Biodynamic Gardening at Ryton Gardens Workshop No 2: Tuning into the Rhythms of Nature, 15th November 9:30am to 1:00pm | Biodynamic Association

Biodynamic Gardening at Ryton Gardens Workshop No 2: Tuning into the Rhythms of Nature, 15th November 9:30am to 1:00pm

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Biodynamic gardening offers a unique holistic approach to organic gardening, and brings a new dimension and understanding of how to work with Nature in your garden.
This series of workshops has been specially designed to enable you to discover and learn biodynamic principles and methods, and practice them in your own garden.  A tour of the Biodynamic Garden at Ryton Organic Gardens is also included. Biodynamic gardening seeks to work with all the forces of Nature and this workshop explores in detail how Biodynamic gardening achieves this in practice.

Workshop No 2 Tuning into the Rhythms of Nature Wednesday 15th November 9.30am – 1.00pm

For centuries farmers and gardeners relied on traditional know how about Nature’s forces to produce their crops. This , the second in a series of 5 workshops [ link to home page ], focuses on how the biodynamic approach to working with the seasons and natural rhythms of can enrich your gardening experience, broaden its horizons, and take it one step further.

Plants occupy a unique position: they live in the boundary between the earth and, the sun and the wider cosmos, and have a special relationship with water, light and warmth (their relationship with soils and the root zone will be dealt with in the next workshop). Creating a healthy garden is about creating balance and harmony between all of these factors, and understanding what different plants need.

What the course will cover :

· Brief summary of the biodynamic approach

· Introduction to natural seasonal rhythms and cosmic forces : the sun, moon, and planets and their role in plant growth

· Exploring The Maria Thun biodynamic sowing & planting calendar, and how to use it to benefit your own garden.

· A look at biodynamic preparations and how to use them.

· Looking at plants differently : root, leaf, flower and fruit crops, and how to marry these with the planting calendar.

The workshops will be led by biodynamic grower and enthusiast Matthew Hayes. Matthew is currently a tutor and development manager for the new rooftop garden at Argent College in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, and also runs his own commercial market garden in Hungary.

About Mathew Hayes
Matthew completed his biodynamic apprenticeship at Tablehurst Farm in 1986 and has worked as a gardener and educator ever since, including setting up an running an organic training farm at Szent Istvan University in Hungary, where he lived for over 20 years. Like many gardeners who get to know and use biodynamic methods, Matthew finds himself ever more convinced of the importance of the biodynamic approach, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience at these workshops.

Cost [Garden Organic or Biodynamic Association member]: £ 30.00
Cost [non member]: £ 36.00
FFI and to book: Contact Phone: 024 7630 3517 Email:
Alternatively, book a place or register your interest online.
Full Venue Address: Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3LG

These workshops are run in conjunction with the Biodynamic Association: and the Ruskin Mill Trust:
To find out more about biodynamic gardening, click here:

Argent College is the newest educational provision of the Ruskin Mill Trust network of schools and colleges for young people with complex learning needs. Ruskin Mill Trust hold biodynamic farming and gardening as a central pillar of its educational method, and runs its own biodynamic apprenticeship programme.

Argent College welcomes visitors, and has its own café, using produce from its rooftop garden.