Garden Events and Courses

Garden Events and Courses - Scroll down for all events and bookings

Garden Courses- Through informative talks and demonstrations by Rebecca Lemonius and Anna Ribo,  you can be inspired by Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicolson's ageless style,  gaining skills to use in your own garden or garden work.  What we do, when we do it and how we garden here at Long Barn will be covered. Details of individual courses are set out below.

History Talks- Rebecca will hold these in the evening, 6pm-8pm, with a chance to stroll around the garden in the evening light prior to the talk starting at 7pm in the house. 

Coffee Mornings- come and see the garden as the year progresses, with an optional brief history chat on the terrace or under the loggia (all outside), as for other events and talks, pre-booking is essential.


For all events please be aware that Long Barn is a private garden and it is terraced. Many of the paths are original and narrow. If you have mobility restrictions we will do our absolute best to accommodate your requirements but please do email us in advance on lbgardenskent@gmail.com  

For further details and to book events and courses please scroll down. Pre-booking is essential for all listings.

February 

Rose Pruning in the Garden

Saturday, 24 February 2024

10:00am-12:00pm

The rose pruning course will cover training roses and pruning a variety of types.  

There will be warm tea and coffee and homemade cake to keep the cold out

Price: £40

March 

Coffee Morning in the Garden

Friday 22 March 2024

10:00am-12:00pm

Come and see the garden in spring and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a walk around the garden. There will be an optional brief history talk for those not familiar with the garden at 10:30am either on the terrace or under the loggia. The coffee morning will take place outside, so wrap up warm.

Price: £16

April

Seeds, Plant Divisions and Border Supports

Friday, 19 April 2024

9:30am-1:00pm

April's morning course will include:

Price: £55

April

History Talk 1 and Garden Visit

Thursday, 25 April 2024

6:00pm-8:00pm

A general talk on Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicolson's seventeen years at Long Barn. The talk will start at 7:00pm but guests are welcome to arrive from 6:00pm to see the garden in the evening light. 

Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available.

Price: £25 

May 

Garden Observation Sketchbook 

Monday, 13 May 2024

9:15am-1:15pm

Come and draw in the gardens at Long Barn with expert guidance from Anna Ribo:

Price: £60

May 

Creating a border 


Friday, 17 May 2024

9:30am-1:00pm

May's morning course will include:

Price: £55


May

History Talk 2 and  Garden Visit

Thursday, 23 May 2023

6:00pm-8:00pm

Fascinating stories of some of the people who have lived at Long Barn over the past 100 years, including Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Sidney Bernstein. 

The talk will start at 7:00pm but guests are welcome to arrive from 6:00pm to see the garden in the evening light. 

Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available.

Price: £25 

June 

Meadows and Naturalising Plants

Friday, 14 June 2024

9:30am-1:00pm

June's morning course will include: 

Price: £55 

June

History Talk 3 and Garden Visit

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

6:00pm-8:00pm

Gertrude Jekyll, Lutyens, William Robinson and other influences on the creation of the gardens at Long Barn.

The talk will start at 7:00pm but guests are welcome to arrive from 6:00pm to see the garden in the evening light. 

Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available.

Price: £25 

September

Propagation, plants for late season interest, bulbs and autumn sowing

Friday, 6 September 2024

9:30am-1pm

September's morning course will include: 

Price: £55 

September

Garden Observation Sketchbook

Friday, 13 September 2024

9:15am-1:15pm

Come and draw in the gardens at Long Barn with expert guidance from Anna Ribo:

Price: £60