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Holden Clough Nursery

Specialist Growers of Alpines, Heathers, Herbaceous Plants and Shrubs

Order Hotline 01200 447615

Expert advice from Holden Clough Nursery...

Come and join John in the newly developed lecture room for an informative and informal presentation on a wide range of gardening topics.

Each time John will look at something new and help you to succeed in the garden and tackle those problem places.

Courses include:
1 Hour Talk
2 Course Meal

All for just £19.95 per person 

You can book online or by emailing
or call 01200 447447.

Date Details
Tues 7th March 2017

Prune and Propagate your way to Success!!

Ever wondered how to make your own free plants? Or how to rejuvenate that old woody shrub? Well Martin Fish joins us to speak about pruning and propagation techniques, he has over 35 years of gardening experience, starting out as an apprentice gardener, he does talks up and down the country and also writes for some well known gardening magazines alongside some radio work, in this talk he will cover pruning and propagation techniques for a variety of different shrubs and perennials and Martin will bring plant material to give practical demonstrations too.  This is the course for you if you are always unsure whether you should prune your clematis or when is the best time to split your prize winning perennials!! Ideal for all levels of gardeners with Q and A session welcomed afterwards.

Tues 4th April 2017

Glorious Springtime Gardens

Sarah Hopps talks about all things that will make a glorious garden this Springtime. Sarah has been involved in horticulture from a young age and for 15 years  ran her own small nursery specialising in cottage garden plants, she is also a regular panellist on BBC Radio York. Sarah will speak about a variety of shrubs, perennials and bulbs and where and what to plant to ensure vibrant displays to kick off the gardening season this Spring.

Tues 9th May 2017

Blooming Marvellous Bedding Plants

Enjoy Bill Blackledge's talk for some top tips on planting your bedding containers and baskets for the season ahead. Bill is well known for his work on BBC Radio Lancashire and has been answering the regions gardening questions for over 30 years, he also works at several local colleges as a course tutor and does talks and demonstrations around the region. Here he will demonstrate how to plant up your containers and baskets in a practical demonstration and speak of the best fertilisers to use to get show stopping displays in your own gardens as well as other tricks and tips!!

Weds 14th Jun 2017

Willow Weaving Demonstration

Join Gillian Mcdonald and learn how to make your very own Willow woven products, whether it be useful plant supports or maybe something decorative for your garden there is something for everyone. No previous experience required so come along and learn something new!!

Weds 12th July 2017

Feeling Hot Hot Hot!!

Flowers, flowers and more flowers, this talk is by John Foley owner of Holden Cough Nursery and is based on a whole kaleidoscope of different perennials that can be packed into your borders! John has many years of experience and with his garden design knowledge can advise on all things flowery! Whether you have a certain colour scheme or have different types of soil that you never know what will grow in it there will be lots of ideas given in this talk!! The talk will be about live plants and useful tips with how and where to grow will be given throughout. Ideal for any level of gardener and we welcome those niggling garden questions that you've never known the answer to!!

Weds 9th Aug 2017

Creating a Garden To Attract Wildlife

Marguerite Hughs gives you an insight into a whole range of plants that will attract different types of wildlife in the garden, she will bring plant products and flowers to illustrate this wonderful talk. Whether it be shrubs with scented flowers or perennials with attractive colours, there will be plenty of ideas for all!

Weds 20th Sept 2017

The 12 Month Garden

Want to know how to get none stop colour in your garden?? This is the course for you!! John Foley takes you on a plant filled journey through the gardening year, starting with Spring Bulbs, how to bridge the 'green gap' in June, following on through Summer with bags of ideas for your Summer borders, then Autumn follows and is a season not to be missed with the glorious Autumn foliage as well as lots of flowers, the journey ends with the best options to get colour in your garden for the Winter months with evergreen shrubs and even flowers for the coldest part of the year! The ultimate aim is to have colour throughout the year in the garden and this is the course to help you achieve it!!

Weds 11th Oct 2017

Amazing Autumn Flowers and Foliage

Phil Dunnett  has been speaking to Garden Clubs across the country for many years and started his career working for the well known Blooms of Bressingham, in 2003 he set up his own nursery in Preston specialising in a range of different plants from shrubs to perennials and bedding plants to heathers. During this talk Phil focuses on how to get colour in the garden at this time of year with an illustrated talk about live plants brought along from his nursery.

Weds 22nd Nov 2017

Foraging to make Christmas Wreaths and Decorations

Gillian joins us to show you how to make your very own handmade Christmas decorations, all items that Gillian uses are foraged from natural products making this the ideal personal  gift for someone at Christmas or indeed a treat for yourself as well as learning a new skill at the same time! You will be shown how to make traditional Christmas wreaths as well as unique table decorations to wow your friends and family!


All of the courses are followed by a Question and Answers session where you can find all the answers to those troubling garden niggles!

You can book online or email or call 01200 447447.



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