Learning Adult learning Courses Art and Craft of Gardening Great Dixter is a renowned and innovative garden that depends on a high degree of craftsmanship to maintain and develop its year round display. This is an advanced course, exploring and teaching the skills necessary for establishing, developing and managing a garden in this style. Teaching takes place monthly through the year from February to January, focusing on specific seasonal tasks and on understanding what’s happening in the garden at that time. The teaching is delivered through seminars, demonstrations and critical appraisal of the garden. There will be opportunities for discussion and to ask questions. The course is suitable for students with some gardening experience whether as a keen amateur gardener or garden professional. While the course covers the fundamentals, the aim is to extend students’ plant knowledge, enhance their technical abilities and give them confidence to experiment and explore their own gardening practice. Course topics The course will include the following topics, each taught and explored in the style of Great Dixter: History, philosophy and design of Great Dixter Soil preparation and planting Propagation by seed, cuttings and division Supporting, staking, and tying-in plants Planting for succession, and border management Pruning in winter and summer Shade gardening Pot displays Meadow gardening Exotic garden Bedding displays Bulbs: using and planting Tender plants, growing and protecting Self-sowers Composts and growing media Cut flowers and vegetables Hedges and topiary Developing borders Tutors: Tutors for the course are Edward Flint, Fergus Garrett and Coralie Thomas. Dates for 2022 Art and Craft of Gardening: 2nd Feb 2022, 2nd March 2022, 6th April 2022, 4th May 2022, 15th June 2022, 13th July 2022, 17th August 2022, 14th September 2022, 5th October 2022, 2nd November 2022, 7th December 2022, 11th Jan 2023 Price: £1980 paid in 3 termly instalments of £660. (Please note that payment for term 1 confirms your place on the course for the whole year.) If you would like to be contacted when new dates are advertised, please email: [email protected] Sorry, this event is now sold out.