IN 2022 WE HAVE RESTARTED OPEN DAYS FOR LARGER GROUPS, INITIALLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. WHEN WE CAN SEE HOW THINGS HAVE SETTLED DOWN UNDER CURRENT GOVERNMENT RULES WE MAY CONSIDER SEASONAL OPEN DAYS AVAILABLE TO ALL-COMERS.
Garden Cottage Open Days are great fun, very informative, inspiring and very popular.
REFUND GUARANTEED IN CASE OF CANCELLATION. *note: Does not include paypal fees.
FOR INDIVIDUALS: ANY TIME BETWEEN 11 & 4. YOU ARE INVITED TO WALK AROUND THE GARDEN. AND THEN HAVE A CHAT. WE GUARANTEE YOU AT LEAST AN HOUR OF DIRECT COMMUNICATION (IT USUALLY RUNS OVER) AND WE ASK FOR A DONATION. £25 PER PERSON IS NORMAL WE WOULD PREFER A MINIMUM MOF £50 FOR A SINGLE VISIT. BUT PAYING WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD IS OK.
Proceeds from the event are shared with Abundant Borders- a charity established to fight food poverty in our own region: http://abundantborders.org.uk.
Children are always welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult in whose care they remain. When there is sufficient demand we may make some specific children’s sessions. Dogs are not allowed in the garden (except guide dogs).
We are updating the website so if booking is not available online yet just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+44) 01890 88 2448.
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In addition, we always try to accommodate interested groups by arrangement. Indeed over three hundred people took up that offer last year. In recent years these included Edinburgh University Plant Sciences Class, James Chapman and Lusi Alderslowe’s PDC Groups from Edinburgh & Dumfries & Galloway respectively, and a touring group from International Permaculture Convergence in London, the UK Urban Orchards Network and urban gardening groups from Glasgow Newcastle and Edinburgh, Borders Organic Gardeners, University of the 3rd Age and other local school and gardening groups. To make a private booking, please click here. We regularly get people from as far away as New Zealand and Australia, Brazil, Canada, USA, and South Korea. So just up the road is even more important to us. We also give talks at other venues by arrangement.
And of course there are other opportunities to come on specialist courses.
What a few of hundreds of appreciative people have said after visiting:
We all really enjoyed our day, and your garden is amazing.
I have taken one of your nursery catalogues and I am interested in purchasing a few plants…
Thanks I did enjoy the day out- learned lots –especially about pruning- will look out for the dates for the pruning courses for a bit more confidence!!
Lovely to meet you & some of your family as well as the others visiting.
Karen wrote: “Fantastic day at Red Shed Nursery yesterday with Graham Bell and Nancy sharing their expertise in their fabulous forest garden. And today being blown about on the beach outside Berwick. I’ll have to do some proper work sometime :0)”
Just to say many thanks to yourself, Nancy and the lovely volunteers, for kindly sharing your garden & experience with the group today. It was great to see an established forest garden – a rarity in Scotland. It was also good to meet other interesting folk, and hear about their projects. I think everyone will have left with lots of ideas & renewed enthusiasm, best wishes.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Nancy for welcoming me on your open day a few weeks ago.
Our own garden plans are still evolving and seeing yours was really inspirational.
Many thanks again,
Dear Graham & Nancy, Thanks to you both for a great time. I have had a chance to wander in a pine/oak/honeysuckle wood today but couldn’t find much to eat! Bring back wild boar? I have begun the books and have enjoyed both first chapters immensely .. Merle
Graham and Nancy
Thank you so much for the open day on Saturday and the lunch. Jo and I were amazed with what you have achieved.
Dear Graham & Nancy
A huge thank you to you both for an excellent day visiting your garden. You had put together a programme that gave us all so many opportunities to learn from you both and from each other. It was great and a very worthwhile day. And the food was great too.If you saw us sitting in the car after we left, it was because we were having a big Duck Discussion !! We are really keen to get ducks, but despite the temptation to see if we could have taken some ducks with us, we realised that we really need to do some preparation for them.
Bill & Catherine Wilson
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Angus Soutar has pointed me to your open days. Can I book myself and my wife in to both the open days this year please?
Thanks a lot,
Graham, I wish to attend the 10.10.2015 Open Day. I’ll be travelling over from Cumbria with one guest Jenni (who is travelling up to Carlisle from Lancaster by train – arr. Carlisle at 9am) and one black lab. “Holly” (next dor neighbours do whom I am looking after that weekend. Hope to arrive at yours by around 11am and we intend booking dog-friendly b & b in Coldstream so that we can stay overnight and have a long walk around the Coldstream countryside on Sunday. Love and big hugs. Alan
May I provisionally reserve 3 adults & 1 child for the Open Day on 1st May.
I note the date is yet to be confirmed.
It nis now confirmed for 1st May Anne, and your booking is in the diary. To book formally go here.
I’d like to attend the July open day, please can you out my name down.
You’d be very welcome Andrew. You can book yourself in here.
Could i be booked in x2 for the open day on the 1st of May? many thanks
Of course – you can book yourself and friend in here