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

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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.

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