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Autumn Gardening Course

This article was published in October 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Luton HooGuiding you through the autumn towards a successful spring with Joan Scanlon, Town Gardens Danny Snapes, Head Gardener, Fenton House, Hampstead Theo Chapman, Propagation, Wakehurst Place, W. Sussex

Every Friday at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden 21st October - 25th November 10am - 1pm

21st October - Ornamental gardening; principles of garden and planting design - this session will focus on extending the growing season, looking at autumn and winter flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants

28th October - Bulb planting; planning for year-round flowering - an introduction to bulbs, corms and tubers, with examples of each, and their potential for year round flowering interest.

4th November* - Making compost and mulching - the importance of soil improvement, and techniques for achieving this; different kinds of compost systems; principles of compost making and practical exercises in mulching.

11th November* - Common pests and diseases and their treatment - identification of the symptoms of common garden problems and methods of dealing with common pests and diseases of garden plants

18th November - The winter fruit and vegetable garden - autumn and winter tasks, looking at what it is possible to grow over winter and key tasks for this season which would develop and improve your vegetable garden/allotment. The practical part of the session will involve pruning the apple trees in the Luton Hoo Walled Garden.

25th November* - Propagation - propagating your own plants at minimal cost, with examples of particular shrubs which can be reproduced fairly easily; how to control the spread of herbaceous plants such as crocosmia, sedum and geraniums. In this session we will look at the principles of propagation, and the best plants to propagate at this season.

25th November - Theo Chapman

(*Denotes extra session for advanced gardeners : 4th & 5th November - Danny Snapes)

£110 for 6 sessions
£50 for 3 sessions
£20 for 1 session

Numbers will be limited, so please reserve your place early

For more information or to book your place on any of the sessions, call 01582 816034.

Luton Hoo Walled Garden
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Gardens on show to raise hospital cash

This article was published in June 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Forget Chelsea.

The only place to be this Sunday is Eaton Bray for an opportunity to look at and discuss all things horticultural.

From the lowly to the grandiose, houses in the area are throwing open their gardens in the first of what the organisers hope will become an annual event.

A total of 11 gardens in the area are up for viewing between midday and 6pm, and their owners will be on hand to answer questions.

The open gardens event which includes a plant sale from 11.30am in Eaton Bray Village Hall, is part of the St Mary's parish project to raise funds for a Ugandan hospital.

There's a chance to tour both St Mary's Churches in Eaton Bray and Edlesborough and enjoy a cup of tea among the foliage in the village hall.

Visitors can either look for signs around the villages to see which gardens are open or pop to Eaton Bray Village Hall for directions. Admission is £3 (accompanied children free).

More information about the parish project can be found on

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 6 June 2006

Open Gardens - 11 June

This article was published in June 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Please come along and support the inaugural village Open Gardens event on the afternoon of Sunday 11 June - 12 to 6pm. Tickets for adults, price £3, will be available from 11.30 on the day from Eaton Bray Village Hall where there will also be parking, refreshments and stalls. Alternatively you can get tickets in advance from Gordon Gray or Sally Taylor or from St Mary's church at 11.15 on Sunday 4 June.

Open GardensTen gardens will be open to the public during the afternoon, six are located within a few hundred yards of St Mary's church; of the remaining four two are on the outskirts of Eaton Bray and two in Northall. In addition, it is hoped that we will have permission from the Parish Council for access to an allotment garden in Edlesborough. The gardens range from small plots to plots of several acres - you will see a range of garden features from traditional herbaceous and perennial borders to more unusual scree gardens, lakes and woodland and the occasional 'secret' garden.

Refreshments, toilets and plant sales are located at the Village Hall but will also be found at some of the gardens you will visit. Wheelchair access is available at most of the gardens. We would be grateful for donations of plants or cakes, brought to the Hall on the day.

A walk and cycle route taking in all ten gardens will be available from the Village Hall during the event. We do hope many of you will take advantage of these to explore the local countryside.

All the money raised by the event will go to St Mary's Parish Project for 2006 - Kagando Hospital in Uganda. No doubt many of you will by now be familiar with Rebecca Baldock's letters in Focus from there. The needs at the hospital are enormous but the intention will be to use money donated to procure intensive care equipment and beds.

Hopefully this event will become an annual event in the village calendar. Do come along and support us and pray for good weather.

For full details, see the Open Gardens pages.

Source: Focus, June 2006