Education Courses

Learn to Relax

Learning to relax is a friendly invitation to come home to yourself. Being present to whatever experiences arise in the mind without necessarily engaging them brings greater flexibility and clarity to one’s life. Six sessions over 12 weeks

Drawing for Beginners

This ten-week practical drawing course aims to inspire confidence in the beginner by achieving the basic drawing skills relevant to both botanical illustration and a fine art practice.

Introduction to Horticulture

A ten-week theoretical course covering a range of topics, from soil science to pruning to plant anatomy. Suitable as an overview of horticulture for absolute beginners, or as a stepping stone to the RHS (level 2) Certificate in Horticulture.

Botanical Artistry: Garden Visitors - Pests and Pollinators

Birds, insects and small creatures will be looked at from a gardener’s point of view in this course which focuses on the depiction of different textures and careful colour mixing.

Pilates: Beginners - Intermediate

Help prevent or ease your gardening back pain with this gentle exercise class. Pilates is a form of exercise that improves posture, prevents back pain and strengthens core muscles.

Pilates: Intermediate - Advanced

Help prevent or ease your gardening back pain with this gentle exercise class. Pilates is a form of exercise that improves posture, prevents back pain and strengthens core muscles.

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique that enhances everyday walking with the use of poles.

Looking through their eyes: Scottish Artists

Draw nature by learning from the work and style of Scottish artists. Over 5 weeks we will take inspiration from the following artists: Victoria Crowe, Elizabeth Blackadder, Barbara Rae, David Michie and Duncan Shanks.

Herbs of the Highlands

Learn all about the natural and nutritious remedies (and feel something of the magic!) of our native Flora Celtica

Painting Rhododendrons at Benmore

The magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore in Argyll offers an ideal opportunity to spend a weekend learning to study, paint and draw rhododendrons, using plants from the Garden’s magnificent collection, in the prime of their flowering season.

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