Events and Classes

Discover and Learn

Our events programme compliments the changing seasons, and runs from spring through to the autumn, providing opportunities for everyone to learn new skills, enjoy our wildlife and discover the way to a beautiful garden with great environmental credentials.

Alongside wildlife events organised by our associated charity, the Knoll Gardens Foundation (Reg Charity 1159390), Knoll’s owner Neil Lucas leads regular horticultural walks, talks and masterclasses in the garden. As the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses, Neil can also be found speaking and lecturing across the UK and overseas.

 

April Events

Changing Seasons in the Garden with Neil Lucas

Changing Seasons in the Garden with Neil Lucas

The first of a series of our seasonal garden walks which offer a unique opportunity to spend time with Neil Lucas in the garden. Each individual walk will focus on the garden’s changing seasonal highlights; from spectacular individual plants to mass plantings of Knoll’s acclaimed grasses, and the rare and unusual trees and shrubs that form the backbone of the garden. On route you’ll also find out a little more about Neil’s work at Knoll, his aim to have a flower in bloom on every day of the season, and how he is looking after the garden’s wildlife.

Book several of the walks to experience at first hand the spectacular seasonal changes that take place every year at Knoll, watching grasses grow up from ground level to five or six feet high in a matter of weeks, and enjoying the garden’s annual journey from the first spring shoots of bright greens to the stunning glow of autumn colour.

Book Online

Garden Bee Walk – with Rowena Jecock

Garden Bee Walk – with Rowena Jecock

Do you know a bumblebee from a solitary or honey bee?  Join Knoll Gardens bumblebee surveyor, and chair of the Knoll Gardens Foundation, Rowena Jecock in the beautiful gardens at Knoll to discover more about the fascinating world of bees, learn how to identify some of the species you are most likely to find in your own garden and what you can do to help them thrive.

This is the first of two stand alone walks, the second walk being held on 7th July.

All proceeds go towards supporting the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation (Reg Charity 1159390).


May Events

Changing Seasons in the Gardens  with Neil Lucas

Changing Seasons in the Gardens with Neil Lucas

One of a series of garden walks, from 2pm to 3pm, offering a unique opportunity to spend time with Neil Lucas in the garden. Each individual walk will focus on the garden’s changing seasonal highlights; from spectacular individual plants to mass plantings of Knoll’s acclaimed grasses, and the rare and unusual trees and shrubs that form the backbone of the garden. En route you’ll also find out a little more about Neil’s work at Knoll, his aim to have a flower in bloom on every day of the season, and how he is looking after the garden’s wildlife.

Book several of the walks to experience at first hand the spectacular seasonal changes that take place every year at Knoll, watching grasses grow up from ground level to five or six feet high in a matter of weeks, and enjoying the garden’s annual journey from the first spring shoots of bright greens to the stunning glow of autumn colour

Book online

Watercolour Workshop- with Maxine Marsh.

Watercolour Workshop- with Maxine Marsh.

A fun, highly interactive workshop, suitable for both those new to painting, and for the more advanced artist.

Based in our marquee and surrounded by the relaxed, naturalistic plantings of Knoll, Maxine will guide your every step as you see your grasses-inspired, floral interpretation come to life as brush, water and colour combine. There will be a touch of pen here, and maybe some sponging or salting there - each stage is demonstrated as you progress and you'll learn some seriously, clever techniques! All materials will be provided.

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso.


Yoga in the Gardens

Yoga in the Gardens

Enjoy outdoor yoga in the tranquillity of Knoll’s glorious naturalistic garden before it opens to the public. Inspired by the weather and nature, classes may be out on the lawn if warm and sunny, a ‘yoga’ walk around the gardens if chilly, or under the shelter of the marquee if a little wet. These varied and holistic sessions may include flowing movements with the breath, yoga postures, breath work, guided relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Classes are taught by experienced yoga teachers Jackie Hayfield and Bex Triggs and are suitable for all levels and abilities. Please bring your own mat. Booking essential.

Further information and booking: Jackie 07955 587772 or jackie@wholeyogawellness.co.uk

Jackie Hayfield is a qualified Yoga Teacher with over 20 years’ experience, a CNHC Registered Yoga Therapist, and Meditation Teacher.

Bex Triggs is 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

£12.00 per class or £40 for a 4-week block (includes entry into the gardens).

June Events

Garden Photography – with Dave Peckham ARPS

Garden Photography – with Dave Peckham ARPS

Suitable for all levels, this relaxed, friendly session, in a small, informal group, will help you learn new techniques for capturing the colour, shape and form of Knoll's stunning ornamental grasses and flowering perennials.  Join experienced, friendly commercial photographer Dave Peckham, and discover how to take striking pictures within the gardens, using your camera (or phone camera) to best effect.

Whether it's the detail of macro photography, the stature of plant portraiture, or perfecting depth of field for landscapes, Dave will enthusiastically share his wealth of knowledge with you, helping you to hone your skills and become a great garden photographer in your own right!

Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in our designated refreshment area, while chatting to Dave and the other participants, further opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens after the session.

For workshop content enquiries: davepeckham@mac.com

Book online

 

Yoga in the Gardens

Yoga in the Gardens

Enjoy outdoor yoga in the tranquillity of Knoll’s glorious naturalistic garden before it opens to the public. Inspired by the weather and nature, classes may be out on the lawn if warm and sunny, a ‘yoga’ walk around the gardens if chilly, or under the shelter of the marquee if a little wet. These varied and holistic sessions may include flowing movements with the breath, yoga postures, breath work, guided relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Classes are taught by experienced yoga teachers Jackie Hayfield and Bex Triggs and are suitable for all levels and abilities. Please bring your own mat. Booking essential.

Further information and booking: Jackie 07955 587772 or jackie@wholeyogawellness.co.uk

Jackie Hayfield is a qualified Yoga Teacher with over 20 years’ experience, a CNHC Registered Yoga Therapist, and

Meditation Teacher.Bex Triggs is 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

£12.00 per class or £40 for a 4-week block (includes entry into the gardens).

Yoga in the Gardens

Yoga in the Gardens

Enjoy outdoor yoga in the tranquillity of Knoll’s glorious naturalistic garden before it opens to the public. Inspired by the weather and nature, classes may be out on the lawn if warm and sunny, a ‘yoga’ walk around the gardens if chilly, or under the shelter of the marquee if a little wet. These varied and holistic sessions may include flowing movements with the breath, yoga postures, breath work, guided relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Classes are taught by experienced yoga teachers Jackie Hayfield and Bex Triggs and are suitable for all levels and abilities. Please bring your own mat. Booking essential.

Further information and booking: Jackie 07955 587772 or jackie@wholeyogawellness.co.uk

Jackie Hayfield is a qualified Yoga Teacher with over 20 years’ experience, a CNHC Registered Yoga Therapist, and Meditation Teacher.

Bex Triggs is 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

£12.00 per class or £40 for a 4-week block (includes entry into the gardens).

Changing Seasons in the Gardens with Neil Lucas

Changing Seasons in the Gardens with Neil Lucas

One of a series of garden walks, from 2pm to 3pm, offering a unique opportunity to spend time with Neil Lucas in the garden. Each individual walk will focus on the garden’s changing seasonal highlights; from spectacular individual plants to mass plantings of Knoll’s acclaimed grasses, and the rare and unusual trees and shrubs that form the backbone of the garden. En route you’ll also find out a little more about Neil’s work at Knoll, his aim to have a flower in bloom on every day of the season, and how he is looking after the garden’s wildlife.

Book several of the walks to experience at first hand the spectacular seasonal changes that take place every year at Knoll, watching grasses grow up from ground level to five or six feet high in a matter of weeks, and enjoying the garden’s annual journey from the first spring shoots of bright greens to the stunning glow of autumn colour

Book online

Yoga in the Gardens

Yoga in the Gardens

Enjoy outdoor yoga in the tranquillity of Knoll’s glorious naturalistic garden before it opens to the public. Inspired by the weather and nature, classes may be out on the lawn if warm and sunny, a ‘yoga’ walk around the gardens if chilly, or under the shelter of the marquee if a little wet. These varied and holistic sessions may include flowing movements with the breath, yoga postures, breath work, guided relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Classes are taught by experienced yoga teachers Jackie Hayfield and Bex Triggs and are suitable for all levels and abilities. Please bring your own mat. Booking essential.

Further information and booking: Jackie 07955 587772 or jackie@wholeyogawellness.co.uk

Jackie Hayfield is a qualified Yoga Teacher with over 20 years’ experience, a CNHC Registered Yoga Therapist, and Meditation Teacher.

Bex Triggs is 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

£12.00 per class or £40 for a 4-week block (includes entry into the gardens).

Grass Masterclass – with Neil Lucas

Grass Masterclass – with Neil Lucas

Grasses and their allies are a huge group of plants, offering a range of unique qualities that make them such versatile, practical, and yet easy care and beautiful additions to our gardens and designed spaces.

Renowned for his expertise on grasses and their use in our designed spaces, join Neil Lucas for an afternoon (from 2pm to 4.30pm), centred around a tour of the garden as he imparts something of his knowledge and experience gained during his 30 years of living and working at Knoll. Neil will show how grasses are an essential part of the naturalistic and wildlife friendly ethos and approach to garden making,  which has made Knoll the respected garden that it is today. Whatever your experience level learn how to choose, use and care for them, and see just how valuable grasses can be for todays gardens and the wider environment.

This is the first of four stand alone classes, and is suitable for private gardeners and trade professionals.

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To obtain special RHS MEMBERS PRICE of £40 please phone nursery direct and quote membership number.

Yoga in the Gardens

Yoga in the Gardens

Enjoy outdoor yoga in the tranquillity of Knoll’s glorious naturalistic garden before it opens to the public. Inspired by the weather and nature, classes may be out on the lawn if warm and sunny, a ‘yoga’ walk around the gardens if chilly, or under the shelter of the marquee if a little wet. These varied and holistic sessions may include flowing movements with the breath, yoga postures, breath work, guided relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Classes are taught by experienced yoga teachers Jackie Hayfield and Bex Triggs and are suitable for all levels and abilities. Please bring your own mat. Booking essential.

Further information and booking: Jackie 07955 587772 or jackie@wholeyogawellness.co.uk

Jackie Hayfield is a qualified Yoga Teacher with over 20 years’ experience, a CNHC Registered Yoga Therapist, and Meditation Teacher.

Bex Triggs is 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

£12.00 per class or £40 for a 4-week block (includes entry into the gardens).

July Events

Garden Bee Walk – with Rowena Jecock

Garden Bee Walk – with Rowena Jecock

Do you know a bumblebee from a solitary or honey bee? Between 11am – 12am join Knoll Gardens bumblebee surveyor, and chair of the Knoll Gardens Foundation, Rowena Jecock in the beautiful gardens at Knoll to discover more about the fascinating world of bees, learn how to identify some of the species you are most likely to find in your own garden and what you can do to help them thrive.

This is the second of two stand alone walks, the first walk being held on 26th April.

All proceeds go towards supporting the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation (Reg Charity 1159390).


September Events

Foundation Friday; in aid of the Knoll Gardens Foundation

Foundation Friday; in aid of the Knoll Gardens Foundation

The Knoll Gardens Foundation is a charity tasked with achieving a better understanding of the relationship between Knolls naturalistic style, the gardens wildlife and the wider environment. Your visit to the garden today will help support its work.

The charity organises a team of active volunteers who are engaged in various aspects of the work at Knoll. Current volunteer vacancies can be viewed here and include roles such as Plant Curatorial and Garden Mapping volunteers.

Interested in Becoming a Trustee? - We are looking for a new trustee, ideally locally based, to strengthen the skills of the Board, and make an active commitment to KGF activities.  Specifically, we are looking for someone with experience in nature conservation, ideally including ecologically based survey work who can help by extending our wildlife and research activities. Further details can be found here.

If you might be interested in any of these positions do please contact us at foundation@knollgardens.co.uk or you can come along and talk with us during the day.

Normal Admission charges apply. No booking required. All proceeds from admission go towards supporting the work of the Knoll Gardens Foundation (Reg Charity 1159390).