Gardening: One Day Introductory Courses


Gardening: One Day Introductory Courses – aimed at the novice or improving gardener, run by RHS lecturer Kevin Tooher

2023 Dates: TBC

Time: 10am – 4pm Light lunch included


Booked courses are non-refundable and non-transferable

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Gardening: About the day 

Gardening: One Day Introductory Courses

Our new monthly gardening courses are designed to appeal to both the novice and the improving gardener.  Led by a very experienced horticulture lecturer the sessions are designed to be fun and informative.

Each month we will focus on what to do in the garden that month and well as forward planning for the seasons.  Every session will cover different types of propagation; hands on where appropriate and with you taking away some of the products of your efforts to grow on at home.

Topics covered will vary according to seasonality but each will include coping with pests and pruning tips as well as learning new and exciting plants.

There will be opportunities for gardeners questions plus bring in plant material for identification or diagnosis of ill health (In plastic bags please!).

You can do one or all of the days as there will be new things to learn at each.


About the Instructor:

Kevin Tooher Cert.Ed. Dip.Hort.(RHS) has been a Lecturer in Horticulture for nearly 15 years.

          • 10 years at Hadlow College, Team Leader, delivered RHS courses at 4 sites in Kent and SLondon
  • RHS trials Judge for 6 years
  • Kent Wildlife Trust Judge
  • Teaches RHS at Hever Castle and Coolings
  • Trustee at National Fruit Collection Brogdale near Faversham
  • Lectures at Brogdale
  • Study Leader for American educational company taking garden tours in the UK
  • Chairman of Whitstable Horticultural Society
                • Guest expert on Radio Kent Sunday Gardening programme.
                • Speaker at Garden clubs throughout SE England
                • Member RHS Lily Group, Australasian Plant Society, Alpine
                • Garden Society, British Clematis Society etc
                • And in my spare time, I do gardening!

 What others say…

“Great class, very informative and we learnt a lot. The instructor was clear and very engaging. I would definitely recommend this course. Many thanks for making courses like these available.”

“The course was very informative and also extremely entertaining. The instructor is obviously an expert, and it was a privilege to join his course. He also went out of his way to make himself available for our personal questions and issues. It was a marvellous day” – Noel Ensoll

“An excellent day with a mixture of theory and outdoor practice. The instructor accommodated the varying needs and expertise of the group and dealt patiently and knowledgeably with questions, including those of a novice like me. It was enlightening and encouraging to find you could be bolder with pruning than you might at first have thought! Plenty of coffee and tea; lunch was finger buffet style but perfectly adequate. Staff at the centre were welcoming and friendly. Very good value for money”

“The right balance of theory and practical. Very approachable with all my questions. He got the class to gel immediately with his relaxed and friendly approach. He is an excellent instructor. I learnt heaps! Thank you.” – Karen Kartrieb

For details of Brogdale Collections other short courses click here

Additional information


Jul 23, Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 22, Nov 19

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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