open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens


Courses 2024

1 Day Courses and workshops

For an informative day where you can bring pictures and measurements of your own gardens and apply Fiona's suggestions to your situation using practical examples. Each one day courses covers a different topic relating to aspects of garden design.

Introduction to Garden Design‘ is a theory based course on the basic building blocks used to develop your garden design. 

Other courses and workshops focus towards the plants themselves, incorporating design principles to maximise results for you situation. 

Our 1 day courses are ideal for those who have an interest in gardening and want to improve their own gardens.

For those looking for inspiration or to try something different in their gardens, our two hour workshops have a lot of practical information and will include a walk around the gardens with Fiona.

Book now below, or contact us for more information.



  • 'Introduction to Garden Design' - Wednesday 28th February & Wednesday 25th September
    • Compact theoretical course covering all aspects of garden design from start to finish, including survey, design process, drawing outline proposals and planting.
  • 'Planting For All Year Colour' - Wednesday 27th March (SOLD OUT) & Wednesday 20th March
    • An enlightening 1 day course where you will learn how to plant your garden so that it looks good and is full of colour for the whole year. Comprehensive plant lists for every situation also provided.
  • 'Everything You Need to Know About Acers' - Wednesday 29th May
    • A two hour workshop dedicated to practical advice on growing Acers in all kinds of conditions.
  • 'The Scented Garden' - Wednesday 26th June
    • If you want to have a garden that not only looks good year round, but smells good as well, this two hour workshop is perfect for you. Fiona shares her knowledge of a wealth of plants with beautifully scented flowers and foliage.
  • 'Propagation Workshop' - Wednesday 18th September
    • This workshop is based out in the gardens and growing area and will include demonstrations of various propagation techniques and lots of practical information and advice.
  • 'Planting For Autumn Colour' - Wednesday 16th October
    • While most gardens have started looking tired by September, this course will show you how to have your garden coming to life again for the Autumn with fiery Autumn foliage and beautiful flowers and berries through to Christmas and beyond

Courses start 10.45am with a hot drink and finish at 4pm. Lunch is a one hour break during which students are welcome to explore Green Island Gardens.

Workshops begin at 10.45am with a hot drink and end at 1pm.

6 Week Garden Evening Design Course

The 6 Week Garden Design Course is a great way to achieve a beautifully designed and planted garden without having to hire a professional.

The course will run for 6 Monday evenings from 7pm until 9pm, and each week Fiona will cover a different aspect of the garden design process, from the initial survey, to inspiration, history of garden design, outline proposals, hard landscaping and planting as well as graphic drawing skills. We share with you the practices and tricks that professionals use to greatly improve your garden design. 

Each week a certain amount of homework is assigned, taking what has been discussed during the class and applying it to your own garden, while this is not mandatory it will ensure maximum benefits from the course.

At the end of the 6 weeks you will have created a design tailored to your garden, ready to be implemented to create your own little piece of paradise.

This course is ideal for those who have a keen interest in gardening and want to improve their own gardens without the time and expense of employing a professional garden designer.  

2024: 6 Mondays during September & October. Exact Dates TBC          

Cost:    £375.00 (Discount for season ticket holders)


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Why not give one of our courses as a gift? Just select the gift voucher option above


  Green Island Gardens reserves the right to cancel or postpone classes should the required minimum attendance levels not be met; in these circumstances an alternate date or full refund will be offered to purchaser.



Talks For Horticultural Groups And Societies

Fiona Edmond can also be booked to talk to Horticultural groups and societies. Her range of topics include:

  • 'Planting for all Year Colour'
  • 'The Making of Green Island Gardens'
  • 'Planting for Autumn Colour'
  • 'Planting for Winter colour and Scent'
  • 'Planting for Scent in Your Garden all Year round'
  • 'Planting for Winter Colour'
  • 'Bulbs for all Year Interest'
  • 'The Low Maintenance Garden'
  • 'Introduction to Garden Design'
  • 'Planting Design'
  • 'The Woodland Garden'
  • 'Acers and everything you need to know about growing them'

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