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January 18, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden Beginners’ gardening courses

2014-09-19, Neil Harrison AWG Phil photos (75) Phil with Turks Turban squash 2014-09-19, Neil Harrison AWG photos (57) view West EastJanuary 16 is apparently mid winter’s day & also our eldest daughters’ birthdays. So now we’re past that & in theory heading towards Summer, I’m very excited to share news of the first ever Apley Walled Garden gardening courses.

First, here are details of the Beginners’ course & I’ll blog the Three Season course tomorrow – keeping them separate should avoid confusion !

Apley Walled Garden Beginners’ gardening course

Are you a Downton Abbey fan, a keen gardener or just looking for an unusual & interesting day out – then read on & sign up !

Apley Walled Garden is nestled away in the heart of Lord & Lady Hamilton’s beautiful Apley Park Estate in Shropshire. Our walled garden is one Britain’s largest, featuring heated walls & a rare pair of pavilions. After 60 years out of use we began to restore the garden to vegetable production in 2013.  It now produces most of the tasty, local home grown traditional vegetables sold in the award winning Apley Farm Shop less than 1 mile away.

Our Head Gardener, Phil Allen, has more than  20 years of gardening & horticultural experience having begun his career as under gardener at Highgrove for HRH Prince of Wales. Since joining Apley in February 2013, he has made several appearances on BBC & local radio & has been writing a monthly gardening column for the Shropshire Review Magazine.

We are giving gardeners of all levels of experience the opportunity to benefit from Phil’s wealth of knowledge & experience by offering the first of a series of gardening courses in the delightful surroundings of our Walled Garden.

Be the first ! This is the first time ever in the garden’s history that courses have been held here

WHY attend this course ? Improve your gardening knowledge, working with fruit & vegetables in a unique, historic & private walled garden

HOW MUCH will the course cost: £55 including a 2 course lunch in the Creamery Café & refreshments throughout the day

WHO is this course for ? It caters for beginners gardeners

WHAT it will cover ?

Learn the basics & enjoy the taste of your own vegetables from artichokes to zucchini

  • Compost types and their benefits
  • When to sow and why
  • Harvest timetable, when you can expect to pick your own.
  • Ground preps.
  • Growing in small spaces
  • What to grow and what not to

Groups: For groups of 10, the course can be tailored to specific areas of interest.

What will I need ?

Some wellies & or boots would be good. This is a practical hands-on course. You will be spending time both indoors & outdoors. Wet weather will not keep us indoors !

WHEN is it held ?

It’ll run on the last Wednesday of every month from March to October: Wed 25 March, Wed 29 April, Wed 27 May, Wed 24 June, Wed 29 July, Wed 26 Aug, Wed 30 Sept & Wed 28 Oct.

Dates on


9:30    meet in Conference Room at Apley Farm Shop for coffee & tea with Head Gardener, Phil Allen. Lunch orders taken

9:45    drive in as few cars as possible (limited parking) to the gardens, less than 1 mile from the Shop

10:00  Course begins

11:00  Drinks & biscuits

12:15   Leave gardens & drive to back to the Shop for lunch in the Creamery Café

12:30  Lunch – 2 courses for £14 (included in booking price)

13:30  Leave café

13:45   Drive back to the Garden

14:00  Course continues

15:00  Drinks & biscuits

16:00  Course ends. Drive back to Apley Farm Shop

16:15   Collect cars. Home time !

Full details on

Enquiries to Rebecca: or 01952 730 345 (option 6)

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