Cuttings: Lessons at Hodsock

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THE historic gardens at Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nottinghamshire include a Grade 1 listed gatehouse of the early 16th century and a moat. The grounds cover about five acres with some fine trees: a huge cornus, a catalpa, tulip tree and swamp cypress. This year for the first time, the owners, Sir Andrew and Lady Buchanan are running day-long gardening courses at the priory. Learn about Basic Garden Design, the Mixed Border, Foliage Plants, the Winter Garden.

The first sessions are on 9, 10 and 11 March, and there will be further one-day courses in May, June and September ( pounds 37 per day). There will also be two-day courses in May and September ( pounds 70). And there is the annual Snowdrop Spectacular, date depending on the weather (usually late February/early March; admission pounds 1.50). Further information on 0909 591204.