We currently offer a series of adult learning workshops, led by local experts, throughout the season. These are run in either the Bryan Mayer Pavilion or the Garden tearoom (out of the main season).
We are always pleased to welcome School groups to the garden. We have a designated education officer, who is a qualified teacher, who is happy to help you organise your day. We pride ourselves in being flexible and will do our best to help you match activities to your children’s learning objectives. We also have staff who are able to support your group activities. We also welcome groups of home educated children who would welcome some educational input. Our education officer could help you plan a unit of work around the garden.
Plants: identifying plants and trees, growing seeds, potting up seedlings, looking for signs of seasonal change, naming parts of a plant, pollination, seed dispersal, flowering plants, exotic plants in our glasshouse.
Animals: bug hunts, pond dipping, identifying insects, habitats we have bug hotels, woodland habitats, birds, making bird feeders.
Observational drawing of plants using pens and water colours, flowers, collage, trees through the seasons, landscape, sketching, waterfall sketches. We can link to the work of famous artists such as – Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, William Morris.
Measuring tree girths, leaf sizes, following maps and directions.
Poetry in the garden, around the waterfall and pond, woodland, haiku, hang a poem from a tree, trees, autumn colour, emerging spring.
Settings developing descriptive writing. Story writing.
Time for reflection, to experience silence and appreciation of nature. Caring for living things, develop a special place for prayer. Meditation and mindfulness.
If you would like to find out more about bringing your school to the Dorothy Clive Garden then contact our Education Officer Jane Hughes:
Telephone: 01630 647237