Garden Masterclass at The Plant Library (1 of 3)
Serge Hill Lane, Bedmond, Hertfordshire WD5 0RZ
8 May 2024 10:00am - 16:30pm

We are delighted to announce our first workshops in the Plant Library and we would love to see you there. Serge Hill Project CIC is partnering with Garden Masterclass to offer three study days at Serge Hill, led by Tom Stuart-Smith, Sue Stuart-Smith, Noel Kingsbury, Annie Guilfoyle, and Millie Souter, from early to late summer.

8.May - Workshop 1 - Bulbs and early summer perennials with Sue Stuart Smith, Millie Souter, and Annie Guilfoyle

Workshop details

The day will start with an introduction by Sue Stuart-Smith who will talk about the newly launched Serge Hill Project for Gardening, Creativity and Health. This not-for-profit initiative has been founded as a Community Interest Company (CIC) and is working with local schools and other community groups to provide opportunities for people to learn about gardening and connect with the natural world. The project is based on the understanding that working with nature can radically transform people’s health and wellbeing.

The day continues with Millie Souter focusing on early summer, shade-planting using perennials and bulbs, grown in sand and green waste, based in the Plant Library. Students can choose a genus to study and observe and compare species along with reviewing and observing qualities for design purposes.

The workshop continues with observational drawings which can be used in design proposals and 3D visuals. Analysing plant choices, communicating using drawings, studying plant combinations and making suggestions, through critique and rationale.

There will be a tour of Tom and Sue’s garden with Derek Hunter, the focus on this day will be the meadow and courtyard.


Accessible parking for those who require it is available at the entry to The Orchard Barn. There is step-free access to the building and all areas. However, there are many potential trip hazards and uneven surfaces that may be encountered whilst visiting the gardens, along with gravel paths that aren’t suitable for walking frames with wheels. Please be aware that due to the ongoing building works at the Orchard, there may be additional hazards to look out for.

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