Herbal and Garden

  • Beekeeping for beginnersSunday 16 February 2020
    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)
  • 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)
  • Alchemy and the chemistry of herbsFriday 18 September 2020
      9.30am-4.30pm The course The rebellion of Paracelsus, a Swiss physician, surgeon and alchemist against the orthodox medicine of the time in 1527, laid open the way for modern chemical medicine to develop. He burned Avicenna’s great Canon of Medicine based on Galen’s teachings in a bid to found his own new system. He supported... (more info)
  • Autumn remediesSaturday 19 September 2020
      9.30am-4.30pm The course Autumn offers a precious, satisfying opportunity to harvest roots, berries and fruits. With these we will be making a variety of remedies and treats for the store cupboard ready to support health and lift the mood when winter arrives. Recipes will range from medicinal wine and liqueur, through cough sweets to... (more info)
  • Anglo-Saxon herbsFriday 8 May 2020
    Saxon house opening October 2016
    9.30am-4.30pm The course The Anglo-Saxons had names for nearly 400 different herbs. Many we are familiar with in our daily life today, others less so. Through some recipes with many ingredients, others requiring charms or prayers, a few involving diet, we will be exploring Anglo-Saxon views on health, sickness and treating a variety of ailments.... (more info)
  • The craft gardenThursday 18 June 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course All gardens, large or small, can provide materials for crafts. Some, such as particular dyes, need to be grown deliberately. A list of useful plants will be featured. Opportunities on the day will be to use elegant leaves such as lemon scented geranium, mints and jasmine for printing on silk or linen... (more info)
  • Herbs in Wartime (WWI and WWII)Wednesday 17 June 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Before 1914 Britain had been mainly dependent on medicinal plants supplied from abroad and were used in mainstream medicine of the day. World War II saw the situation repeated, although the use of herbal drugs was less in hospitals by then. Appeals to grow or wild-gather herbs, important to the war efforts,... (more info)
  • Secrets of the StillroomSaturday 9 May 2020
    Ingredients from tudor stillroom courses
    9.30am-4.30pm The course The hub of large houses over the centuries, from Tudor to late Georgian, was the stillroom. This day seeks to give a fragrant experience of the tastes, scents and textures from the stillroom across the centuries. The tutor Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is now a retired qualified medical herbalist with a... (more info)
  • Herbs for healthSunday 10 May 2020
    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)