Garden Workshops


Various dates year-round

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Price per workshop: £45.00 (£35.00 for members)

Price for Summer Bouquets workshop: £55.00 (£45.00 for members)

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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.

Spring Planting Workshop

Join the Walled Garden Team and learn how to plant out a range of vegetables and flowers in the garden. From preparing the soil, correct spacing and planting depth to getting your lines straight, the team will give you expert guidance.

The workshop takes places in the Walled Garden and the surfaces are even.

Date: Saturday 14 May 2022
Time: 10.00 (2 hours 30 minutes)
Location: Meet in the Weston Pavilion at the Lower Visitor Centre

Hillsborough Castle's gardens showcasing Spring Planting
A close up of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen or nectar from blue borage flowers (starflower) (Borago officinalis), mostly in bud. Dark green background and blurred flowers. 

The first Hillsborough Honey Fair was held on 21 and 22 August 2021. In the lead up to this event, new bee hives were established in Coronation Meadow. Bee keeper Gwen Earnshaw owns the bees and looks after them, as well as giving talks on bee keeping and showing visitors the insides of a working hive.

Bee Friendly Gardening Workshop

Led by Gardener and Bee keeper Nicky Armstrong, learn amazing facts and figures about bees, and discover the best plants to ensure for nectar and pollen in the garden all year round.

The tour takes places in the Walled Garden and the surfaces are even.

Date: Saturday 11 June 2022 
Time: 10.00 (2 hours 30 minutes)

Summer propagation workshop

Learn how to identify suitable plant material to use as propagules, select material and prepare and insert cuttings of a variety of plants using different methods from the plants in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle.

The tour takes places in the Walled Garden and the surfaces are even.

Date: Saturday 16 July 2022
Time: 10.00 (2 hours 30 minutes)

Hillsborough Castle Gardens, showing a close up of a purple allium flower against a light green background.
Photograph of a hand-tied bouquet using flowers from Hillsborough Castle's gardens.

Summer Bouquets

Join resident florist Lorna Brownlee as you create your own handtied bouquet and learn how to harvest and condition flowers from the gardens at Hillsborough.

Date: Saturday 09 July, Saturday 13 August
Time: 10.00 
Location: Meet in the Weston Pavilion

The Main Lawn. Showing shrubs in the foreground and trees seen across the lawn.
Things to see

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


Hillsborough Castle

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Illustration of birds, animals, insects and carriage set in green fields
Things to see Families

Enjoy a day out discovering our new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.


Hillsborough Castle

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An image of a pink magnolia plant.
Events Tours and talks

Enjoy the splendour of the gardens after-hours with Garden Manager Claire Woods for an extra special tour celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

07 June 2022

Hillsborough Castle


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