A 6-hour workshop where you will learn the ins and outs of garden planning, from a local expert who has spent years transforming outdoor spaces.

Join Fiona, one half of the Gallivant’s own Gardening Experts, for an in-depth and personalised Garden Planting and Planning Experience, for 1-on-1 practical advice on how to turn your gardening ideas into reality. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for her bio.

With a focus on sketching your garden design and planting ideas, you will experience your very own Gardeners Question Time with all the materials you will need to plan your summer planting for colour late into Autumn. You should arrive with pictures of your garden as well as any burning questions you have to make sure you leave feeling confident you have all the tools to bring your Garden dreams to life. Fiona will help you sketch and colour your plan, just as they are done professionally.

This workshop includes a 2-course lunch in the Dining Room, as well as plenty of tea and coffee breaks. If you would like to book a table for dinner that evening, see below.

A brand new Special Event which is part of ‘The Happiness Series’, a series of one-off events curated to help you learn a skill that will make you happier.

£145 per person

If you would like to book a table for dinner that evening please email emma@thegallivant.co.uk

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10:00 The day starts in the Summer House where you will enter a group discussion to talk through what you would like from your garden.


11:30 Tea and coffee is served whilst you discuss what planting look you would like to achieve with Fiona, who will begin to help you with your sketches.


13:00 Lunch will be served in the Dining Room, where you will enjoy 2-courses made with seasonal and local ingredients.


14:00 Fiona will supply you with a basic shape on graph paper to help you incorporate the elements you have discussed, to create your master plan.


15:00-16:00 Tea and coffee break. The final hour of the workshop will give you ample time to complete your plan with colours and the shapes of your planting.

If you would like to extend the Gallivant experience, why not take a stroll on the beach opposite us, followed by a warming cocktail before dinner (not include in price, book your table in advance).

In the Summer House

– All the materials you’ll need to plan your garden, inc. papers, pens and other specialist materials.
– A 2-course lunch in the Dining Room.
– Tea and coffee.

This is the perfect event for anyone who is looking to spend more time outside next year and who is interested in potentially investing and re-imaging their outdoor space with the help of a planning expert. This could be the start of a brand new passion!

This is a one-off Experience.


Meet your teacher

Fiona is a well-known figure in the gardens of Sussex and Kent. Her love of gardens and plants began at a very young age, fascinated by how things grew from a tiny seed into a glorious flower and how different colours and shapes worked together.
Fiona went on to train in Fine Art and has continued on a creative path ever since. Her career has been largely in Interior Design, Art Direction and Painting.
Inventive and creative she will help you design and decorate something beautiful and unique to dress your front door for Christmas.


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