 10kg to be juiced.

Homemade Refreshments

Produce stall, organic gardening advice

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Wragby Town Hall, Wragby, LN8 5PH
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Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
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Supporter Day

If you are considering leaving a legacy or a significant gift to Garden Organic you may want to know some more about how the organisation works first. Therefore we are offering our members the chance to see behind the scenes and meet key staff during a Supporter Day. We plan to run these every 6 months.

It will offer you the chance to see how we work and discuss our plans for the future. It will run from mid morning to mid afternoon with a lunch provided.

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Ryton Gardens
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Thursday, 9 October 2014 - 10:30am to 3:30pm
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Apple Festival

Join us at the Apple Festival in Kent from 18th to 19th October for a weekend dedicated to all things apple.

Apple enthusiasts interested in growing organically can visit our stand to learn about the work of Garden Organic and the Heritage Seed Library and how to become a member.

Visitors to the festival are also invited to take part in apple tastings, view the apple displays and pose questions to the on-site experts.

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Faversham Kent ME3 8XZ
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Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 10:00am to Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 5:00pm
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Seed Saving

Interested in learning how to save seed from your own garden?

Join us for this half-day course and learn everything you need to know about seed saving from Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library experts.

Attendees will leave this course with a detailed understanding of the benefits of saving seed, how to select plants for particular characteristics, growing for seed, as well as step by step instructions on saving seeds.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
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