We offer both public and private workshops, classes, and tastings onsite at our nursery and at a variety of venues. We are still offering tours and classes during COVID, but require masks whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained. Register online now, or sign up for our waiting list.
This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm on Sundays ($50/person; half-price for students) with an hour for lunch. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of tea harvesting and processing, pick tea from our garden and process for green and black teas. Plus, take home your own tea samples to finish at home and fresh leaves. Can also be combined with tea tasting/intro to tea.
"Intro to the Tea Garden" Tour, Talk, and Tasting (June/July, Sept/Oct)
This is a 2-hour class on Saturdays from 2-4pm ($20/per person, half-price for students). This class provides an introduction to tea gardening, including an educational tour of our tea garden, followed by a relaxed time to talk and taste fresh, hand-made tea. Learn all about Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, and how it grows here at Camellia Forest, and around the world!
"Grow Your Own" Workshop (Sept/Oct)
This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm ($50/person; half-price for students) with an hour for lunch at a local restaurant, as a group or on your own. Activities include learning how to plant and grow tea from seeds and cuttings, potting-up and planting-out in the garden. Discuss the site preparation and basics of care in the early years. Take home your own potted seeds and watch them grow!
General Workshop Information
All workshops require preregistration and are typically held with a minimum of 4 participants and are limited to a maximum of 10. Workshops and classes can be combined for a weekend event or customized (see below).
Tea and weather are on their own schedule and classes are held outdoors under most conditions, though times and dates may be adjusted if weather threatens. Plan to be flexible and wear proper attire: expect exposure to sun, heat, and insects. Visits to the field are much more pleasant in closed-toed shoes.
Sessions can be customized and per person price may be adjusted depending on activities and number of students enrolled. Inquire for larger sized classes/tours.
There is always lots to do in the garden. Feel free to ask about opportunities to trade time helping out for workshops or informal tea training.
If you would like to request a custom workshop, tour, or consultation, or to volunteer in the garden, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.