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Organic Gardening for Beginners

The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening for Beginners

Learn the theory and practicebehind all the key aspects of organic gardening.  It doesn'e matter what growing space you have available to you, or what you want to grow - during this 5 week course the complete journey through the growing process is explored - from creating soil, to planting seeds, pruning, pest management and an introduction to the concepts of permaculture.

 This course is ideal for the complete beginner - or anyone interested in refreshing their existing knowledge and maybe getting some new inspiration.  Dress for the weather and be ready to get your hands dirty!







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Spring Beginning Gardening Course


Saturdays from April 5th 2008 | 5 weeks | 14.00 - 15.00 | €40

Nearly every weekend this Spring and Summer, the Cultivate Courtyard Garden comes to life with classes, courses and workshops.  Join us on our first 5 week course of the season to find out more about:

  • organic gardening
  • urban food production
  • working  with dye plants
  • making the most out of a small garden space
  • methods of plant propagation

For more information and bookings contact kathleen[at] 

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Wake Up It's Spring! Start Planting!

Saturday February 16th 2008 | 12 - 3pm | €30 | NEW! Book Online

Bookings with Kathleen: 01 674 5773 or kathleen[at]

A basic introduction for beginners to get started on an organic garden for 2008.  Learn about the entire cycle from planting seed, transplanting, propogation, pest management and the basic principles of permaculture.

Workshop: The Art of Bonsai

Saturday 1 March 2008 | 1- 3pm | €20 | Bookings with Kathleen (01 674 5773 or kathleen[at] )

Take a few hours to learn the skills to create your own tranquil mini forest. All materials provided.  And if you have a favourite pet plant at home that you want to try to bonsai - please feel free to bring it along!

Includes an introductory talk about the general philosophies behind the art of bonsai, some practical demonstrations on how to achieve shape, trim roots and care for your new micro-friend :)

One day intensive beginning gardening

Saturday 1 Dec 2007 | 12 - 4pm | €30 | Cultivate's Learning Garden

A one-day intensive beginners' course to prepare for next spring's growing season.

Put your garden to bed for the winter, and learn lots of new and exciting ways to create a more beautiful, enjoyable and productive space for next spring!

We'll cover how to make your own compost, sowing seeds, transplanting, pests and diseases, permaculture, propagation and lots of handy tricks to make your time in your garden a real pleasure.

If you have a balcony, a roof, a front or back garden or even just a window ledge - you can reap huge rewards from putting in a little time, very little effort - and getting your hands dirty and having fun :)

Learning Garden Workshop

Thursday 26th July 2007 (Friday Cancelled) | 6.00 - 7.30pm | Info & bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What will I learn? The content of the workshops include:

  • An introduction to learning gardens
  • The benefit of having a learning garden
  • How to create a learning garden
  • Practical advice
  • World wide case studies and curriculum examples
  • A guided tour of the Cultivate World Learning Garden

Who should attend?  These workshops are aimed at teachers and those involved in education.  However, anyone with an interest in environmental stewardship, community development and gardening would benefit from attending.


Gardening Classes - Summer 2007

Next term: Saturdays from August 18th to Sept 29th (except for Sept 1st & 15th) 2007
11am-12pm for families | 3-4pm for adults | Please pre-book: €20 for full term (5 classes) or €5 per class (adult may accompany child for free) | Bookings 01 674 5773

Children and parents can enjoy the summer weather outdoors in the city, learning in fun ways about gardening, food production, and environmental issues. We will supply most of the materials (although we may ask that you bring along a jam jar or two every once in a while!)

The afternoon adult class will help you to get started in the garden.  This course is suitable for complete beginners and will mix practical exercises with some theory (Kathleen promises there will be very little homework).

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