Welcome to THE GARDEN STATION’s 2009 Course Calendar
Below you will find a whole range of wonderful courses and events, designed to give you an opportunity to love the place you are in, to learn, and to create. Now is a hugely positive time for people who believe money is our tool not our master. You’ll find that the teacher of our 2009 courses is truly Mother Earth, and that we echo the nifty thrifty fifties in our response to ‘recession’! Course times: All day courses run from 10.45 to 4.30 unless otherwise stated. This new timing is to coincide with the bus times from and to Hexham, and is part of our commitment to environmental responsibility. For full details and enquiries, please visit www.thegardenstation.co.uk or give us a ring on 01434 684391
Our Courses Keeping Hens with Katie Jackson & Richard Wright Tuesday 3rd March Keeping a few hens for their eggs can be hugely enjoyable & surprisingly easy. How to prepare for & look after yours. Watercolour Painting: Getting Started & Loosening Up with Rosie Villiers-Stuart Wednesday 4th March Beginner in watercolour or a bit rusty? Rosie will help you develop confidence to complete a picture. A Brief History of Vegetables with Marie Addyman Thursday 5th March Heritage vegetables are all the rage - fascinating history told with spirit, and at the end you can buy or swap seeds. The Spirit of Garden Design with Marc Perry Tuesday 10th March Ecology in your garden depends on recognising the essence of the place. Know & nurture your ‘genius’. Allotments & Community Gardens with Simon Cross Thursday 12th March How to get the best from your allotment & its community. Drawing & Discovering with Rosie Villiers-Stuart Wednesday 18th March In drawing we connect closely with what we see: focus on expressive drawing and investigate our environment. Vegetable Growing with Sue Hick Thursday 19th March Discover the joy of growing your own organic vegetables: from seed to harvest – so satisfying!
Basket Making with Ruth Thompson Wednesday 25th March Make a simple & attractive basket out of locally-grown willow and other colourful materials. Renga Poetry with Linda France Thursday 26th March 10 - 5 Spend a day at The Garden Station writing a poem with others three lines at a time. All abilities welcome. With Queen’s Hall Arts: ring 01434 652 477 to book. Propagation with Sue Hick Wednesday 1st April All kinds of good ways to propagate, led by Sue, a grower who has taught organic gardening for many years. Feeding your Garden with Jill Schnabel Thursday 2nd April Befriend your micro-organisms! Explore the practicalities of compost-making & learn the essentials of vital healthy soil. Acrylics and Oils with Peter Flanagan Thursday 16th April Join Peter to sketch in our garden and return to the Station to make the most of your acrylics or oils. Hooky & Proggy Flowers with Liz Treadway and Caroline Mann Tuesday 21st April Learn the craft of hooky & proggy and create your own flower garden using different materials and fabrics. Watercolour: How to take risks but still stay mostly in control, with Rosie Villiers-Stuart Wednesday 22nd April Wet-in-wet techniques and projects to encourage joyful experimentation without losing coherence and clarity. Photography with Iain Duncan Tuesday 28th April No need for a fancy camera: concentrate on pattern, design, colour and texture and take great photos! Drawing Nature & Architecture at The Garden Station with Lionel Playford Wednesday 29th April We have a great outdoor space: draw your inspiration! Gardening for Wildlife with Sue Hick Thursday 30th April Your garden can be home to wonderful and beneficial species. Learn to nurture them with an organic expert.
The Plants Beneath the Trees with Jane Torday Wednesday 10th June, 1p.m. – 4.30p.m. Jane, founder of The Garden Station, offers a tour of our Woodland Garden and a talk about its planting and design. To book, ring RHS on 0845 6121253 and quote ref 5898. Permaculture Design with Wilf Richards Tuesday 8th September Wilf of North East Permaculture Network shows how nature can be your teacher in your garden design. Everyday floristry with Anne Boulton Wednesday 9th September Develop your confidence in making floral decorations. Renga Poetry with Linda France Thursday 10th September (See 26th March for details) Sun Prints with Caroline Mann and Cheryl Jackson Tuesday 15th September Use daylight plus natural and found objects to create wonderful images in the original ‘blueprint’ – on fabric. Watercolour Painting: Pushing the boundaries with special effects with Rosie Villiers-Stuart Wednesday 16th September Spatter, scratch, blot! A day to experiment with new techniques and devices to enrich your watercolours. Green your Eats with Mike Winstanley Thursday 17th September If we all ate a ‘Western’ diet we’d need several earths to feed us. Find out how to save the earth with a healthy diet. History of Planet Earth in a Day with Marc Perry Tuesday 22nd September Fear not! Take a journey through time and put things in perspective. A mind-boggling and interactive day. Willow hens and cockerels with Phil Bradley Thursday 24th September Make a bit of a farmyard of poultry - all out of willow. An Introduction to Batik with Pete Winstanley Saturday 26th September The ancient craft of wax-resist dying is alive & well! Making Arty Journals with Katie Jackson Wednesday 30th September Make your own journal, notebook or diary from recycled materials. Simple and brilliant.
Beginning Calligraphy with Chris Bowen Thursday 1st October Chris, a superb calligrapher himself, will introduce you to the italic hand. Discover writing as a visual art. Photography with Iain Duncan Wednesday 7th October No need for a fancy camera: concentrate on pattern, design, colour and texture and take great photos! Meditation in Nature with Chris Blain Thursday 8th October Exploring, in the Station and the Garden, ways of connecting more deeply with nature and with ourselves. Mushrooms with Gordon Beakes Saturday 10th October An introduction to identifying mushrooms and a fungus forage in the woods. Book early: this is always popular! Heavenly Bodies with Phil Bradley Tuesday 13th October Stars and spheres from willow: take a look, Galileo! Watercolour Painting: Tackling Still Life and Flowers with Rosie Villiers-Stuart Wednesday 14th October This course will give you confidence create exciting and satisfying paintings out of a response to simple things. Peg Loom Weaving with Caroline Mann Saturday 17th October Start collecting scraps and balls of wool now! Acrylics and Oils with Peter Flanagan Tuesday 20th October Join Peter to sketch in our garden and return to the Station to make the most of your acrylics or oils. Paper Making with Katie Jackson Wednesday 21st October Make gorgeous textured paper out of recycled materials. Apples with Simon Cross Thursday 22nd October All about apples: varieties, growing and keeping. Cooking with Felt with Katie Jackson and Mike Winstanley: two courses in tandem! Friday 23rd October 6 – 8.30, followed by a meal Up to five pairs: one half cooking, the other crafting. Then get together to eat the food and admire the crafts!
Gluten-free cooking with Mike Winstanley Tuesday 3rd November A practical day using natural ingredients & easy techniques. Willow Deer with Phil Bradley Saturday 7th November Create a striking and graceful deer sculpture out of willow. Bling your clothes with Katie Jackson Tuesday 10th November A restyle, major surgery or just a change of buttons: this is nifty, thrifty eco-chic and you’ll love it. Improvise without all the Jazz, with Ben Monypenny Thursday 19th November Learn to improvise on any melody instrument. Suitable for intermediate musicians. Making Fab Felt Scarves with Katie Jackson Wednesday 25th November Make your winter scarf from merino wool fibre. Inventive, vibrant and colourful. Hark the Willow Angels with Phil Bradley Tuesday 1st December It’s getting towards the angel season again! A very popular day making graceful willow angels. Nice Stuff from Junk with Katie Jackson Tuesday 8th December Don’t shop for junk this festive season; use what you have to make delightful gifts.
Baking Courses (Can also be arranged especially for your group) Daily Bread with Mike Winstanley 9th April, 19th May, 24th June, 27th October Enjoy the simple pleasure of making healthy, organic, real and tasty bread, using a sourdough. More Breads with Mike Winstanley 10th May, 8th July, 25th August ‘Getting the dough drunk', bread with non-wheat grains, and other enjoyable bread techniques.
Family Events and Courses For children and their grown-ups Easter Fun with Katie Jackson Wednesday 8th April 1.30 – 4.30p.m. An eggstraordinary afternoon of Easter creativity, from decorative eggs to pop-up Easter cards. Nature into Art with Art4 Saturday 1st August 10.45a.m. – 4.30p.m. An inventive drop-in day with our art tour artists: activities based on the garden. Honesty payment. Easy Print-making with Jo Westgate Tuesday 11th August 1.30 – 4.30p.m. Begin with drawings of natural objects around The Garden Station and move on to easy printing. The Story of the Soil with Marc Perry Friday 21st August 1.30 – 4.30p.m. Where does soil come from? What lives in it and how do we look after it? Be prepared to get mucky! North Pennines Storytelling Festival Sunday 18th October 2 – 5p.m. A great family day at the Garden Station. In association with Queen's Hall Arts, Hexham. Booking 01434 652477 or just pay on the day.
Prices and discounts All full day courses, including organic & fair-trade tea/coffee on arrival, full home-made lunch & tea/coffee & homemade cake in the afternoon: *£48 full price Family course prices, including refreshments: Child £18 Adult £22 (discounts available: see below) Three brilliant discounts are available: 1. SAVE THE PLANET Arrive by bike, on foot or by bus save 10%: *£43.20 Share a lift in a car save 5%: *£45.60 2. BOOK A READ OR PICK A PIC ALL non-food purchases (books, art, plants, etc.) you make on the day of your course will attract 10% off 3. A THIRD OFF A FOURTH Once you have booked three day courses you can have a voucher for a 33% discount off a fourth** – only *£36 *full day course prices
** all four must be attended by the same person; terms and conditions apply
Enquiries for group visits, parties and bespoke courses are always welcome. Please contact us. The Garden Station, Langley on Tyne, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 5LA 01434 684391 email@example.com www.thegardenstation.co.uk