Over the past 18 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.

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 at The Beeches. Each course will be presented by a lecturer with expertise in the specific subject.

Upcoming Courses

September
06/09/2018

Year in our Garden - Full Day - 10 Month Course

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Year in our Garden - Full Day - 10 Month Course Image

The Beeches is opening its doors for a new course

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08/09/2018

Garden Photography - Full Day

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Garden Photography - Full Day Image

Learn to photograph your garden with professional photographer and filmmaker Tom Wichelow. The Beeches, in all itís summer glory will provide the backdrop for a lovely day of photographic creativity.
Over the course of the day Tom will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to be able to harvest beautiful photographs from your own garden.

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13/09/2018

Hand Tied Bouquets - Half Day

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Hand Tied Bouquets - Half Day Image

The Beeches are delighted to welcome Georgia Miles from The Sussex Flower School who will teach this course. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Using flowers selected and prepared by Georgia from The Beeches Walled Garden, participants will learn the techniques required to create beautiful hand tied bouquets, and be given tips on how best to care for them. All materials will be provided and participants will take home their own beautiful English country bouquet.

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20/09/2018

Planting Schemes - Full Day

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Planting Schemes - Full Day Image

This inspiring day course focuses on how to produce a beautiful planting display. Learn about colour, form and texture and how to apply theses principles to select the correct plants for your borders. You are guaranteed to return home with lots of fabulous ideas on how to improve your own garden.

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27/09/2018

Wildflower Meadows - Full Day

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Wildflower meadows are both visually stunning as well as being important cultural and environmental habitats. Have you got a spare bit of lawn or border that you could set aside for wildflowers? Come and learn about the different types of meadows and how to create one in your own garden.

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October
11/10/2018

Propagation - Semi-ripe cuttings and division -Full Day

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Propagation - Semi-ripe cuttings and division -Full Day Image

Propagating plants is a very rewarding way to increase your plant numbers. This day will be packed with practical activities, including taking cuttings from a range of evergreen plants and learning various methods of herbaceous plant division. Make sure you have plenty of room in the car as you will be taking lots of plants home with you.

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25/10/2018

Vegetable Growing - Full Day

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Vegetable Growing - Full Day Image

Growing and then harvesting your own vegetables is one of the most satisfying feelings. This comprehensive day course covers a range of useful information including soil prep, crop rotation, specific crop requirements and pests and diseases.

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November
15/11/2018

Water gardening - Full Day

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Water gardening - Full Day Image

Water features are brilliant for increasing the enjoyment of a garden as well as being beneficial to wildlife.. This day course will cover the different types of water features to suit all styles and sizes of garden. Also covered is pond health and maintenance, and choosing the best water plants.

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22/11/2018

Making the most of annuals - Full Day

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Making the most of annuals - Full Day Image

Annual plants are a very overlooked plant group which are not used to their full potential. There are some fabulous annuals available which can enhance the beauty and longevity of any garden. The course covers the best annuals available, it also includes the sowing of annual seeds both direct and into trays which you can take home with you.

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28/11/2018

Christmas Willow Wreath Making - Half Day

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Christmas Willow Wreath Making - Half Day Image

Learn how to create a round or heart shaped Christmas wreath using dried willow and festive garden greenery. On this half day course you will make a wreath using dried willow to form a strong and long lasting sculptural form and garden foliage. All materials are provided but please fell free to bring along any particular extras such as seed head, ribbons etc you may like to include.

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29/11/2018

Roses - Full Day

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Roses - Full Day Image

Roses are one of the most beautiful and versatile plants to have in your garden. The range of colours and exceptional fragrances produce pure joy. This course covers the different types of roses, their maintenance and pruning needs as well as looking at some of the best that are available.

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December
04/12/2018

Christmas Wreath Making - Half Day

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Christmas Wreath Making - Half Day Image

Learn how to make a traditional moss based wreath with Georgia Miles from The Sussex Flower School. Then decorate it with seasonal accessories: fresh foliage, cinnamon sticks, dried fruits, pine cones and ribbons. Participants take home their festive creation.

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11/12/2018

Christmas Wreath Making - Half Day

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Christmas Wreath Making - Half Day Image

Learn how to make a traditional moss based wreath with Georgia Miles from The Sussex Flower School. Then decorate it with seasonal accessories: fresh foliage, cinnamon sticks, dried fruits, pine cones and ribbons. Participants take home their festive creation.

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13/12/2018

Christmas Willow Wreath Making - Half Day

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Christmas Willow Wreath Making - Half Day Image

Learn how to create a round or heart shaped Christmas wreath using dried willow and festive garden greenery. On this half day course you will make a wreath using dried willow to form a strong and long lasting sculptural form and garden foliage. All materials are provided but please fell free to bring along any particular extras such as seed head, ribbons etc you may like to include.

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February
14/02/2019

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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21/02/2019

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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28/02/2019

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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March
14/03/2019

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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21/03/2019

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, proís and cons of using different supports and most importantly the pruning and training of a range of plants.

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28/03/2019

Propagation - Layering - Half Day

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Propagation - Layering - Half Day Image

Propagating plants by layering takes advantage of some plantsí 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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April
18/04/2019

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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30/04/2019

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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May
16/05/2019

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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23/05/2019

Pruning Plum Trees

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Pruning Plum Trees 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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30/05/2019

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
13/06/2019

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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20/06/2019

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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27/06/2019

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
11/07/2019

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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18/07/2019

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 6 people, unless specified.

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 (Finishing time may vary)

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

Minimum 6 people, unless specified.

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