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Popular Greater Manchester garden centre to host FREE interactive gardening workshops for kids this summer

This sounds so wholesome.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 10th July 2024

A popular garden centre in Greater Manchester is hosting interactive gardening workshops for kids this summer.

The best bit? They’re absolutely free to get involved with.

With the summer break right around the corner now, there’s bound to be plenty of parents, carers, and guardians across our region who are looking for a variety of ways to keep the kids entertained and educated while schools are out for six full weeks – especially if this classic rainy Manchester weather continues.

Thankfully, Dobbies has got you covered, and that’s because little Mancs can head on down to the garden centre chain’s Altrincham store in a couple of weeks time to get stuck into some special hands-on ‘show and tell’ gardening classes.

The interactive ‘Little Seedlings Club’ workshop – which is called Show and Tell and Growing, and is suitable for children between the ages of four and 10 – is happening on Sunday 4 August, and is all sounding set to be a fun and engaging space for children to learn all about plants, wildlife, and the environment.


The free sessions includes a demonstration by Dobbies’ staff, who’ll guide the budding gardeners through the various stages of plant growth, before sharing hints and tips on how to grow strong and healthy plants.

Children will also get to discover the different parts of plants and their roles, as well as get to explore all the diverse habitats where plants can grow.


The special ‘show and tell’ section of the sessions then encourages kids to bring a plant they’ve been growing and nurturing at home, so they can share their green-fingered achievements with the group.

Hannah McAtamney, who runs the Little Seedlings Club at Dobbies, says she’s passionate about helping children to connect with nature at a young age, as she hopes this will help to inspire “the next generation of gardeners”.

Children will get to discover the different parts of plants and their roles / Credit: Chris Humphreys (via Dobbies PR on Instagram)

Speaking ahead of the workshop in a couple of weeks time, Hannah commented: “Our Little Seedling Club workshops at Dobbies’ Altrincham store are really popular with families in the area, and we can’t wait to take kids on a journey of discovery by exploring the lifecycle of plants, and the benefits and importance of gardening and growing.


“We’re looking forward to seeing some of the plants they are growing at home, and we know they will be excited to show them off too.”

The Little Seedlings Club Show and Tell and Growing workshops at Dobbies in Altrincham will run on Sunday 3 August, with two sessions on the day – one at 10:15am, and one at 11:30am.

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You can book a place on the Dobbies website here.

Featured Image – Brian Morrison (via Supplied)