This online course was first developed when our ‘hands on’ practical course had to be cancelled due to the first period of confinement in 2020. Now we have a full year of videos, articles and a calendar to link it all together and are publishing it as a package. The course is aimed at complete beginners and novice gardeners who want to improve their success in the potager and covers the cultivation of a range of easy veg crops as well as the principles of crop rotation, organic growing, soil management, companion planting, harvesting and storing techniques.

You will get access to a range of videos (currently 24 short videos) that take you through the gardening year as well as articles in PDF format to accompany the videos and give a little more in depth information. There is a calendar to help you to sequence the sowing and growing throughout the year.

You can also access additional support by emailing us with questions.

Watch a sample video: Seed sowing under protection

Vegetable Growing for Beginners

This online course allows you to access videos and articles that guide you through the year. Aimed at beginners the tutorials cover basic techniques to prepare, sow and grow a range of easy vegetables as well as looking at principles and techniques for successful organic growing. Once we receive notification of your payment, we will contact you by email with a link to our You Tube channel and attach our articles & calendar.

€35.00

If you have any questions or are finding it difficult to use the online payment or view the sample video please use the contact form below to get in touch:

Have you ever wanted to try the skill of grafting? This specialist propagation technique takes a little patience and practice but can be mastered by beginners with a little guidance. We are offering this half day course on Thursday 18th February 2021: 1.00pm-4.00pm. 40 Euros per person including all materials and light refreshments.

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You will learn a little about the science behind the technique and then have a go at grafting your own fruit tree. We will provide you with two dwarfing rootstocks and a selection of heritage apple varieties to graft (you will make two grafted trees to take home) but if you have your own tree that you would like to propagate then please bring some along, use the contact form below to contact us to find out how to harvest grafting material from your tree.

All tools and materials will be provided. Part of the workshop will take place outside so please wear warm work clothing. This technique does need some manual dexterity and patience! You will take home your grafted maiden trees with full instructions on how to care for them in the first year to maximise success. (Typical success rates for grafted trees is around 75% but if your graft doesn’t work first time you can use the rootstock again to have another go).

Places are limited so Please use the contact form to request booking information or  if you have any questions about the workshop or would like information on how to harvest grafting material from your existing tree:

Do you have an overgrown and neglected orchard and don’t know where to start? Would you like to establish a new orchard or fruit garden? Would you like to include decorative forms of fruit trees in your ornamental garden or potager? At Le Jardin Créatif we have years of experience in specialist pruning and training of fruit trees and run a range of half day and full day courses and workshops during February and early March covering different types of pruning and training of fruits. Each course will cover the basic botanical principles that are useful to know for understanding the practical techniques. This is then followed up with practical demonstrations and the opportunity to practice the techniques. The courses are designed so that they can be accessed separately to cover one specialist subject, or you can book onto two or all three to benefit from the full range of information or you can book us to come out for a bespoke session at your own orchard.

Half day workshop: Pruning and Training of young orchard trees; How to plan, plant and train a young orchard of ‘top fruits’; this half day course will cover the principles of choosing and planting orchard trees and will look at the principles and practices of training young standard trees for maximum health and productivity. We will also look at a range of bush fruits if time allows. This workshop will take place at Le Jardin Créatif on 15th February 1-4pm.  35€ (6 places available)

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Half day workshop: Training of decorative forms of Fruit: This half day specialist course takes place at Le Jardin Créatif and explores the training and pruning of decorative forms of tree including espalier, fan, and cordon forms from initial planting and training to ongoing maintenance. These specialist forms are excellent for smaller gardens and for adding decorative dividers and boundaries to your garden or potager. Tuesday 16th February 1-4pm. 35€ (6 places available)

Newly grafted apple varieties

We also run half day ‘Grafting’ workshops in February where you can learn the art and science of Grafting and graft your own fruit trees. 40€ per person. You will take home 2 grafted apple trees on dwarfing rootstocks, you will have a choice of varieties from our heritage apple collection. We are running a session on Thursday 18th February 1-4pm, or we can do a group booking on a date to suit. This could be combined with any of the above dates. (6 places available)

Pruning, maintenance and renovation of mature orchard trees Individual consultation; We are offering half day and full day sessions where we come out to your orchard and give you guidance and training in the renovation and management of a mature or overgrown orchard. Starting with a little plant physiology to help you to understand the principles of how different pruning techniques affect the flow of energy around the tree and the influence on plant growth. We will discuss a management plan for your orchard renovation, followed by a demonstration and practical training in the techniques, any remaining time will be spent helping you to carry out the pruning. Half day workshop 100€ Full day workshop 200€ plus travel expenses. (We bring our own tools, packed lunch and both of us!)

To book onto any of the above courses please use the contact form below to request booking information, individual consultation, group bookings or further information about any of the courses. Places are limited but we can put extra dates on if necessary.

This year we will be running a choice of workshops in December:

Traditional Christmas Wreath – A pair of Chicken Wire Robins.

Because of the current situation we are advertising most of our dates as ‘bubble group’ bookings; where you choose a date and an activity and come along together with people that you meet regularly with. The sessions are 1-4pm (although there is some flexibility for group bookings) and will include all materials and light refreshments. Each workshop is 35 euros per person. All dates will be booked on ‘first come first served basis’ if your chosen date has already been reserved, please get in touch to see what alternatives we can offer.

Please note that we cannot ‘mix and match’ wreaths and robins on the same workshop, but we could offer a full day covering the two activities if your group wants to make both. (bring a packed lunch)

We have the following dates available for ‘Bubble Bookings’ (minimum of 4 people and maximum of 6 or 7):

Wednesday 9th, (Provisionally reserved)

Thursday 10th, Saturday 12th December (Saturday 12th now reserved)

Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Saturday 19th December: still available

For individual bookings and groups of less than 4:

Tuesday 8th – Robins (now fully booked)

Tuesday 15th December (Now reserved)

Please use the contact form below to enquire about places/availability and to request booking information or to enquire about any different dates:

We will be offering another chance to make chicken wire Allium flowers on this popular workshop.

This half day workshop teaches you some basic chicken wire sculpture skills and you will make 3 Allium flowers on spikes to decorate your garden. They flower all year round!!

The workshop will run from 1-4pm on Thursday 15th October

35€ per person. Light refreshments are included as well as all materials  to make 3 flower heads on spikes.

Places are limited so please use the contact form below to enquire about availability and request booking information:

Learn how to create flower sculptures out of chicken wire for the garden.  These beautiful harebell (or maybe Dierama flowers) are made over a full day workshop that includes the materials to make three flowers on a spike (height approximately 1. 2 metres).

Thursday 29th October 2020 10.00-4.30 – cost; 55€ per person.

We are able to serve refreshments (tea/coffee/cold drinks) but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED PLEASE GET IN TOUCH USING THE CONTACT FORM BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS WORKSHOP AT A LATER DATE

Places are limited so please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page if you would like to book a place.

Chicken wire is fairly malleable and easy to bend using pliers but does require a little strength and dexterity, plus a little patience to make a large or complex sculpture. This workshop is suitable for beginners – we will assist anyone who requires a little help to complete their flowers.

We will be offering another chance to make chicken wire Allium flowers on this popular workshop.

This half day workshop teaches you some basic chicken wire sculpture skills and you will make 3 Allium flowers on spikes to decorate your garden. They flower all year round!!

The workshop will run from 1-4pm on Thursday 15th October

35€ per person. Light refreshments are included as well as all materials  to make 3 flower heads on spikes.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED – WE HAVE ADDED AN EXTRA DATE ON 15TH OCTOBER, PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM BELOW TO REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

Places are limited so please send us an email if you would like to book onto this workshop: lejardincreatif87@gmail.com

or you can use the contact form below:

IMG_0980Come and learn how to use willow as a medium for sculpture and make an ornamental owl sculpture for your home or garden.

All materials will be provided as well as light refreshments. You will need to bring a packed lunch.

Thursday 1st October 2020: 10.00-4.00: 60€

Willow is a flexible material that is fun to work with but does take a little strength and dexterity (and a bit of patience!) for making a sculpture. This Owl workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience working with Willow.


To book a place on this workshop you can use the online payment system below. Once we receive notification of your booking we will send you further details by email. If you have any trouble using this system or prefer to pay by cheque then you an use the contact form to check availability and request a booking form:


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Learn how to make ‘ghost’ sculptures out of chicken wire and make a trio of poppy seed heads on spikes for your garden.

This full day workshop is suitable for beginners and the price covers all materials to make three poppy heads on spikes. We can provide light refreshments but please bring a packed lunch.

Tuesday 1st September 10.00-4.30 – cost per person: 55€

Chicken wire is fairly malleable and easy to shape using pliers but does require a little strength and dexterity, plus a little patience to make a large or complex sculpture. This workshop is suitable for beginners – we will assist anyone who requires a little help to complete their flowers.
You can book onto this workshop using the online payment system below. Once we receive notification of your booking we will contact you with further information. If you have any trouble using this system or prefer to pay by cheque then you can use the contact form below to get in touch to check availability and request a booking form. You can use this contact form for any other questions.

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Learn how to make flower sculptures from wire and make a trio of ‘Calla Lilies’ on spikes for your garden.

This half day workshop is suitable for beginners and includes all materials needed to make 3 flowers on spikes.

Tuesday 25th August 2020 1.00-4.30pm – cost per person: 40€

All materials and light refreshments are provided. You will need a pair of light gardening gloves for working with chicken wire and please bring your own mask.

Chicken wire is fairly malleable and easy to bend using pliers but does require a little strength and dexterity.
You can book onto this workshop using the online payment system below. Once we receive notification of your booking we will contact you with further information. If you have any trouble using this system or prefer to pay by cheque then you can use the contact form below to get in touch to check availability and request a booking form. You can use this contact form for any other questions.

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