Study Days are led by Head Gardener Fergus Garrett and held at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Developed by Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett, this programme is in its twentieth year. Each Study Day includes a lecture in the house as well as talks and demonstrations in the garden. Subjects are tailored to provide insight into the Great Dixter ethos of gardening. Refreshments and lunch are provided and there is a 10% discount to attendees on plant sales in the nursery on the day.
Using the gardens and borders at Great Dixter as inspiration, Fergus Garrett talks through the varied uses of bulbs in the garden. Planting ideas will include: naturalised planting in grass and meadows; using bulbs mixed within permanent border plantings; using bulbs as pocket plantings and creating bulb displays in containers. Fergus will also give advice on how to deal with bulbs after flowering and what to consider when buying your bulbs.
This look behind the scenes takes you through the preparation and planning involved
in getting a complex garden like Great Dixter ready through the winter for spring and
summer. It will include the garden 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 and a
brief when and how to prune. All in all it’s an in
Learn how to combine plants using colour, shape, texture, repetition and balance. The aim is to bring you closer to designing your borders and associating plants with ease. Includes slides and talks in the Great Hall, plus sessions in the garden.