Herbal and Garden

  • Beekeeping for beginnersSunday 11 February 2018
    10.30am-4.30pm The course On this introductory day, you will have the opportunity to learn about types of bees and how they live and bee friendly flowers. You will see different types of beehives and their component parts and discuss where you can (and can’t) keep bees. There will be an introduction to honey bee management... (more info)
  • Seeds of good healthFriday 18 May 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course The seed contains the potential of the whole plant. Some herbalists believe that the potency of new life in seeds makes them the most valuable plant part to be given as medicine. Seeds may eb chewed whole, ground into powder, decocted for medicinal drinks or applied to the body in ointments. We... (more info)
  • Herbal Self-Care: DigestionSaturday 14 April 2018
    11am-4pm The course During this day we will cover the topics of how digestion works, understanding common digestive problems, plant actions, how to identifying parsley (and/or cabbage) plant family, food and herb knowhow kit, remedy making: grain/pulse dish and more. The tutor Alex Laird is a medical herbalist and set up the first herbal clinic in... (more info)
  • Woodland herbsSunday 20 May 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A walk in wild woodland reveals not only herbs in the undergrowth but also herbal trees. This day will equip you not only to find first aid by the wayside, but also to gather ingredients for pleasant, health-giving teas. Along the way you will also identify powerful herbs now grown as flowers... (more info)
  • Celtic herbsSaturday 19 May 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm... (more info)
  • Herbs for healthFriday 24 August 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course The origins of the herbaceous border lie in growing herbs for home remedies in the past.  Led by a medical herbalist, the course offers guidance on the most safe and useful herbs to grow and how to harvest and use or preserve them.  A practical day ensures careful identification instruction on the... (more info)
  • Herbs for daily lifeSaturday 25th August 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A day for the beginner who wishes to know how to introduce herbs into their daily life effectively. Also a day for those who have attended historical herb courses previously and would like a deeper focus on methods. It will cover herbs in cookery, home medicine, making fragrances and wines and liqueurs.... (more info)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course Using simple natural ingredients, learn how to make cosmetics including the tutor’s award-winning honey soap, beeswax moisture cream and a healing ointment. You will go home with recipe sheets and the products you have made. The tutor Dr Sara Robb is an award-winning scientist, professional speaker, author and managing director of her... (more info)
  • Arabic influence HerbsSunday 26 August 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Arabia supplied the precious spices and aromatic gums used in western medicine. However the Arabic influence on medical training and in particular the practice of the apothecary, was so much greater than sourcing drugs. We will be looking at contacts with the East from the pilgrimage of Alfred the Great to Jerusalem... (more info)
  • The origin of plantsThursday 14 June 2018
    10am-4.30pm The course Find out about to introduction of plants from Charlemagne’s time through the era of John Evelyn and Linnaeus up to the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. A lecture-based day with visits to the Museum gardens. The tutor Maggie Campbell-Culver is a garden and plant... (more info)
  • Garden History in 10 Objects   Friday 19 October 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A one day ‘taster’ interactive course to explore the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll  investigate them in context to show how the styles and fashions change. There will an... (more info)
  • 11am-4pm The course In this day we will explore the following topics: how our nerves and hormones function, understanding insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and headaches, plant actions, identifying the bean family food and herb knowhow kit and make remedies including an essential oils bath and pillow tincture The tutor Alex Laird is a medical herbalist and... (more info)