We are planning our Christmas workshops for late November and early December and have scheduled some dates for Christmas Wreaths and Chicken Wire Robins. (scroll down past the gallery for booking information).

Traditional Christmas Wreaths will be made from fresh & dried greenery

Chicken Wire Robins – you will make a pair

Both workshops are half day (2.5 to 3 hour) sessions and cost 35 euros each. We have scheduled one full day where you can come along and take part in both activities – the full day workshop costs 70 euros. We will provide tea & coffee as well as all materials to make your Robins and/or Wreath. For the full day session you will need to bring a packed lunch. Places are limited so please use the contact form below to enquire about availability stating your preferred date.

Tuesday 30th November – full day/both workshops 10am – 4pm: 70 euros (NOW FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 3rd December – Robins: half day workshop 10am – 1pm: 35 euros

Monday 6th December – Wreath workshop 1pm-4pm: 35 euros

Wednesday 8th December – Wreath workshop 1pm-4pm: 35 euros

Tuesday 14th December – Robins 10am-4pm: 35 euros

**We have also reserved some dates in late November and early December for group bookings. We can put on either workshop for you and your friends (minimum of 4 people, maximum 6) Please use the contact form below to make an enquiry.

Just a reminder that we will be closing the nursery early this coming Saturday 4th September at 2.30/300pm. Back to normal the following week.

Our one year old maiden apple trees are now ready for sale. Grafted by us from our own collection of heritage UK apple varieties onto dwarfing rootstocks. They are ready for training into standard, cordon or espalier forms.

You can download the varieties list here:

We have produced these young trees ourselves and numbers of each variety are limited. You can come and select them on Saturdays 10-4. We can take pre-orders but we can only hold on to them for 2 weeks maximum, collection on Saturdays only.

We have a few places available for our ‘Highland Cow’ willow sculpture workshop on 23rd September.

The workshop runs from 10am-4.30pm and costs 65 euros per person. You will learn the basics of using willow as a medium for sculpture and make a Highland Cow head sculpture for your garden, barn or home.

The price includes all materials and light refreshments but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Places are limited so please use the contact form below to enquire about booking and to reserve a place:

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PUT ON AN EXTRA DATE Chicken Wire Owl workshop on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. The workshop runs from 10am – 4.30pm and costs 55 euros per person.

You will learn the basic techniques involved in using chicken wire for sculpture and make a cute owl sculpture for your garden. All materials are included as well as light refreshments but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Places are limited so please use the contact form below to enquire about booking and reserve a place.

BOTH DATES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED. WE HOPE TO RUN MORE ALLIUM WORKSHOPS IN THE AUTUMN, LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

You will learn the basics of using chicken wire for sculpture and create a trio of Allium flowers. The workshop runs from 1pm-4pm, all materials are included to make three alliums. We provide tea/coffee/water. Cost: 35 euros per person.

Places are limited so please use the contact form below to enquire about booking:

We have over 8 different varieties of chilli peppers growing in our garden and for sale on our nursery. They are really easy to grow outside because they do not suffer from many pests and diseases and will start cropping in July, last year we were still harvesting in November! You can download our list of varieties below the recipes, the plants are ready to plant out and starting to flower.

We love hot chillies but there are plenty of mild varieties too so we grow a mixture for different uses. We are self sufficient in chillies and make a variety of pickles and sauces, I am often asked to share my recipes for sauces, preserving, pickling and freezing them so that you can also enjoy all year round heat! Here are some of my favourite, easy recipes:

Pickled Jalapenos: This is super easy and gives you a supply of sweet, mild chilli slices for going on pizza, salads, sandwiches, veggi bakes etc. Sterilise some jars, slice some fresh Jalapenos into 5mm slices (they can be red for a hotter flavour, or green for a milder experience, or a mix of both) and pack them into the sterilised jars. Put sufficient vinegar in a pan to fill the jars – I use red wine vinegar or cider vinegar – add some sugar, about one dessert spoon per jar (brown sugar is best but white will do) and some spices such as a couple of bay leaves, a few black pepper corns, a couple of cloves, some allspice, a clove of garlic, whatever you have in the cupboard, bring the vinegar to a simmer and then immediately pour over the chillies to fill the jars, making sure the chilli slices are well covered. Allow to cool then store in a cool dark cupboard for at least a couple of months before opening.

Pickled Peppadews: These little round chillies are great pickled and then stuffed with cream cheese, or a mix of cream cheese and chopped cornichons or tuna, (or both) and served as an aperitif. They are slightly more difficult to prepare than the Jalapenos because you need to slice off the top end (with the stalk) scoop out the seeds and then soak in brine overnight before you can pickle them. After 24-36 hours you need to rinse them well, then the rest of the recipe is as for the Jalapenos.

Chilli Sauce: This is pretty easy, I put a variety of hot chillies in a roasting tin (I leave the small ones whole and cut the bigger varieties in half) with some onions chopped into quarters and some tomatoes chopped in half. This is a good way of using up the last of the harvest before the first frosts and the quantities will depend on how many you have left, the more tomatoes you add, the more liquid the sauce will be. Drizzle some olive oil over the mix of veg and add some herbs/garlic/spices to taste and roast in a hot oven for about 40-50 minutes until they are soft and starting to take some colour. Then add them to a pan, add some vinegar to about half the volume of the chilli/onion/tomato mix and add some sugar (I never measure, just a heaped dessert spoon per jar’s worth of the mix) bring to a simmer and let the mix simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Let it cool for a while then whiz up in a blender. I always then strain out the skins & seeds etc to make a smooth sauce, its a bit of a faff but it is worth the effort. Then pour into sterilised bottles or jars, screw the lids on tightly ……. and wait a couple of months.

Chillies also freeze really well so I always have a stock of cayenne peppers and other varieties, just put them in a plastic tub or zip top freezer bag, and then freeze, they will keep for up to a year. They can also be threaded onto strings and dried, I use a sewing needle and strong thread.

Chillies need plenty of sunshine to warm the soil for good root establishment and growth and also to ripen the fruits. They can suffer from blossom end rot like tomatoes where the base of the fruit goes black and sunken, this is due to a lack of calcium so they do best in mineral soils rather than in containers in potting compost where they can also lack water. When planted in the ground it is best to mulch them to keep the soil moist, we use grass clippings which also add nitrogen to the soil as they break down.

Download our chilli plant list here, we are open 10am-4pm on Saturdays:

Come along and learn how to use chicken wire for garden sculptures and make a cute little piglet!

This workshop runs from 10am – 3.30/4pm on Monday 26th July. All materials are included, the cost per person is 55 euros. We provide refreshments but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

This course is suitable for beginners, you will be guided through the various stages of making the basic piglet shape and then adding the features. Chicken wire is a malleable material and easy to work with but you will need a little dexterity and strength to make your piglet. We will support anyone who needs a little help to complete their sculpture.

Please get in touch using the contact form below if you would like to find out more or book a place. We have limited places available so they are offered on first come/first served basis.

JUST TWO PLACES LEFT on our two-day Stained Glass for Beginners course taking place on 2nd & 4th August 2021.

On this course you will learn about the materials, tools and equipment used to make traditional leaded glass windows and you will design and make a simple stained glass panel/small window. The course is designed for complete beginners who want to learn how to create leaded glass panels, windows and art.

The course costs 125 euros per person (materials are extra as they will depend on your choice of design but are on average around 20 euros). We start at 10am and finish around 4pm on both days, you will need to bring a packed lunch. We will provide light refreshments. To find out more and for booking information please get in touch using the contact form below the gallery. There is also a downloadable course information document below the gallery.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED, WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL DATES & OTHER COURSES! We have 4 places available on Thursday 29th July to come and learn how to use willow for sculpture and make a dragonfly ornament to hang on an interior or exterior wall. The dragonfly will measure around 80cm x 100cm.

This workshop starts at 10am and will finish around 4.30pm. The cost is 60 euros per person, including all materials and light refreshments. You will need to bring a packed lunch.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners, willow is a malleable material and easy to use but needs a little dexterity, we will support anyone who needs a little help to finish their sculpture. You will also learn about the different types of willow that are suitable for weaving and how to prepare them.

Places are limited so please get in touch to request further information and booking a place using the contact form below.

Learn the traditional art of weaving with willow and create a pair of garden obelisks.

Saturday 3rd July 1.00-4.30 pm – 45 euros per person – including all materials to make a pair of obelisks (approximately 1 metre high x 30cm at the base)

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE FOR FUTURE COURSES