Cutting Garden Course:

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Level: Beginners and those with some gardening experience

Duration: 2 days

Dates: 10-11 Mar; 24-25 Mar; 07-08 Apr 2014

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– Cutting garden course over 2 days

– Cutting garden plans, plant selection, planting, growing how-to and cutting tips

– All tools and equipment provided

– Light lunch, tea/coffee/juice/water, fruit and tray bakes included

– Covers basic gardening skills including planning, preparing, building and maintaining a cutting garden

– Take home your cutting garden design and plant list at the end of the course

Course description:

Course goers will learn how to create their very own cutting garden during this 2-day course. They will cover basic garden design, plant selection, preparation, planting and flower management as well as learn tips on how to maximise the productivity of their cutting garden. After the course they will be able to grow beautiful flowers and foliage that can be harvested for arrangements around the home or as gifts for friends and family.

Step-by-step instructions will enable participants to feel confident about choosing a location for their cutting garden, selecting plants, creating the right environment for planting, selecting the right tools, maintaining moisture levels, maintaining beds, as well as harvesting blooms and foliage.

Topics covered:

– Selecting plants

– Choosing the right spot

– Sketching out the area

– Planting seeds or taking cuttings

– Buying plants

– Preparing the ground

– Planting

– Maintenance

– Harvesting

– Encouraging more blooms


The course is taught in a dedicated barn at Le Manoir Saint Gervais as well as out in the cutting garden. Participants have the use of various tools and equipment. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day in The Study.

This course is for beginners and gardeners with some experience (even if you don’t know all the Latin names!). Basic gardening skills will be covered up front so that newcomers can progress quickly. If you are an experienced gardener you will benefit from learning a structured approach to establishing a cutting garden from your experienced tutor.

Your course tutor will contact you in advance to understand what you hope to gain from the course and to establish the size of your desired cutting garden.

About us:

Le Manoir Saint Gervais is a haven for all things vintage/crafty/homely. The team runs workshops, courses and masterclasses  throughout the year for individuals wanting to learn new skills while staying at a boutique B&B, or for expats and their visitors staying locally. We also create bespoke ‘crafty getaways’ for groups wishing to hire the whole house.

Who attends courses at Le Manoir Saint Gervais?

–  Independent visitors to France wishing to explore the local area, learn new skills and meet new people while staying in quality accommodation

– Family groups or groups of friends celebrating a birthday or hen party and looking for activities that everyone can do together whatever their age or ability while staying in quality accommodation

– Groups looking to increase their skills while staying in quality accommodation

– Individual visitors staying locally with friends or family and wanting to learn new skills

– Expats and French nationals living locally wishing to learn new skills and meet new people

Note: partners, family and friends of course goers are welcome to stay at the house and enjoy the local area and what it has to offer.

Please visit our gallery and scroll through photos from recent courses.

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