Events & Courses

Composting - The cornerstone of organic gardening

Composting makes the world go round. It recycles the nutrients that make plants (and animals) grow, feeds the bugs that keep the soil healthy and is a sustainable, low-cost way of dealing with ‘rubbish that rots’. And it can be fun too!

The contents of this course include:

at: 
Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Garden Organic 2016 AGM & Members' Day

We are pleased to invite Garden Organic members to join us at The Green Britain Centre for our Annual General Meeting and Members' Day.

This year's event looks set to be a great one, with the team venturing east to the beautiful Norfolk countryside. We're excited to announce that joining us this year will be organic gardening expert, Bob Flowerdew, who will be giving the keynote speech and sticking around to answer your questions on the Organic Gardeners' Question Panel.

Please see the full programme for the event below.

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The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7HT
on: 
Thursday, 12 May 2016 -
9:30am to 5:00pm

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South East Essex Gardeners - Pesticide Action Network

South East Essex Organic Gardeners (SEEOG) would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 16 May at Growing Together Westcliff at 8.00pm.

Dr Keith Tyrell, Director of Pesticide Action Network UK, will be talking about the pesticide-free towns and cities movement across the world and how communities are working to help pollinators in the face of government inaction.

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Growing Together Westcliff, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG
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Monday, 16 May 2016 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

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Thinking Differently About Dementia

‘Thinking Differently About Dementia’ with Dementia Adventure and Garden Organic

An inspiring and informative event that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

Who should attend?
People living with dementia and family carers, health & social care professionals, care home staff, voluntary sector & outside space organisations

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 -
9:30am to 4:00pm

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Janet Mort's Open Garden

Janet Mort is kindly opening her garden again this year by appointment from 1st May to 31st August.
Janet has 85 different varieties of clematis and solar powered watering systems in both of her greenhouses, both of which have proved very successful.

at: 
206 Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield S44 5TE
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Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 10:00am to Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - 4:00pm

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Open Gardens - Geraldine & Rod Stenson, Angus

Open Gardens - Geraldine & Rod Stenson

Geraldine and Rod Stenson will be opening their garden to the public on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May at 1 Kilgarie Farm Cottages, Menmuir, Angus, DD9 7QP.

The garden is 2/3 acre and sits at 500ft on an open hillside, so wind protection is a priority and plants have to be hardy. You'll see fruit and veggies, a pleasure garden, polytunnel and some herbs - all a work in progress.

Please note the garden is 1/4 mile up a farm track.

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1 Kilgarie Cottages, Brechin, Angus DD9 7QP
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Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, 29 May 2016 - 4:00pm

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Soil Health

Healthy soils are the basis for healthy plants and the building block for any organic garden. Lawrence Hills, founder of Garden Organic described fertile soil as being “one which will continue to produce good crops indefinitely." This course will examine what makes a healthy soil and consider methods for testing it in your own gardens or growing spaces.

This course will cover:

at: 
Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 1 June 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Open Gardens - Yvonne and Steven Lucas

Open Gardens - Yvonne and Steven Lucas

Visit Yvonne and Steven Lucas' organic garden with fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, ponds, hens, bees, rainwater harvesting and a large display of vintage paraffin memorabilia. See their solar panels and learn how they only use £50.00 of electricity a year!
Plants and produce will be on sale, alongside handmade cards and crafts.
Refreshments, cakes and a raffle.
All proceeds for Garden Organic and HART.
Entrance £1, children free concessions 50p.

at: 
Greenways, 24 Roman Road, Worting, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 8ER
on: 
Sunday, 12 June 2016 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

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Organic veg growing - seasonal activity

An introductory course focusing on how to start planning your organic garden - focussing on crop rotation, ground preparation and more. You'll also get to take something seasonal home with you to get you started!

The day begins by looking at what you'll need to do and buy to get you started growing your own fruit and veg. The course is based around individuals attending the course and their particular situation. We'll start by getting an assessment of everyone's growing space and knowledge and build the session around this.

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Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Attracting wildlife to your garden

Join Garden Organic's Sally Cunningham to gain an overview of how to create a wildlife friendly garden. You'll also get to take home an insect hotel home to get a kick-start in attracting wildlife to your garden.

This short course includes showing you around Ryton Organic Gardens to spot some of the birds, beasts and insects you may find in your garden and how to encourage them by best organic practice. You'll be pond-dipping to discover what you can find in our ponds, learn how to make your own wildlife habitat and spot what’s been wandering about!

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Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 6 July 2016 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

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Fran and John Mosley - Open Garden in Stroud

Open Garden - Fran Mosley and John Button

Fran and John are kindly opening their garden at Knoll House, Burleigh, Stroud GL5 2PR on Sunday 10th July 2016 from 2 - 6 pm.

Fran and John have a large hillside garden with fabulous views, vegetables in raised beds, a natural swimming pond teeming with wildlife. There's lots of colour from perennials and climbers, an orchard of fruit trees including apple, quince, medlar, plum, damson. Plants on sale.

The garden is accessed from the road via a sloping 30 metre track, which would make disabled access difficult.

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Knoll House, Burleigh, Stroud GL5 2PR
on: 
Sunday, 10 July 2016 -
2:00pm to 6:00pm

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Composting - The alternative methods

This is an intermediate to advanced level course for anyone interested in learning about different composting systems. The course will cover a range of systems for composting food and garden waste and other waste such as weeds, which need hot temperatures.

at: 
Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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Cutting edge veg

This course will teach you how to grow many of the vegetables, herbs and spices associated with a more exotic range of cuisines and introduce you to some new varieties. Anton Rosenfield leads the course and his expertise has been learnt by growing overseas and working with immigrant communites around the Midlands, so the plants have a proven track record of growing in this area. A glasshouse is not essential, as many will grow outside without a protected environment.

This course assumes some experience of growing, you don't need to be an advanced grower.

at: 
Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry, CV8 3LG
on: 
Wednesday, 3 August 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Open Gardens - Peter Woollam, Cheshire

Open Gardens - Peter Woollam

Visit Peter Woollam’s wonderful garden at Hough Lane, Alderley Edge which is open to the public in support of Garden Organic on Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7th August from 12 noon - 5pm each day.

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Hough Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 2LH
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Saturday, 6 August 2016 - 12:00pm to Sunday, 7 August 2016 - 5:00pm

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Susan and Mike Burns garden - Edinburgh

Open Gardens - Susan and Mike Burns

Susan and Mike Burns will be opening their garden on 6th and 7th August 2016 from 2pm until 5pm at 39 Nantwich Drive, Edinburgh with donations to Garden Organic.

Susan and Mike have a large wildlife friendly garden, orchard, kitchen garden, pond, greenhouse, conservatory, herbaceous borders and a secret garden for you to discover, which Susan has cared for organically, for the last 29 years.

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39 Nantwich Drive, Edinburgh, EH7 6RA
on: 
Saturday, 6 August 2016 - 2:00pm to Sunday, 7 August 2016 - 5:00pm

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