Farm & gardens  |  White Waltham

Topiary Skills Workshop

£ 60 

To include refreshments

Friday 8th September 2023

9 am -12 noon or 1 pm - 4 pm

Don’t forget to add your menu choices.

All fresh vegetables and fruits are harvested to order, enhancing the quality of our food and minimising waste. Please confirm your menu choice for each person in your party in the 'Comments' box provided during checkout.

Taught by topiary artist Darren Lerigo, this 3 hour course takes place in the incredible setting of Waltham Place, where you will learn everything you need to know about pruning and making topiary - as well as getting some practise in as well! You don't need any experience either. Just a positive attitude to learn and immerse yourself in the world of green architecture. Bring your tools along (shears, snips, secateurs); no need to buy new (although it is lovely to have something fresh out the box!) as we can help you sharpen and clean everything up before we begin.

During the session you will:

  • Learn about the basic tools you need for topiary, how to look after them and what to do with pests on your boxwood.
  • Take a tour of the garden to see which plants can be used and what it is possible to do with them
  • Learn the right technique for clipping
  • Get clipping - practise makes perfect!

Darren believes that learning should be fun and practical so come prepared to do some pruning - it is, after all, the best way to learn.

"Thank you both for a truly inspiring day in the most wonderful setting, and especially for trusting us with your precious plants!"

Workshop Participant, 2020

We are running 2 courses over the day, each 3 hours long, so if you are travelling some distance to join us you may wish to book the afternoon session so you don't need to make such an early start.

If it rains, we will get wet - so come prepared for the weather.

Any questions, please do just ask. Spaces are limited, so book soon. You may also wish to share the idea with a friend, so do let them know!

Refreshments are included in the workshop.

Waltham Place farm shop

Collection Advice

In order to stay in line with government guidelines and keep you safe during your visit, we have put the following measures in place:

All Vegetable Box orders are available for collection on a Friday, from 10 - 4 pm, from The Farm Shop. The postcode is SL6 3JH. Please use the gate by the red post box.


Please observe social distancing and give people space at the collection point.
We ask all visitors to monitor their own health and social contacts prior to the visit.  If you feel unwell, have a fever or have contact with anyone who then develops Covid-19 in the days running up to your collection please cancel and we will refund or rebook you for a later date.