Courses & Events

Throughout spring and summer we will be attending a number of shows and fairs around the country with a selection of our violas, herbaceous perennials and grasses. Back home on the nursery and garden in addition to our normal opening times we also have a number of special open days in conjunction with the gardens at Millichope Park in aide of the NGS. Throughout the year there will also be a number of exciting courses that you can attend in the newly restored glasshouses with the launch of the Wildegoose Gardening School.

The Wildegoose Gardening School

The Wildegoose Gardening School offers expert tuition on an array of subjects and covering all skill levels.  From 1 hour master classes to day courses and evening lectures, all in an inspiring setting of the Georgian glasshouses and Walled Garden.
Should you wish to book a place on any of the following courses or events please telephone the nursery on 01584 841 890 or email  

Sunday 25th March 2018: Hands on Propagation Course

Hands on Propagation CourseSpend a day in the Glasshouses at Wildegoose Nursery learning the art of plant propagation.  From the basics of sowing seeds, through to specialist root cuttings and everything in between.  This day course is a hands on practical under the tutor Jack Willgoss, who will equip you with everything you need to know to successfully propagate a garden full of plants.  All materials are supplied.  Coffee on arrival and two course lunch included.

Jack Willgoss runs Wildegoose nursery and garden in Shropshire with his wife Laura. He trained in horticulture at Reaseheath College, the Dorothy Clive Garden and then at the prestigious RHS flagship garden Wisley, in Surrey, where he graduated with distinction from the Diploma Course in September 2008. He and his wife set up Wildegoose nursery in 2011. The nursery has been awarded RHS Gold medals at Malvern 2014 and 2015 and RHS SilverGilt Medals at Chelsea 2015 and 2016. Jack and Laura produce all their own plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions and look forward to imparting their knowledge and experience to help other budding gardeners achieve success in propagating a wide range of garden plants.

10am-4pm    £70.00
Maximum 8 places

Sunday 1st April 2018: Monthly 1 hour Masterclasses in the Walled Garden
HMonthly 1 hour Masterclasses in the Walled GardenThe first Sunday of every month (April-October) at 11am there will be a free masterclass given by either Jack or Laura Willgoss of Wildegoose nursery and Garden. Each month will cover a different horticultural topic, with the opportunity to ask lots of questions as we go on a tour around the garden through each changing season.
Masterclasses are included in the £3.50 garden entry. (no booking necessary for the masterclasses).

Sunday 1st April –Spring bulbs and what seeds to sow now for later colour.
Sunday 6th May – Our annual Viola Open Day with masterclasses running throughout the day on the best tulips and biennials to grow and top tips for growing perennial violas.
Sunday 3rd June – Bedding out tender perennials and annuals for all summer colour  in the borders and for cutflowers .
Sunday 1st July – border design – how to create beautiful borders.
Sunday 5th August –Fabulous Phlox and high summer perennials.
Sunday 2nd September- How to use grasses in the garden
Sunday 7th October  -  The best late season perennials to grow plus planning for Spring – bulbs and biennials.

Wednesday 18th April 2018: Weave Your Own Willow Plant Supports with Jenny Crisp.

Jenny Crisp will be our tutor for a practical course on natural plant supports.  Using locally grown willow, you will create a minimum of 2 plant supports for the garden.  Ideal for use in the flower borders, supporting sweet peas and runner beans.  This course is suitable for beginners with no previous experience.  All materials are provided.  Coffee on arrival and a two course lunch.
10am-4pm    £85.00

Wednesday 25th April 2018: An Evening with Derry Watkins -'Pushing the Boundaries'– borderline hardy and tender plants you can’t live without

Derry WatkinsWe are thrilled that Derry Watkins will be our first guest for our 'Evenings With' series of talks, Derry and her nursery near Bath has long been an inspiration to us.  Her love of plants and boundless energy make for an entertaining and inspiring evening.

Derry Watkins, started Special Plants Nursery thirty years ago.  In 1993 she won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend three months in South Africa looking for new plants to introduce into horticulture.  In 1995 she went back, seed collecting in the Drakensberg.  In 1996 she and her husband bought a derelict barn to convert into a house, and they have converted the fields into a garden. She teaches at The English Gardening School and is author of The Complete Greenhouse Book and Sunspaces.  She wrote the monthly Plantsman’s Favourites articles for Gardens Illustrated in 2014

Derry will be bringing a selection of plants for sale.
 6.30pm - £10 per person
Coffee and biscuits on arrival

Thursday 17th May 2018: An Evening with Michael Marriott – ‘An Introduction to Roses and how to use them in the garden’

Michael MarriottEverything you ever wanted to know from the expert, a wonderful opportunity to come and be inspired and informed by Michael, just before the rose season gets underway.. Technical Manager and Senior Rosarian at David Austin Roses, Michael has over 30 years experience of rose growing and lifetime of general gardening. He is an authority on all matters relating to roses around the world, especially David Austin’s English Roses, including variety choice, all aspect of rose growing and rose garden design. He regularly lectures and writes on various aspects of roses. Michael is also a member of the RHS Woody Plant Committee.

 6.30pm £10 per person
Coffee and biscuits on arrival

Tuesday 17th July 2018: A Day with Jimi Blake

Jimi BlakeWe are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming Jimi Blake of Hunting Brook Gardens, County Wicklow, Ireland.  
JIMI BLAKE trained in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin as a horticulturist and was Head Gardener at Airfield Gardens in Dundrum, Dublin for 10 years.  In the mid 90’s he secured twenty acres and established “Hunting Brook Gardens.”  With a passion for plants, Jimi has created a dynamic and innovative garden with many examples of the fiercely colourful and theatrically beautiful, large-scale planting combinations for which Jimi has become so well known.  Jimi is a modern garden maker with eye for design, an unbound enthusiasm for plants and an ability to push the barriers of gardening creating stunning fluid combinations.  He generously shares his knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors to Hunting Brook but also with participants of his Plantperson course, which he runs over the course of a year in the garden
Jimi will be joining us for the day for two lectures

Morning Lecture
'Hunting Brook Gardens Through The Seasons'
Hunting Brook is one of Ireland's largest private collections of plants and home to many examples of the exquisitely colourful, large-scale planting combinations, for which Jimi Blake has become so well known.  The constant changing palette of plants in Hunting Brook, reflects this very modern garden-maker’s unbounded enthusiasm for creative gardening.  In this talk Jimi will take you on a journey through the seasons at Hunting Brook.  He will share his enthusiasm with you for his evolving woodland plant collection.  Moving into early summer, Jimi will detail the plants he uses to bridge that seasonal gap between late spring and early summer.  He will illustrate how he uses big leaves in a modern fusion of prairie and tropical planting.  Followed then by his endgame, how to extend the seasons by using the very best, longest-flowering perennials.  Throughout this talk Jimi will illustrate how to combine plants in a way that’s both modern and inventive thus ensuring Hunting Brook looks great from early spring until first hard frost. 

Afternoon Lecture
‘A Plantsmens Pick: Exciting, long blooming perennials, sourced form the best nurseries in Europe” 
In his talk, Jimi will take you on a breathtaking journey through the newest and most exciting perennials in his collection in Hunting Brook, and from his travels to other gardens and nurseries. He will share with you how he incorporates these choice perennials into his planting schemes in Hunting Brook. Be prepared for your plant wish list to explode!

Each of the talks can be booked seperately, or for those wishing to join us for the day we are offering a two course lunch.  

£15 per lecture
£40 for two lectures and two course lunch
Coffee and biscuits on arrival

NGS Open Days 2018, in conjunction with Millichope Hall Garens

Sun 18th Feb Snowdrops in the Hall Gardens
Sun 6th May Bluebells in the woods and Violas at the Walled Garden
Sun 14th Oct A celebration of Autumn colour

Please note there is a £5 entrance fee that goes to NGS charities. Light lunches, homemade cakes and refreshments are available in the tearoom. Dogs on leads are welcome, Stout footwear is advisable. More information is available at

Plant Fairs 2018

We will be attending the following plant fairs in 2018:

Sunday 1st-Monday 2nd April Dorothy Clive Plant Fair, North Staffordshire
Saturday 7th-Sunday 8th April Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair, Sussex
Sunday 22nd April Spetchley Plant Fair, Worcestershire
Thu 26th Apr British Red Cross Plant Fair, Newport House, Herefordshire
Fri 27th Apr The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester
Sun 27th May Kingston Bagpuize Plant Fair, Oxfordshire
Friday 22nd-Sunday 24th June West Woodhay Gardener’s Fair, Berkshire
Sun 27th & Mon 28th Aug Dorothy Clive Plant Fair, North Staffordshire



"..thank you both for Sunday. What a fantastic day. It was thoroughly enjoyable and you got the balance of fun and learning, spot on. The food, as ever, was delicious"


"It was excellent – the variety of materials provided..,the tuition was thorough, lively and entertaining..the wonderful chef (chefs) who always provide delicious, sumptuous food for us were as charming and welcoming as ever. Superb venue, beautifully decorated to celebrate the season. A real gem for us in Shropshire"


"What a wonderful day…My overall impression was that I don’t think you could have improved on anything….Excellent value, I have already recommended you to one of my friends."