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Gardening, Floristry and Foraging

If you want to harvest bumper crops from your vegetable garden & nurture the finest blooms in your herbaceous border, develop your creative flair with flowers or become a learned forager and utilise all the wild food growing in our hedgerows, then these are the workshops for you!

Using the wonderful gardens and grounds at Bay Tree Cottage, our selection of Gardening Workshops will help you get the most out of your own garden whatever it's size!

We are delighted to welcome Melanie Ridgway from Amelia Blooms, a local and accomplished florists, to Bay Tree Cottage this year to run a series of Floristry Workshops.

Finally with an abundant ‘free’ harvest growing in our hedgerows and fields, our Foraging Workshops will inspire you to don your wellies and get collecting!

Unless otherwise stated, timings for all workshops are as follows: 

One day workshops - 9.30am to 3pm (includes homemade lunch and refreshments through the day)

Half day workshops - 9.30am to 12pm (includes homemade cake and refreshments)

Evening workshops - 7pm to 9pm (includes homemade cake and refreshments)

Morning demonstrations with lunch - 11am to 2pm (will also include morning refreshments)

    April 2014

  1. Willow Plant Supports

    Willow Plant Supports

    Friday 18 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Sorry, This Course is Over

    Join us for the morning and learn the secrets of this ancient traditional rural craft to make your own willow plant support, which look wonderful in the garden and are great for Sweet Peas, Runner Beans and anything else that climbs ...except for small children!
  2. Bouquets and Handties

    Bouquets and Handties

    Thursday 24 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Sorry, This Course is Over

    Join us for this half-day hands-on workshop and learn how to arrange a selection of flowers into either a flat gift bouquet or a hand-tied arrangement.
  3. Container Veg

    Container Veg

    Thursday 24 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Sorry, This Course is Over

    If you yearn to ‘grow your own’, but don’t have the space or time for an allotment or vegetable garden, this half-day workshop will give you step by step advice on how to get a bumper harvest throughout the year from a mixed assortment of pots and containers, so you too can enjoy a selection of home grown produce!
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  4. Willow Plant Supports

    Willow Plant Supports

    Saturday 26 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Join us for the morning and learn the secrets of this ancient traditional rural craft to make your own willow plant support, which look wonderful in the garden and are great for Sweet Peas, Runner Beans and anything else that climbs ...except for small children!
  5. May 2014

  6. Spring Foraging

    Spring Foraging

    Friday 9 May (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Explore the Northants countryside with an expert forger and discover the abundance of delicious spring plants that are available in our hedgerows and woodlands for the keen forager to find.
  7. Spring Foraging

    Spring Foraging

    Saturday 10 May (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Explore the Northants countryside with an expert forger and discover the abundance of delicious spring plants that are available in our hedgerows and woodlands for the keen forager to find.
  8. Wedding Flowers

    Wedding Flowers

    Saturday 17 May (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    This is an essential workshop for anyone involved in producing wedding flowers! We’ll teach you some important floral arranging skills, along with a range of tips and tricks to ensure your wedding flowers are truly perfect.
  9. Vintage and Country Flowers

    Vintage and Country Flowers

    Thursday 29 May (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    Trace the glamour of the vintage style to create shabby chic floral arrangements within your home using a selection of country and old-English flowers that can be grown and picked from your garden. During this half-day workshop we will explore creative ways to recreate the nostalgia and romance of yesterday through flowers, using pretty jugs, vintage vases, tea pots or old bottles, to create beautiful flowers designs.
  10. June 2014

  11. A Garden Bouquet

    A Garden Bouquet

    Thursday 26 June (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    During this half day workshop we will show you how to transform a flowers collected from your garden into beautiful and natural bouquet.
  12. July 2014

  13. Alfresco Flowers

    Alfresco Flowers

    Thursday 31 July (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Join us for this half-day workshop and learn how to create beautiful Alfresco flower arrangements to provide the finishing touch to your outdoor entertaining this summer!
  14. September 2014

  15. Wedding Flowers

    Wedding Flowers

    Saturday 20 September (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    This is an essential workshop for anyone involved in producing wedding flowers! We’ll teach you some important floral arranging skills, along with a range of tips and tricks to ensure your wedding flowers are truly perfect.
  16. Pedestals and Church Flowers

    Pedestals and Church Flowers

    Thursday 25 September (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    If you want to learn how to create a stunning statement arrangement of flowers without costing you a fortune or using every bloom in your garden, come and join us for this fun hands-on half-day workshop.
  17. Fungi Foraging

    Fungi Foraging

    Friday 26 September (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Autumn is a bountiful time in the countryside with many different types of edible fungi growing wild for you to collect and enjoy …if you know what you are looking for! So join us for this one-day workshop with Fungi expert Geoff Dann, who will demystify and educate you into the wonderful world of fungi!
  18. Fungi Foraging

    Fungi Foraging

    Saturday 27 September (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Autumn is a bountiful time in the countryside with many different types of edible fungi growing wild for you to collect and enjoy …if you know what you are looking for! So join us for this one-day workshop with Fungi expert Geoff Dann, who will demystify and educate you into the wonderful world of fungi!
  19. October 2014

  20. 'Say it with Flowers' Two-day Floristry Workshop

    'Say it with Flowers' Two-day Floristry Workshop

    Thursday 2 October (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £175.00

    If you would like to arrange flowers for your home, friends and family, and special events with confidence, then this course is perfect for you! Immerse yourself in flowers on this two day workshop as we show you how to 'Say it with Flowers' whatever the occasion!
  21. 'Say it with Flowers' Two-day Floristry Workshop (2nd Day of 2 Day workshop)

    'Say it with Flowers' Two-day Floristry Workshop (2nd Day of 2 Day workshop)

    Friday 3 October (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £0.00

    This is the second day of our two day workshop. For full details, and to book your place, please visit first day of workshop on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
  22. Harvest and Halloween Flowers

    Harvest and Halloween Flowers

    Thursday 23 October (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Whether you are looking to create some spooky flowers for Halloween, a stunning arrangement for Harvest Festival, or a simple centre piece for a dinner party, this half day workshop will show you how to incorporate all the wonderful floral materials on our doorsteps into a stunning rustic and rural flower arrangements.
  23. Fungi Foraging

    Fungi Foraging

    Friday 24 October (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Autumn is a bountiful time in the countryside with many different types of edible fungi growing wild for you to collect and enjoy …if you know what you are looking for! So join us for this one-day workshop with Fungi expert Geoff Dann, who will demystify and educate you into the wonderful world of fungi!
  24. Fungi Foraging

    Fungi Foraging

    Saturday 25 October (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Autumn is a bountiful time in the countryside with many different types of edible fungi growing wild for you to collect and enjoy …if you know what you are looking for! So join us for this one-day workshop with Fungi expert Geoff Dann, who will demystify and educate you into the wonderful world of fungi!
  25. November 2014

  26. Wedding Flowers

    Wedding Flowers

    Saturday 8 November (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    This is an essential workshop for anyone involved in producing wedding flowers! We’ll teach you some important floral arranging skills, along with a range of tips and tricks to ensure your wedding flowers are truly perfect.
  27. Contemporary Flowers

    Contemporary Flowers

    Thursday 20 November (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    This half- day floristry workshop is perfect for lovers of everything modern and contemporary who would like to learn how to create beautiful stylish floral designs for their home.
  28. December 2014

  29. Christmas Flowers

    Christmas Flowers

    Thursday 18 December (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Join us for this festive half-day workshop and discover how to create some beautiful Christmas flower arrangements for your home that will impress all your friends and family who come to visit over the festive season.
  30. January 2015

  31. Pruning Fruit Trees

    Pruning Fruit Trees

    Friday 23 January (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Pruning is an essential part of the maintenance of your fruit tree or bush, but it is also a bewildering subject! This half day work shop will show you how to prune and care for your fruit trees to ensure that they remain healthy and yield maximum crops.
  32. February 2015

  33. Pruning Fruit Trees

    Pruning Fruit Trees

    Saturday 7 February (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Pruning is an essential part of the maintenance of your fruit tree or bush, but it is also a bewildering subject! This half day work shop will show you how to prune and care for your fruit trees to ensure that they remain healthy and yield maximum crops.