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

December
12/12/2017

Christmas Wreath Making - Full Day

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Christmas Wreath Making - Full Day Image

Learn how to create Christmas wreaths using dried willow and festive garden greenery.

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February
08/02/2018

Propagation - Root & Hardwood Cuttings - Half Day

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Propagation - Root & Hardwood Cuttings - Half Day Image

Root and hardwood cuttings are best taken when plants are dormant in Winter. During this course you will learn about the two different root cutting methods, how to take hardwood cuttings and which plants are best propagated this way.

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15/02/2018

Winter Pruning - Full Day

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Winter Pruning - Full Day Image

Pruning is one job in the garden that a lot of people are unsure about. Incorrect pruning can result in loss of flowers and fruits, misshapen plants and sometimes death of plants. During this course you will be taught some golden rules on how to prune and when. There will also be time in the day to prune a range of plants in the garden including roses, climbers and free standing shrubs.

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22/02/2018

Fruit Tree Pruning - Full Day

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Fruit Tree Pruning - Full Day Image

On this course we will cover the theory and gain practical experience of pruning apples and pears in the orchard of The Beeches, as well as learning how to prune and train wall grown fruit such as espaliers. Information will also be given on rootstock selection and pollination groups.

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March
01/03/2018

Climbers & Wall Shrubs - Full Day

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Climbers & Wall Shrubs - Full Day Image

Climbers and wall shrubs are a versatile group of plants which can be used to great effect in the garden. This day course will include selection for different aspects, pro’s and cons of using different supports and most importantly the pruning and training of a range of plants.

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08/03/2018

Propagation - Leaf Cuttings - Half Day

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Propagation - Leaf Cuttings - Half Day Image

A range of house plants and succulents are propagated by leaf cuttings. The course content includes whole leaf, leaf section, leaf lamina and leaf petiole techniques.

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15/03/2018

Propagation - Layering - Half Day

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Propagation - Layering - Half Day Image

Propagating plants by layering takes advantage of some plants’ natural layering tendency. During this session we will look at a variety of different layering techniques such as simple, french, serpentine and air layering.

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22/03/2018

Vegetable Growing - Full Day

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Vegetable Growing - Full Day Image

This is a comprehensive course on all aspects of vegetable growing. We will cover soil types and their management, vegetable groups and their growing requirements, crop rotation, feeding, extending the growing season, green manures, pests and diseases and companion planting

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April
12/04/2018

Planting Schemes - Full Day

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Planting Schemes - Full Day Image

This course will enable you to learn how the plant characteristics of colour, form and texture can be used to create interesting visual displays in a border. We will also look at a range of plant combinations and investigate different garden styles and the plants most suitable to them. By the end of the day we are confident you will leave with some new ideas on how to improve to your own garden.

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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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Coming Soon - Floristry Courses

Harriet Nelson studied at Plumpton College and has been a qualified Florist since 2004. Since leaving college she has worked in Florists in Hove and Lewes.

Recently Harriet taught a number of 10 week courses at Brighton and Hove City College, only giving up to set up her own Wedding business ‘A Moment in Thyme’.

She has a great passion for flowers and is looking forward to running classes at Beeches Barn in 2017. There will be a number of courses running from Wedding Floristry to Christmas Wreath making.

The aim of the classes is for everyone to try their hand at Floristry and to have a fun filled experience and achieve something new.

We look forward to seeing you in 2017

Full day courses

Cost: £95.00 per person

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

Cost: £50.00 per person

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