About us

 The Gardeners Collective is a community gardening project founded in North Devon by Tatyana and Shannon. We focus on encouraging connection with nature through exploration of the garden. Our mission is to give people of all ages the opportunities and confidence to give growing a go, inspiring a love of the natural environment whilst reaping the physical and mental benefits of engaging with the outdoors. We offer a variety of workshops and events, each designed with the group in mind. These include children’s family workshops, beginners learn to grow sessions, corporate wellbeing sessions and workshops to improve nature connection and wellbeing across the community. 

As a Community Interest Company, we are able to access grant funding enabling us to offer a variety of fully funded or subsidised workshops, making learning to grow and connect with the outdoors accessible for all across North Devon. With this, we are able to create projects to meet the needs of their specific participants, particularly great when working with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups of society.

Our team are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of gardening. We believe that gardening is not only an enjoyable pastime, but also a valuable tool that can help develop important skills such as problem-solving, responsibility, and creativity. The benefits of engaging with nature through the garden support physical and mental health and wellbeing, creating opportunities that combat social isolation and bring people together to support each other. 

From our garden at Home Farm, Arlington, we host a range of workshops for both education and pleasure. These are designed to be accessible for all and include our very special projects; The Mini Gardeners Club and The Lady Gardeners Club, as well as a whole host of other exciting gardening workshops and specialised sessions. Our workshops are designed to provide an introduction to basic gardening principles as well as developing skills for the more advanced growers. As well as learning to grow, we aim to inspire our community to make the very best out of home grown produce. Sharing the joy of cooking what you grow as well as using natural materials for beautiful arts and crafts. Above all else, we aim to inspire people to connect with their environment, drinking all the benefits of time spent in nature.

In addition to our workshop sessions, we host pop-up events across the UK. These are a great way for people to explore the world of gardening in a hands-on way. These events take place in a wide variety of venues and provide an opportunity for children and adults to learn about different plants and gardening techniques. Our pop ups are simple and engaging, and we love hearing how they inspire people to give growing a go at home. 

In the meantime, meet our team!

Tatyana, Co-Founder of The Mini Gardeners Club holding sunflowers and a trowel

Co-Founder Tatyana, Devon

Tatyana is an experienced Early Years Practitioner and mum to the original Mini Gardeners, Finn and Noah. As a busy twin mum, she experiences the benefits of engaging with nature for both herself and her children. Find out more about Tan here.

Favourite garden job: Tan loves getting stuck into the heavy jobs, shifting compost, creating raised beds and preparing the plot for growing season. She also loves the harvest, be this edibles or blooms.

Favourite things to grow: Carrots, beetroot and spring bulbs.

Shannon, The Lady Gardener, sowing seeds in her greenhouse

Co-Founder Shannon, Devon

Shannon, otherwise known as @diaryofaladygardener, is a passionate grower from Devon who discovered gardening entirely by accident four years ago. Four years later, she has launched a successful podcast, runs workshops across North Devon inspiring young people to get growing and is starting her own flower farm. Learn more about Shan's adventures here.

Favourite garden job: Harvesting flowers, fruits and veggies

Favourite things to grow: Dahlias, melons and sweetcorn