Enrol on our spring reader day with head gardener Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter,
Join Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett for a day learning how to prepare your garden for the year ahead
Great Dixter has been described as one of the most dynamic flower gardens in the world and as such has a great deal to teach gardeners and garden enthusiasts about the traditional techniques used to get such outstanding results.
With the magnificent gardens as the backdrop to your study day, head gardener Fergus Garrett will expertly guide you through the key tasks needed to be done at the start of the year to ensure your garden continues through to a flower-filled spring, summer and autumn.
This is a busy time of year and Fergus’s talk will look at planning and preparation, including creating a timetable, composting and soil preparation, weeding, thinning out of self-sowers, working off of boards, splitting, dividing and planting self-sowers, timing of seed sowing and pricking out, choosing annuals for adding to the display, plus Fergus will include a handy outline of when-and-how to prune. All in all this is a fantastic opportunity to learn best practice techniques from one of the country’s most highly regarded gardeners.
Along with Fergus’s talk, you’ll also enjoy a home-cooked lunch from Dixter’s vegetable gardener and cook Aaron Bertelsen and have the opportunity to visit the plant nursery with a 10 per cent discount voucher.
EVENT DETAILS Tickets cost £110 and must be booked in advance*
Tickets and directions will be sent out prior to the event. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please advise us when booking of any dietary requirements or accessibility queries. For more details about the day itself call Great Dixter on 01797 254048 or go to greatdixter.co.uk Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH.
Online gardensillustrated.com/events Telephone UK 0871 230 7156† Overseas +44 115 896 0368 *A transaction fee applies to all bookings. † Calls to this number from a BT landline will cost no more than 13p per minute. Calls from mobiles and other providers may vary.
9.45am Arrival and coffee 10am Talk from Fergus Garrett in the Yeoman’s Hall, including a break for refreshments 12.45pm Lunch in the Great Hall 1.30pm Tour of the gardens 4pm Day closes with the chance to visit the plant nursery. Don’t forget your 10% discount on plants for use on the day.
TUTOR Head gardener Fergus Garrett is an expert plantsman who gardened alongside Great Dixter’s owner Christopher Lloyd until his death in 2006. Fergus continues to garden in the spirit of innovation and ensures that Great Dixter remains one of England’s finest gardens.