Growing in the Border

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Growing in the Border is a beautiful garden in the Monnow Valley near Skenfrith. They offer group visits plus practical horticultural courses and talks at the Blackbrook Estate in Monmouthshire.

The courses take a hands-on educational approach, teaching people of all gardening abilities.

Blackbrook Estate's private gardens have been the creative project of Boo Vaughan for over 30 years. Together with her gardener Kathryn Owen, who has worked there for 10 years, they have decided to share their horticultural passion and knowledge.


Our horticultural courses are offered from Autumn through to Spring. Head Gardener, Kathryn Owen, will be teaching different aspects of gardening including scientific, artistic and design topics, as well as gardening techniques.

Garden Visits

We are open by appointment for group visits of 10-15, from April to early September.

Coffee/tea and home made cakes are available by prior arrangement.

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11th Jan 2024 - 11th Jan 2024

New GardenGarden Design: an introduction and discussionThis Growing on the Border course aims to break-up garden design into manageable parts so one can feel confident in pursuing their own ideas.
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24th Jan 2024 - 24th Jan 2024

AppleFruit Tree PruningFocussing around apple-tree pruning we will go through the steps of the winter maintenance, and discuss the summer prune.
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8th Feb 2024 - 8th Feb 2024

BulbsBulbs, Corms and TubersLearn about the care, maintenance and propagation methods of new bulbs, corms and tubers at Growing in the Border.
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22nd Feb 2024 - 22nd Feb 2024

PerennialsHardy PerennialsExamine how hardy perennials are used in the garden, their care and maintenance.
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7th Mar 2024 - 7th Mar 2024

RosesRoses: pruning and careThis course will give an overview of different roses, their care, and pruning requirements.
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14th Mar 2024 - 14th Mar 2024

PropogationPropagation: cuttings and seedsA theoretical and practical course covering numerous methods of plant propagation and seed sowing that can be used to build up stocks of plants for the garden.
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21st Mar 2024 - 21st Mar 2024

Vegetable plantingVegetable Planting: planning, layout, propagationA course covering the different groups of vegetables, and methods of growing them
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Growing in the Border


Growing in the Border, Blackbrook Estate, Norton Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, NP7 8UB
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Opening Times

Season (1 Apr 2024 - 15 Sept 2024)

* We are open by appointment for group visits of 10-15, from April to early September.

Coffee/tea and home made cakes are available by prior arrangement.

Please email for bookings and further information.

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