creative maintenance course
with guy watts

In response to popular demand, we will now be hosting two different levels of our creative maintenance course.

The Level 1 course will suit beginners and less experienced home gardeners. You'll practise skills on potted plants on hard standing around the nursery at our site in Pulborough. The Level 2 course is suited to those who have a bit more experience or are already working in the industry. This course will take place at the first home of Architectural Plants in Nuthurst, and you'll be working in the garden on established plants. After the course, you'll have time to make your way to the nursery, where you can get 10% off plants and tools, provided you purchase them on the day of the course. Feel free to give the team a call if you are unsure at which level you should begin.

During the full-day course, Guy Watts, our Managing Director, will share some horticultural tricks of the trade. You'll learn how to strip Trachycarpus, raise Bamboo, clip Cupressus, use a blow torch to manicure Cordylines, and lots more. You'll also learn the delicate art of Niwaki pruning, so will have plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty and give everything a go under expert guidance and tuition.

We'll also provide a slap-up lunch, complete with wine, to set you up for the busy afternoon. You'll leave with a host of new skills to try out in your own garden or take back to work with you.

See a video of one of our Level 2 courses here.

Level 1 (Beginners):
26th March 2020, 10am-4pm at Pulborough site
Level 2 (Experienced & Trade):
23rd April 2020, 10am-4pm at Nuthurst site
150.00 GBP, including lunch, wine and refreshments. Places are limited to 10 people. Please call 01798 879213 to book.

We also offer private creative maintenance courses for companies throughout the year. Perfect for group training or team building, we can accommodate groups of up to 10 people. Call us on 01798 879213 to discuss your requirements and get a quote.

All courses are non-refundable. Booking is not confirmed until Architectural Plants has received payment.

Niwaki training and clipping course with guy watts

On the 9th April and 17th September 2020 we will be hosting a specialist Niwaki training and Clipping Course. You will learn how to create, train and maintain a Niwaki.

Architectural Plants have been growing, training and planting their own Niwaki for over 20 years. We
have our own style and we work with three plants; Myrtus apiculata, Phillyrea latifolia and Quercus ilex. These are all grown by us from
seed or cuttings. It's a long process that requires skill and patience, but is very rewarding.

The day course suits all levels. Tuition will be provided by owner, Guy Watts, and our in-house clipper
and Niwaki expert, Linda Adames.

The Course outline is as follows:
Registration and coffee.
10:30am - 11:30am:
A short introduction and a tour of the nursery to discover the different styles we grow and sell.
11:30am - 1:00pm:
Tool choice and tool care. Then learn to train your own Niwaki from one of our juvenile trees. These can be
purchased after the course at a reduced price.
1:00pm - 2:00pm:
2:30pm - 3:45pm:
Clipping and aftercare of a finished Niwaki.
Coffee, debrief and questions.

On the day of the course you'll get 10% off any plants or tools you buy and take away with you, so feel free to have a wander around the nursery afterwards.

We also provide a slap-up lunch with wine to set you up for the busy afternoon. You'll
leave with a host of new specific skills to try out in your own garden or take back to work with you.

Niwaki Spring:
9th April 2020, 10:15am - 4:00pm
Niwaki Autumn:
17th September 2020, 10:15am - 4:00pm

We also offer private Niwaki courses for companies throughout the year. Perfect for group training or
team building, we can accommodate groups of up to 10 people. Call us on 10798 879 213 to discuss
your requirements.


Architectural Plants will be hosting its next fair in time for Christmas 2020. And this year, it'll be bigger. We're clearing more space to accommodate up to 80 unique stalls. See a video of one of our fairs here.

As always, it's a celebration of local produce, and gifts for the home and garden. We'll have breweries, distilleries, farmers, co-operatives, potters, artists, metal and wood workers, seamstresses, chocolatiers, knitters, jewellers and more - all set within our 32-acre nursery grounds. All of your Christmas gifts in one place, and all from Sussex and the surrounding area.

There will also be live music, and enough hot food and drink to keep you shopping for hours. For stall enquiries, please email The deadline for stallholder applications is Friday 6th November 2020.

10am - 4pm
Free entry and free parking next door at Brinsbury College, with a complimentary shuttle bus running throughout the day.

Autumn 2020 - DATE TBC

We host yearly Niwaki pruning courses at our nursery in Pulborough.

You'll spend the day learning from Jake Hobson, founder of the Niwaki company and a leading expert in European and Japanese topiary. There will be a blend of practical and theoretical learning, with the opportunity to create your own Niwaki using our home-grown Myrtus apiculata or Phillyrea latifolia.

Jake enjoys spending time with each attendee and therefore places are limited to 12 people. The course runs from 11.00am-4.00pm and lunch and refreshments will be provided. You will also receive a 10% discount off plants and tools on the day.

Lunch and refreshments included.

To book, please email or call us on 01798 879213.

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