Unless otherwise noted, all our days run from 10.00 - 16.30.

A limited number of bursaries/assisted places are available for students; please enquire for more details.

APRIL

Planting design basics                                                                        Wednesday, 18th April @ Walled Garden Treberfydd, nr. Llangorse, Powys  with Sarah Price and Noel Kingsbury.

Colour, form, texture, the building blocks of planting design. Noel's scientific approach alongside Sarah's artistic one combine to provide insights into how we look at plants and put them together in ways harmonious or vibrantly contrasting. There will be innovative practical exercises with models and cards to simulate living plants. We will be lucky to have Sarah as she is 'doing' Chelsea this year; we may even get a sneak preview of her garden!

£130, Book Here

Perennials and meadows; plant ecology for the landscape profession          Friday, 13th April @ Bristol University Botanic Gardens  -   an event organised by a sister organisation, see https://landscapemasterclass.org/

MAY

What makes a successful garden? – a design workshop,              Wednesday 2nd May @ Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire.                   with Annie Guilfoyle

Set in the beautiful grounds of Easton Walled gardens, Annie will guide you through the fundamentals of what makes a successful garden design, starting with basic design principles and moving on to choosing and using hard materials. There will be a workshop element to the day, with some design exercises and an opportunity to think about how to apply these ideas to your own garden. Garden owner Ursula Cholmeley will also take you on a tour around the garden, explaining her design and planting philosophy for each area.

£130, Book Here

Garden Masterclass Spring Event                                                      Saturday 12th May @ Forde Abbey, Dorset                                                    Anna Pavord, Keith Wiley, Harriet Rycroft

It is tulip time at the magnificent gardens of Forde Abbey, the perfect moment to celebrate late spring and the arrival of summer. Our speakers will focus on all things spring in the garden. There will be a garden tour given by Danny Burlingham, head gardener.                                              Anna Pavord - A tale of tulips. How did this flower, this capricious, subtle, powerful flower, first arrive in our gardens? Anna tells its story and talks about some of her favourites.                      Keith Wiley - Woodlanders in spring. Keith will focus his talk on the wonders of naturalistic, woodland planting how to transform the dry shady areas of the garden.                                   Harriet Rycroft – A potted year. Harriet will talk about plant containers so that they earn their keep from spring to spring.                                                                                                       Please note the day runs from 10.30 – 5pm, arrival at 10am when the gardens open

Lunch and entry to the gardens, £140, Book Here.

Secrets of successful summer containers                                            Tuesday 15th May, @ The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, nr. Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in collaboration with The Generous Gardener                       with Harriet Rycroft    

A presentation on choosing and using a wide variety of plants to create summer displays which will look good right up to the first frosts of autumn, including ideas for plants to buy and plants to propagate yourself to ensure well-filled pots for the whole season.

  • Practical planting demo to create a large mixed planting
  • Garden tour with Harriet and owner Mel Tanner looking at the way containers are used in the garden and using different areas to think about using containers in our own gardens – in terms of both practicality and aesthetics. Student participation welcomed!
  • 'Hot Tips and Cool Customers' presentation – container arranging and planting ideas to suit your garden’s microclimates and tricky spots.
  • Demo in which a group of planted containers is assembled, suitable for either a shady corner or a hot spot, giving practical tips for effective grouping, display and maintenance.

£140, Book Here.

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 JUNE

Parham House through the lens - a photography workshop           Monday 4th June @ Parham House, Pulborough, West Sussex                       with Jason Ingram 

  • Using the magnificent gardens of Parham for the workshop elements and illustrated by photographs taken through the seasons, Jason will discuss how he captures the spirit of a garden in wide and macro detail, understanding the light and how to control it.                                                                                                                                  
  • Technical tips and tricks will be revealed as he uncovers his working practice. He will also discuss how he works with editors to capture a garden for a magazine feature, the important images that work to tell the story and how the design elements within the garden are revealed.          
  • Time will be scheduled to give students individual attention.

£140 Book Here

The immersive experience, planting design at the human scale Wednesday, 6th June @ Yeo Valley Organic Gardens, Somerset                       with Dr. Nigel Dunnett

This workshop will take a very personal look at Nigel's planting design philosophy and approach, drawing key principles from his studies of the dynamics and character of beautiful and dramatic wild vegetation, and translating those principles into creating ever-changing plantings with year-round appeal. He will explain his methods of using colour and structure in successional layers of planting. The workshop will be fully illustrated with a wide range of examples of Nigel's work, from the large through to the very smallest, but all created with the aim of creating an intimate and immersive experience of 'enhanced nature'. The day will include a tour of the gardens and meadow grassland. Students will have the opportunity to share and discuss their interests and experiences of naturalistic planting.

£140 Book here.

Dynamic planting design at Trentham,                                        Wednesday 13th June @ Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire                          with Dr. Nigel Dunnett                

Trentham is the best place in Britain to appreciate contemporary perennial planting design. Nigel Dunnett has recently been involved in some ambitious new planting here, in both open and woodland areas around the Capability Brown designed lake. Today he'll discuss his planting design philosophy and approach (see above) but also compare and contrast what he does with the work of colleagues Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart-Smith, who both made extensive, and very successful, plantings here in the early 2000s. Students will be invited to look at how different plantings have developed over time, and how this might be interpreted for their own work and gardens.

£ 140 Book Here

JULY

‘Generative Planting Design for the 21st century’                           Monday 9th July @ Bury Court, Bentley, Hampshire                                 with James and Helen Basson

Together the group will study the Piet Oudolf and Bradley-Hole -designed gardens to analyse planting design and observe how the are progressing, followed by discussion on how to achieve naturalistic planting using a matrix approach with hands on participation in actually creating a planting mix. In the afternoon you will hear about - Taking it to the next step – technological aides in planting design, algorithms and generative planting (planting for evolution and competition not just aesthetics), where will the future take us?

£140. Book Here.

Using grasses and perennials in the modern garden                                      Thursday 19th July @ Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, Yorkshire     with Neil Lucas

Spend the day with the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses as he explores the use of grasses and perennials in the modern garden to provide stunning design, easy maintenance and hugely enjoyable green spaces.  A passionate plantsman, Neil Lucas is acclaimed for his relaxed naturalistic planting style. This special event sees him expand upon his specialist subject to include the major role that perennials can play in the garden: their vivid colour and vital food for pollinating insects providing the perfect foil to the tactile nature, movement and lithe beauty of grasses.

Combined with a guided tour of the Piet Oudolf’s glorious contemporary walled garden at Scampston, this full day will provide practical advice and inspiration as participants come to understand how grasses and perennials can form a near perfect partnership, providing robust planting schemes able to suit most growing conditions and mimic nature to spectacular effect.

Price £125.00, Book Here

Gardens through the lens – a photography workshop                Wednesday 25th July @ Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford                         with Jason Ingram

  • Using the colourful and very diverse gardens of Waterperry for the workshop elements and illustrated by photographs taken through the seasons, Jason will discuss how he captures the spirit of a garden and its plantings in wide and macro detail, understanding the light and how to control it.                                                                                                                                
  • Technical tips and tricks will be revealed as he uncovers his working practice. He will also discuss how he works with editors to capture a garden for a magazine feature, the important images that work to tell the story and how the design elements within the garden are revealed.          
  • Time will be scheduled to give students individual attention.

£140.00 Book Here.

SEPTEMBER

Creating and developing a late summer border                                Monday 3rd September @ Parham House, Sussex                                     with Marina Christopher and Tom Brown       

British gardens are renowned for their exuberance in spring and mid-summer but as the climate gradually changes there are several months when the garden could be enhanced with vibrant flowers and foliage. This workshop will focus on late-flowering plants, and give an insight into the collaboration between Marina and Tom on developing this exuberant late summer border at Parham. Time will be spent in the gardens of Parham with Head Gardener, Tom Brown who will explain the process of soil preparation, design and plant selection. Followed by experienced nursery owner and plants woman Marina Christopher who will talk about late summer colour and the plant associations in the newly planted Gold Border.

£130.00, Book Here.

A collaborative approach to design and planting                              Tuesday 11th September @ Arvensis Perennials, nr. Bradford-on-Avon          with Hugo Bugg and Charlotte Harris

From concept to delivery: In this session, Charlotte and Hugo will share current and recent studio projects including residential, show and public garden spaces. Exploring the journey from conception to delivery, they will cover their approach to concept, design, detailing, planting and construction using visualisations, examples and work in progress.                                           Effective collaboration: Taking a look behind the scenes at their practice, Charlotte and Hugo will share some of the challenges of working in a design partnership; how they have (or haven’t!) resolved them; practical  solutions to working apart and together; how they manage a team of landscape designers in those circumstances; and what to consider if you are thinking of working collaboratively with someone, of whatever design discipline.                                                     Owner Rob Macdougall will take the group around the nursery and offer an insight into the exceptional plant list on offer at Arvensis, taking particular note of trial and demonstration beds that will be looking extremely interesting at this time of year.                                                      Please be aware that Arvensis Perennials is a trade nursery and this day is aimed at professional designers and gardeners but is not an exclusive event so all are welcome.

£140.00, Book Here.

Pruning – a beginner's guide,                                                                    Thursday 13th September @ Walled Garden Treberfydd, Powys             with Mary Payne      

 A chance to join one of Mary Payne's renowned pruning courses, covering an important, but often poorly understood, aspect of garden care. Students will be encouraged to identify the method of pruning required for any plant, based on a basic understanding of the principles of plant growth. Pruning for plant health, shape and purpose will be all covered together with timing, tools and the methods appropriate for a wide range of woody plants. Mary will use the gardens at Treberfydd House for demonstrating techniques on mature plants.

£110.00, Book Here.

'The Rabbit's Eye View' – learning about long-term plant performance, Tuesday 18th September @ The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, in collaboration with The Generous Gardener                         with Noel Kingsbury

How long will plants survive? Will they spread? How will my new border look in five years time? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden plants, focussing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Gardeners and designers can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for the maximum interest. Students are encouraged to get down to see what is happening at ground level to really understand what is going on. A unique workshop which has run so far in ten countries, but the first time in Gloucestershire!

£130.00, Book Here.

'The Rabbit's Eye View' – learning about long-term plant performance, Thursday 20th September @ Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, near York       with Noel Kingsbury

As above

£90.00, Book Here.

'The Rabbit's Eye View' – learning about long-term plant performance, Saturday 22nd September @ Sheffield Botanical Gardens                       with Noel Kingsbury

As above

£90.00, Book Here.

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Understanding Plants – Choosing and using for long-term impact,     Wednesday 26th September @ Hunting Brook Gardens, Co. Wicklow, Ireland                                                                                                      with Jimi Blake and Noel Kingsbury               

Noel Kingsbury presents his workshop on long-term plant performance (see above) in conjunction with Jimi looking at how the extraordinarily wide range of plants grown here will function together over time. Plant selection will be considered from an artistic as well as technical standpoint.

£130.00, Book Here.

Title awaited.....Wednesday 26th September, @ Fairnielaw House, Athelstaneford, East Lothian, Scotland                                                            with Sarah Price

Awaiting details

£130.00

OCTOBER

Lightroom and post production for garden & plant photographers Tuesday 9th October @ Parham House, Pulborough, West Sussex            with Jason Ingram           

For many photographers, Lightroom is the only digital photography image processing software needed. Compact and included in the Creative Cloud Photography plan, it enables the photographer to quickly and reliably import, process and manage their digital images.     

  • This course provides a broad introduction to the power of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom aimed specifically towards the Garden, Landscape and Plant Photographer.                                      
  • "I will be working through my entire workflow on the day. I shall show students how to store images on their computers, how to import them into Lightroom and then produce the magic that can be achieved with a few easy steps using the develop module and all it has to offer."
  • Participant requirements: A basic understanding of photography, as well as a familiarity with using computers and a copy of Lightroom installed on their Laptop.

£140, Book Here.

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Garden Masterclass Autumn Event                                                            Friday Oct 19th @ Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset
Rosy Hardy, Derry Watkins, Sarah Price

The splendid late summer borders at Forde Abbey are truly inspirational.  This informative day will focus on how to extend interest in the garden to make the seasonal interest last until the first frosts arrive.  There will be a garden tour given by Danny Burlingham, head gardener.                     Rosy Hardy – Extending the season with perennials. Rosy draws on her years of nursery experience to highlight which perennials will last though until the winter frosts.                     Derry Watkins – Autumn specials. Derry shows you some lesser-known plants to bring the zing into your autumn garden.                                                                                                        Sarah Price – Plants First. Sarah will give an overview of her working methods and explain how she uses plants as the basic building blocks of her designs.                                                        Please note the day runs from 10.30 – 5pm,  gardens open at 10.00

Includes lunch and entry to the gardens, £140, Book Here.

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What makes a successful garden?                                                             Wednesday 24th October @ Larch Cottage Gardens, nr. Penrith, Cumbria with Annie Guilfoyle

Annie will guide you through the fundamentals of what makes a successful garden design, starting with basic design principles and moving on to choosing and using hard materials. There will be a workshop element to the day, with some design exercises and an opportunity to think about how to apply these ideas to your own garden.

Owner Peter Stott will conduct a tour of the gardens, discussing the use of colour, structure and the importance of layers, including a tour of the growing fields and propagation areas - home to the vast collection of plants including rare and unusual varieties for which Larch Cottage is so well known and which are not usually open to the public.

£130. Book Here.

NOVEMBER

Lightroom and post production for garden & plant photographers     Wednesday 7th November @ Yeo Valley Organic Gardens, Somerset      with Jason Ingram      

For many photographers, Lightroom is the only digital photography image processingsoftware needed. Compact and included in the Creative Cloud Photography plan....... see above for Tuesday 9th October

£140, Book Here.

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Photo credits for non-Garden Masterclass events: Valfredda Nursery, Italy; Geltonas Karutis, Lithuania and Учебный центр Эко-образование, Moscow.