Courses & Events

Throughout spring and summer we will be attending a number of shows and fairs around the country with a selection of our violas, herbaceous perennials and grasses. Back home on the nursery and garden in addition to our normal opening times we also have a number of special open days in conjunction with the gardens at Millichope Park in aide of the NGS. Throughout the year there will also be a number of exciting courses that you can attend in the newly restored glasshouses. Our events and courses are listed below.

Events for 2017

Sun 19th Feb NGS Open Garden – snowdrops - in conjunction with Millichope Park
Sun 31st Mar The Walled Garden, Nursery and Tearoom reopen for the 2017 Season  
Sat1st & Sun 2nd Apr The Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair, Sussex
Sat 15th Apr Bodenham Arboretum Plant Fair, Kidderminster
Sun 16th & Mon 17th Apr Dorothy Clive Plant Fair, North Staffordshire
Sun 23rd Apr Spetchley Plant Fair, Worcestershire
Thu 27th Apr British Red Cross Plant Fair, Newport House, Herefordshire
Fri 28th Apr The Coach House Plant Fair, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester
Sun 7th May Viola Open Day and NGS Open Garden in conjunction with Millichope Park
Sun 14th May Winterbourne House and Gardens Plant Fair, Birmingham
Sun 28th May Kingston Bagpuize  Plant Fair, Oxfordshire
Fri 2nd Jun The Coach House Plant Fair, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester
Sat 3rd Jun Whichford Pottery, Warwickshire
Sun 25th Jun NGS Open Garden – wildflower meadows and summer perennials – in conjunction with Millichope Park
Sun 23rd Jul Highnam Court Plant Fair, Gloucester
Sun 30th Jul Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
Sun 27th & Mon 28th Aug Dorothy Clive Plant Fair, North Staffordshire
Sat 2nd Sep Bodenham Arboretum Plant Fair, Kidderminster
Sun 15th Oct NGS Open Garden – Autumn Colour and spring bulb sale- in conjunction with Millichope Park


The newly restored glasshouses are now an exciting new venue for a range of courses, held throughout the year, on horticultural, culinary and floristry topics. Courses range from an hours lecture, to a half day course with tea and cake, to a full day with lunch provided in the Tearoom. Places can be booked online, or through contact us and Gift cards can also be used. Below is some feedback from customers on our first course from 2016 - the Christmas Wreath Course:

Courses for 2017

Sunday 26th March, 1-5pm and afternoon with India Hurst from Vervain Flowers.

Vervain was founded by India Hurst, a floral designer and grower who was recently featured in The Daily Telegraph's Top 20 Creative Florists of 2016. India Hurst was brought up on her parents’ nursery surrounded by flowers and foliage, before she embarked on a career in art and design. Today, this florist, designer and grower flourishes in what she calls 'orchestrated chaos’, creating exuberant arrangements with 'a wild, natural element, but quite considered, and structured’.

We are thrilled to have such an exciting young florist kick off our 2017 courses season.

During the afternoon India will demonstrate how to put together the perfect hand tied bouquet, before you go onto create your own beautiful bouquets using the finest seasonal blooms. Once you have finished creating your arrangements, you will enjoy a delicious home made afternoon tea, with tiers of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. The course will be held in the wonderful surroundings of the Millichope Glasshouses and Wildegoose Tearoom.

Places strictly limited. £85.00 (all materials and refreshment included)

Email or call 01584 841890 to book.

It is also possible to attend just the demonstration followed by afternoon tea for £35. Please email ot telephone if this is your preferred option.

"..thank you both for Sunday. What a fantastic day. It was thoroughly enjoyable and you got the balance of fun and learning, spot on. The food, as ever, was delicious"


"It was excellent – the variety of materials provided..,the tuition was thorough, lively and entertaining..the wonderful chef (chefs) who always provide delicious, sumptuous food for us were as charming and welcoming as ever. Superb venue, beautifully decorated to celebrate the season. A real gem for us in Shropshire"


"What a wonderful day…My overall impression was that I don’t think you could have improved on anything….Excellent value, I have already recommended you to one of my friends."