Courses and Events

An abundance of new experiences to indulge in

Current Measures

All our events and courses are currently under review and will be postponed until further notice. If you have any further enquiries, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Creative Maintenance Courses With Guy Watts

Course Levels 1&2

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.

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

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.

And they’re off!
Level 1 – Guy & Linda take questions
Level 2 – Bamboo stem lifting

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.

Availability

Level 1 (Beginners): SOLD OUT
Date TBC, 10am-4pm at Pulborough site
Level 2 (Experienced & Trade): SOLD OUT
Date TBC, 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 & Clipping Course With Guy Watts

We also host a specialist Niwaki training and Clipping CourseYou will learn how to create, train and maintain a Niwaki.

At Architectural Plants, we’ve been growing, training and planting our own Niwaki for over 20 years. We have our own style and we work with three plants; Myrtus apiculataPhillyrea 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 it’s 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

10:15am:
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:
Lunch.
2:00pm – 3:45pm:
Clipping and aftercare of a finished Niwaki.
3:45pm:
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.

Training Phillyrea latifolia
The Niwaki Production Zone

Availability

Niwaki Spring:
Date TBC, 10:15am – 4:00pm
Niwaki Autumn:
Date TBC, 10:15am – 4:00pm

175.00 GBP, including a slap-up lunch 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.

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 01798 879 213 to discuss your requirements.

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

Our Seasonal Events

Christmas Farmers & Makers Fair

Each year we make room to hold our Winter Fair, clearing 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 [email protected]. Find your application form here. Please be aware that your application does not guarantee you a space and payment is due after your application is successful.

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

Next Fair Date TBC

Evening Sessions

Spend the evening under the palms at one of our late-night sessions.

The sessions are free and run from 5pm until 8pm and will take place in the spans in the summer and inside the cafe in the colder months.

We also supply our finest selection of drinks, local food and nibbles to keep you going throughout the evening, all available from the cafe.

Each session runs on the last Thursday of the month and is a chance to spend the night relaxing into the sunset.

Session Dates TBC