Over the past 15 years, Sandy Coppen has created a beautiful garden within the grounds of her home at The Beeches, an 18th century country house in East Sussex. This work involved restoring a 300 year old walled garden to its former glory.

Her efforts were rewarded with a very successful opening of the garden as part of the National Garden Scheme in 2016. Drawing on her experience and with a desire to share her passion for gardening, Sandy is offering a series of horticultural and various arts and crafts courses in the restored Beeches Barn. Each course will be presented by a lecturer with expertise in the specific subject.

Upcoming Courses

April
26/04/2018

Pruning Plum Trees - Full Day

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Pruning Plum Trees - Full Day Image

Due to Plum trees (including Greengage, Damson, Cherry) having to be pruned in late Spring/early Summer they can sometimes get overlooked as it is a very busy time in the garden generally. Come and learn how to prune this valuable group of fruit trees. You will also pick up tips on the best way to care for them and different cultivars for your garden.

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May
01/05/2018

Willow Weaving - Full Day

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Willow Weaving - Full Day Image

Make your own Garden plant support. Sandra will show you how to make obelisks and cloches to traditional and individual designs, to use within your own gardens. Using hazel and willow sourced locally and from Somerset she will lead you through the steps in constructing strong woven structures

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10/05/2018

How does your garden grow? - Full Day

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How does your garden grow? - Full Day Image

This is a basic botany course looking at how plants grow and develop. During the day we will be looking at the structure and function of roots, stems, flowers and leaves. Most importantly transferring that knowledge into practical advice on how best to care for our plants. This is going to be a fun day with lots of practical activities, no prior science knowledge is required.

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31/05/2018

The Wildlife Garden - Full Day

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The Wildlife Garden - Full Day Image

Wildlife gardens donít have to be unkempt areas full of nettles and brambles. During this day course you will learn abut which plants attract different species of wildlife to the garden and have the chance to design an area for wildlife using the resources in the classroom.

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June
07/06/2018

Container Growing - Full Day

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Container Growing - Full Day Image

Container growing is increasing in popularity as the range of plants used has widened over the recent years. Gone are the days of stuffing a few Busy Lizzies in a pot, now there is a large choice of flowering and edible plants to choose from. During the day we will look at what makes a good container display by exploring compatible colour and leaf combinations. You will plant up a container and be instructed on how to care for them for the duration of their display.

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14/06/2018

Propagation - Softwood Cuttings - Half Day

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Propagation - Softwood Cuttings - Half Day Image

Many deciduous shrubs are propagated by softwood cuttings in early Summer as well as a range of hardy and tender perennials. Softwood cuttings have the highest chance of taking successfully of any stem cutting.

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21/06/2018

The Edible Garden - Full Day

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The Edible Garden - Full Day Image

Not everyone has the space to set aside a separate vegetable and fruit garden. This day course covers how to grow edible plants amongst your ornamental plants.

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July
19/07/2018

How to grow fruit successfully - Full Day

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How to grow fruit successfully - Full Day Image

There is something special about picking and eating fruit straight from the garden or allotment. This day course covers the growing requirements of a large range of fruit. You will also be given information of different cultivars for different situations and how best to care for your plants.

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Full day courses

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Please arrive at 9.30am for a prompt 10.00am start.

Minimum 8 people – maximum 12 people on each course.

Full day courses will include all materials where relevant, refreshments and a 2 course lunch with optional wine.

Half  day courses

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Please arrive at 9.30am for a prompt 10.00am start.

Minimum 8 people – maximum 12 people on each course.

Half day courses will include all materials where relevant and refreshments.

If all 5 propagation courses are booked a 10% discount will be given.

The Beeches, Church Road,
Barcombe, East Sussex BN8 5TS

T 07771 655862
sand@thebeechesbarcombe.com