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More details - Empingham Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
4 very different gardens in a lovely village. Park and start your visit at Prebendal House, next door to the Church. 4 acres surround the house (not open), built in 1688 as a summer palace for the Bishop of Lincoln. Incl are extensive herbaceous borders, topiary and a sunken water garden.
Empingham Gardens, Empingham
Sun 24 Jun

More details - Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Raindrops on Roses’
Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or have been painting for a while, you can sit up close and watch a detailed demonstration before then having a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout the day.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 28 Jun

More details - Roses Day with Stuart Dixon
This is a special day of informal walks and talks hosted by writer, broadcaster and rose fan Stuart Dixon. So if you’re looking for a particular variety or just love roses, join Stuart to tour the Gardens and learn more- there’s no booking necessary and you’re welcome to join him for as long as you like.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Garden iPhoneography
Join our award-winning botanical, garden and landscape lensman Hemant Jariwala and learn to take great garden photos with your smartphone. You’ll begin by getting to grips with smartphone technology, from its limitations to its numerous advantages.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Redhill Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
Still evolving bold contemporary design with formal lawns, grass amphitheatre and turf viewing mound, herbaceous borders and cutting garden. Praire style planting showing vibrant colour in late summer.
Redhill Lodge, Oakham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Love Your Garden Bugs
Ever wondered exactly what some of those beasties are as you work in the garden? Sally Cunningham’s course is an introduction to garden pests and predators, and the others which simply live in your garden minding their own business.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 4 Jul

More details - Sunday Afternoon Music For All Tastes
Come along and enjoy 2 hours of Show Tunes, Film Themes, Big Band, Classical, Ballads, Orchestral, Jazz and Popular Easy Listening Favourites played by top professional artistes on electronic keyboard orchestra instruments. Free light refreshments during the 30 minute interval.
Market Overton Village Hall, 52 Main Street
Sun 8 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Hardy Plants Day
Come and meet members of the local Hardy Plant Society to find out all you need to know about caring for and growing the plants that love our climate.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 8 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Medieval Garden History Day
Meet our horticultural historian and find out what our ancestors grew for food and medicine.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 15 Jul

More details - Growing Veg Indoors and Out
Are you a virgin veg grower? Want to learn which seedlings are weeds and what’s a plant, or are you nervous about taking on more than you can dig? Join Sally Cunningham to find out how to start growing vegetables- even if your garden is small or non-existent.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 18 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Family Nature Trail
Bring the children for a backyard safari around Barnsdale, to look for some of the creatures you might find there and see what they’re doing. Try pond dipping, bird-spotting and bug hunting, or make an insect home.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 22 Jul

More details - Watercolour Painting: 'Hemerocallis'
Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while, you’ll have a chance to sit up close and watch a detailed demonstration and then have a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout...
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 26 Jul

More details - Summer Sundays: Grow and Discover
Families of all ages can join garden designer Chris Allen to learn some amazing facts about what goes on in your garden.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 29 Jul

More details - Photography Workshop: ‘Garden Landscapes’
Learn how to really capture the essence of your favourite special places with award-winning botanical and garden photographer Hemant Jariwala.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sat 4 Aug

More details - Summer Sundays: Croquet and Pimm’s on the Lawn
Come and try this most English of games in the delightful setting of Barnsdale’s glorious gardens, and treat yourself to a chilled glass of Pimms’ for a spot of genteel refreshment!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 5 Aug

More details - Antiques in the County 2 day Show
Guildhall Fairs returns to Rutland for their annual: Antiques in the County Major 2 day Antiques and Collectors show This huge event includes hundreds of traders in the Rutland Suite, Shopping Arcades, Marquee and substantial outdoor arena.
Rutland County Showground, Oakham
Sat 11 Aug and Sun 12 Aug

More details - Summer Sundays: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Come for a fun family day full of activities to help you find out more about the insect pals and pests in your back yard. Meet local beekeeper Stuart Taylor who supplies the Barnsdale Gardens gift shop- you’ll be able to get a close-up look at a frame of live honeybees and find out how his delicious honey is made.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 12 Aug

More details - Gardening in Shade
Discover a range of plants that are perfect for the shady areas in your garden and clever ways to improve growing conditions and broaden your scope for planting.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Mon 13 Aug

More details - Summer Vegetable Weekend
If you love growing your own food then Barnsdale is the place to be this weekend. We’ll be opening up the productive areas that are normally off-limits to visitors, and our veggie expert will be available to advise you on your own production and chat about her favourite subject!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sat 18 Aug and Sun 19 Aug

More details - Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Potting Shed’
Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while, you’ll have a chance to sit up close and watch a detailed demonstration and then have a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout the...
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 23 Aug

More details - Garden iPhoneography
Join our award-winning botanical, garden and landscape lensman Hemant Jariwala and learn to take great garden photos with your smartphone. You’ll begin by getting to grips with smartphone technology, from its limitations to its numerous advantages.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 26 Aug

More details - Summer Sundays: Plant Lovers’ Day with Matt Biggs
A special day of informal walks and talks hosted by Radio 4’s Matthew Biggs. Matt will be touring the Gardens to discover the interesting species that you might otherwise miss, and you are welcome to join him for as long as you like.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 26 Aug

More details - Preparing Your Garden for Winter
In these days of global warming and changing weather patterns, the term ‘putting your garden to bed for winter’ no longer really applies, but there are still plenty of jobs that need to be carried out before the cold weather really kicks in.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Tue 18 Sep

More details - Composting
Being able to compost all that free material that we generate at home and in the garden is an exciting thought. This course will show you how! Nick Hamilton takes a look at what can and cannot be composted, the requirements of a compost heap, activators, turning a heap and the pros and cons of each type of compost bin.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 19 Sep

More details - Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Sunlight Through Trees’
Join local artist Sandra Peck for another really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day, painting this lovely scene of light amongst the trees in the Avenue, on the approach to Barnsdale.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 20 Sep

More details - Rose Pruning
Roses are notorious for being tricky to trim so if you’re petrified of pruning, we’ve got just the course for you!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 27 Sep

More details - Introduction to Organic Vegetable Growing
Led by Nick Hamilton, this course is aimed at both gardening novices and those who want to find out more about growing and ‘pest-proofing’ their vegetables the natural way.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Mon 1 Oct

More details - Autumn at Barnsdale: Breakfast and Guided Walk
Top up your energy reserves with a Barnsdale Full English Breakfast before setting off at 10.30am on a very special guided tour of Barnsdale Gardens with Nick Hamilton at this colourful time of year.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 3 Oct

More details - Uppingham October Festival
We are delighted to add Uppingham to our 2018 calendar with an October Festival, in the centre of town on the market place. Food, music, beer and cider festival together with some special seasonal activities and entertainments all contribute to this Autumnal celebration.
The Market Place
Sat 6 Oct and Sun 7 Oct

More details - Garden Design Workshop
While many of us are more than competent to design and decorate our homes the ideas can often dry up as soon as we move outside. Just where is the best place for a patio or path, the shed, greenhouse or arbour? And of course the whole question of choosing and using plants taxes many of us!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sat 6 Oct

More details - Autumn Birdwatch
Meet expert spotters and take a special tour of the Gardens with local naturalist Phil Rudkin. You can chat with our clever makers of bird boxes and bug hotels or make a simple bird feeder yourself to take home.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 7 Oct

More details - Willow Trug Workshop
Grab your secateurs and join country craftsman John Shone to learn the art of basket weaving and create a beautiful garden trug to take home.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 10 Oct

More details - Pruning Shrubs
If the thought of pruning your shrubs brings you out in a cold sweat, then this is the course for you! Join Barnsdale’s Head Gardener Jon Brocklebank as he tackles plants in the various pruning groups in two hours of easy-to-follow practical demonstrations.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 10 Oct

More details - Vegetables All the Year Round
Aimed at both experienced and novice growers, Nick Hamilton’s course will show you the many ways you can extend your growing season; learn all about different vegetable varieties, propagation by seed, growing in beds, storage, and the importance of catch crops.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 17 Oct

More details - The Fruitful Garden
If it’s a blasted heath or a sunny cliff top, an urban pocket handkerchief or just a tiny patio, whatever the size and site of your garden there’s a fruit that will love growing there.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 18 Oct

More details - Planting Design Workshop
If your garden is not achieving everything you envisaged and you’re unsure what to do, then join internationally renowned garden designer David Stevens for this very special workshop.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sat 20 Oct

More details - Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Clematis’
Join local artist Sandra Peck for another really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while, you’ll have a chance to sit up close and watch a detailed demonstration and then have a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout...
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Thu 25 Oct

More details - Barnsdale’s Scary Spooktacular
Come for a walk in the Weird Woods where you can take part in a spot of spooky apple bobbing and carve your own petrifying pumpkin to take home- it’s frightening fun for all the family, and kids in costume visit free!
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Sun 28 Oct

More details - Plant Propagation
Lots of plants can be had for free by swapping cuttings with friends and family, or propagating your own. If you’re new to all this, or just want to learn more, then join Nick Hamilton to find out all about the different methods of stem, root and leaf cutting, division and layering.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham
Wed 31 Oct

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