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Garden Workshops

Join our expert gardeners for a series of unmissable workshops throughout the year. These small group sessions in the idyllic setting of Hillsborough Castle's gardens will teach you hands-on techniques to use at home, from creating a bee-friendly garden to designing the very best hand-tied bouquets.

Want to learn more about our gardens? Join a themed garden walk led by our gardeners to see the seasons change or see the gardens erupt in spectacular colour with over half a million bulbs in bloom for Spring Spectacular

When

28 March - 14 September 2024

10.30 - 12.30

Ticketing information

Tickets available soon.

Ticket prices: £55 (non-members) / £45 (members)


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Mother’s Day Bouquets

Celebrate Mother's Day by creating your own handtied bouquet under the instruction of our resident florist Lorna Brownlee.

Date: Saturday 09 March 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden
Price: Non-members £55 Members £45

Easter Flower Arranging

Join resident florist Lorna Brownlee this spring to create your own Easter-themed arrangement under expert tuition. Maximum capacity of 15 people.

Date: Thursday 28 March 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: In the Clore (entry via gatehouse in The Square). Parking is available behind the Courthouse. 
Price: Non-members £55 Members £45

Lorna Brownlee (Hillsborough Resident Florist) smiling and working on arranging a spring flower display.
Seed sowing at Hillsborough Castle's gardens. Showing a close up of hands planting out a seed tray.

Seed sowing

Join the Walled Garden Team and learn how to sow a range of seeds, annuals and perennial, flowers and vegetables. Get hands on preparing compost, filling seed trays and sowing the seed, ready to take home and germinate. All materials are supplied in a workshop.

Date: Saturday 06 April 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden
Price: Non-members £45 Members £35

Spring Handties

Harvest and condition flowers from the gardens at Hillsborough and create your own hand-tied bouquet under the instruction of our resident florist Lorna Brownlee. Maximum capacity of 15 people.

Date: Thursday 25 April 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: In the Clore (entry via gatehouse in The Square). Parking is available behind the Courthouse. 
Price: Non-members £55 Members £45

Spring Planting

Learn how to plant out a range of vegetables and flowers in the garden with the Walled Garden Team. From preparing the soil, correct spacing and planting depth to getting your lines straight the team will give you expert guidance. All materials are supplied in this workshop.

Date: Saturday 11 May 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden
Price: Non-members £45 Members £35

Late Spring Bouquets

Harvest and condition flowers from Hillsborough's gardens and, under the instruction of our resident florist Lorna Brownlee, create your own hand-tied bouquet.

Date: Saturday 18 May 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden
Price: Non-members £55 Members £45

Photograph of a hand-tied bouquet using flowers from Hillsborough Castle's gardens.

Summer Bouquets

This summer, create your own hand-tied bouquet by harvesting and conditioning flowers from the gardens at Hillsborough under the instruction of our resident florist Lorna Brownlee. Maximum capacity of 15 people. 

Date: Saturday 06 July and 10 August 2024
Time: 10:30 on 06 July and 10:00 on 10 August
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden

Summer propagation

Grow your own plants at Hillsborough Castle's gardens. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to identify suitable plant material to use as propagules and you will be able to select material, and prepare and insert cuttings of a variety of plants using different methods from the plants. Maximum capacity of 15 people. 

Date: Saturday 20 July 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden 

A close up of white flowers of Eucryphia × nymansensis 'Nymansay', (summer flowers) 22 August 2019.

Autumn Bouquets

This autumn, resident florist Lorna Brownlee will expertly guide you in creating your own hand-tied bouquet from the gardens. Maximum capacity of 15 people. 

Date: Saturday 14 September 2024
Time: 10:30
Location: Meet in the Walled Garden 

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Garden walks and tours

Join us on guided walks and tours at Hillsborough Castle's gardens and discover the history behind their beautiful plants and flowers.

  • 13 March - 15 May 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.00
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Events
  • Things to see
  • Families
  • Easter

Spring Spectacular

Witness half a million bulbs in bloom in 100 acres of stunning gardens.

  • 09 March – 06 May 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The Gardens

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10:00-16:00 (last entry 15:00)
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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BROWSE MORE HISTORY AND STORIES

The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

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