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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!

Our floristry workshops are perfect for a budding florist or someone who loves flowers and wants to learn how to make gorgeous arrangements at home ...no experience necessary, just lots of enthusiasm!.

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).
  • Half day workshops - 9.30am to 12.30pm (includes homemade cake and refreshments).
  • Half day cookery Workshops with lunch - 9.30am to 1.30pm (Monday to Friday) or 10am to 2pm (Saturdays) (includes refreshments as well as the lunch).
  • Evening workshops - 7pm to 9pm (includes homemade cake and refreshments).

    March 2015

  1. Spring Flowers for Mother's Day and Easter

    Spring Flowers for Mother's Day and Easter

    Wednesday 4 March (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    Spring is when the garden begins to grow again and this workshop will show you how to create beautiful arrangements using a selection of seasonal flowers to enjoy a little bit of spring in your home, perfect for Easter & Mother's Day.
  2. Building with Willow - Structures

    Building with Willow - Structures

    Friday 6 March (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    BOOK ON THIS COURSE AND THE FURNITURE COURSE ON THE 7TH AND GET BOTH FOR THE DISCOUNTED PRICE OF £150.

    Living willow structures and sculptures are fun to make and fascinating to watch grow as they change with the seasons and years.
    During this practical one-day workshop we will show you all you need to know as we build a willow structure together at Bay Tree Cottage.
    Armed with this valuable hands-on experience you will be able to create a willow structure in your own garden! .
  3. Building with Willow - Furniture

    Building with Willow - Furniture

    Saturday 7 March (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    BOOK ON THIS COURSE AND THE STRUCTURES COURSE ON THE 6TH AND GET BOTH FOR THE DISCOUNTED PRICE OF £150.

    Join us for this fun and practical day and learn how to make a piece of furniture out of willow that you can take home to plant in your garden (or school) and watch it grow!

    This new natural furniture will not only give you hours of pleasure, but the local wildlife will love it too! .
  4. A Cutting Garden

    A Cutting Garden

    Thursday 12 March (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Come and join us for the morning and we will show you how to design and create your own Cutting Garden, which can be as large as an allotment or if space is limited a selection of pots and containers can provide ample space to grow a glorious selection of flowers for your home.
  5. Willow Plant Supports

    Willow Plant Supports

    Thursday 19 March (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    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!
  6. Flower Arranging on a Budget

    Flower Arranging on a Budget

    Tuesday 24 March (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    If you love having flowers in your home or giving them to friends, but don't want to spend a fortune, then this workshop is for you!
  7. April 2015

  8. Wedding Flowers

    Wedding Flowers

    Saturday 11 April (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Flowers can transform a wedding and this workshop will help you to achieve fabulous results for that perfect day. From bouquets &buttonholes to table decorations and pedestal arrangements, we’ll teach you some important floral arranging skills, along with a range of tips and tricks to ensure your wedding flowers are truly amazing.
  9. Container Vegetables

    Container Vegetables

    Friday 17 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    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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  10. Vintage and Country Flowers

    Vintage and Country Flowers

    Friday 24 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    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.
  11. Willow Plant Supports

    Willow Plant Supports

    Saturday 25 April (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    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!
  12. May 2015

  13. Spring Foraging

    Spring Foraging

    Saturday 9 May (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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.
  14. Spring Foraging

    Spring Foraging

    Sunday 10 May (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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.
  15. Bouquets and Handties

    Bouquets and Handties

    Wednesday 13 May (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    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.
  16. June 2015

  17. A Garden Bouquet

    A Garden Bouquet

    Wednesday 17 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.
  18. July 2015

  19. Alfresco Flowers

    Alfresco Flowers

    Thursday 9 July (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    With beautiful floral swags, place settings and table arrangements, 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!
  20. September 2015

  21. Pedestals and Church Flowers

    Pedestals and Church Flowers

    Thursday 17 September (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Whether it is for your home, the church or other large venue, learn how to create a stunning statement arrangement of flowers without costing you a fortune or using every bloom in your garden.
  22. Hedgerow Harvest - Autumn

    Hedgerow Harvest - Autumn

    Thursday 24 September (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Come and join us for a fun day learning how to turn the fruits of the hedgerow into tasty produce to fill your larder.
  23. October 2015

  24. A Cutting Garden

    A Cutting Garden

    Wednesday 7 October (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Come and join us for the morning and we will show you how to design and create your own Cutting Garden, which can be as large as an allotment or if space is limited a selection of pots and containers can provide ample space to grow a glorious selection of flowers for your home.
  25. Wedding Flowers

    Wedding Flowers

    Saturday 10 October (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Flowers can transform a wedding and this workshop will help you to achieve fabulous results for that perfect day. From bouquets &buttonholes to table decorations and pedestal arrangements, we’ll teach you some important floral arranging skills, along with a range of tips and tricks to ensure your wedding flowers are truly amazing.
  26. Dinner Party Flowers

    Dinner Party Flowers

    Wednesday 14 October (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    Join us for this inspiring half-day workshop and discover different and simple ways of arranging flowers for your dinner party table that will WOW your dinner party guests without costing a fortune or taking an age to complete!
  27. November 2015

  28. Fungi Foraging

    Fungi Foraging

    Saturday 7 November (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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!
  29. Fungi Foraging

    Fungi Foraging

    Sunday 8 November (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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!
  30. December 2015

  31. Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Saturday 5 December (Half Day PM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  32. Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Saturday 5 December (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  33. Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Sunday 6 December (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  34. Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Sunday 6 December (Half Day PM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  35. Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Saturday 12 December (Half Day PM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  36. Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Saturday 12 December (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  37. Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (afternoon workshop)

    Sunday 13 December (Half Day PM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  38. Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Christmas Wreaths (morning workshop)

    Sunday 13 December (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £40.00

    Whether your style is natural, rustic, glitz or glam, come and join us for this morning workshop and make a beautiful Christmas Wreath to welcome all your guests this festive season!
  39. Christmas Flowers

    Christmas Flowers

    Thursday 17 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.
  40. January 2016

  41. Pruning Fruit Trees

    Pruning Fruit Trees

    Friday 15 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.
  42. Pruning Fruit Trees

    Pruning Fruit Trees

    Saturday 30 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.