learn and create

Our workshops are a view of each season with an observation of medicinal plants using your senses. Each workshop starts with a garden walk to explore the variety of plants growing at Phytofarm and a sensory and visual sensation in the drying room. They contain discussions to excite your mind, tastes to stimulate your palate with a variety of edible plants from the garden and the Phytofarm pantry. Homemade crackers, medicinal hummus, nut cheeses, meadow plant pestos, fermented condiments, local goat cheese, plant-based chutneys, mini muffins, inulin rich beverage and seasonal tisanes. Food provided at the workshops will accommodate any special dietary requirements – vegan, vegetarian or gluten intolerant.

The workshops will inspire you to create your own medicinal plant garden, – on a farm, in a suburban garden or a courtyard garden using containers or vertical displays. Discover how to engage with plants to keep you well as we move around the sun. These workshops are a holistic view of “prevention is better than cure” and an observation of accessible local plants, the ones that very likely grow around you, but you just have not introduced yourself.

the workshops

Each season has its own focus that starts with EXPLORE in spring and goes through to DISCOVER in summer, LEARN in autumn and winter INDULGE. Learn everything you need to create your own natural products to use in the home and garden.

2024 Summer Workshop- DISCOVER

In summer the workshop will focus on topical applications using colourful infused oils to make healing skin preparations to nourish and protect the skin over the summer months.

Dates (10am – 2pm each day):

  • Tuesday 20 February 2024
  • Saturday 24 February 2024 (fully booked)


In autumn, the workshop will focus on the value of roots and how berries provide valuable medicine.

Dates (10am – 2pm each day):

  • Saturday, 13 April 2024
  • Sunday, 21 April 2024
  • Tuesday, 7 May 2024
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024


Other times for workshops and garden tours can be negotiated. Please contact Valmai to discuss. Group Specials: Please contact us to discuss any special requests or topics of interest. If you live outside the Canterbury area workshop days can be blocked together to limit travel costs. Workshops that are booked can be cancelled three days prior to receive a full refund. After this time no refunds will be given but an alternative date can be booked for a 50% discount.

Decorating cocktail glass
Infusing a tisane tea