The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 11 - 13 August
Join the party and dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities.
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Rosy Hardy returns to West Dean to talk about the gardener's mantra, right plant-right place. Which plants work in the sun and which ones work in the shade?
Join West Dean Gardens head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain for an evening talk and tour on Tuesday 5 September. Come and hear Jim and Sarah discuss the trials and tribulations of recent work undertaken and what's new in the Gardens for 2017. Now in their 26th year at West Dean there will be some reflection on that time here as well as sharing their vision for the summer and autumn ahead.
Landscape critic and Daily Telegraph garden columnist Tim Richardson will discuss landscape and garden conceptualism worldwide, focusing on the work of key designers including Martha Schwartz and Kathryn Gustafson. These gardens rely on artificial materials, bright colours and an underlying narrative - they are gardens which can be 'read'. It's the opposite of the English country garden approach, but Tim argues that it often makes sense in urban environments. He coined the term 'landscape conceptualism' and was the first to define what has become an influential international phenomenon.
Charles Dowding explains his no-dig style of gardening, making and using compost, and sowing at the best time, especially after midsummer when shortening days mean that you reap rewards from adhering to precise sowing dates. You will discover quicker ways to achieve healthy, happy plants. Also included will be how to grow salad leaves all year, succession planting and winter vegetables, looking at garlic, onions, potato, parsnip, leeks and brassicas as well as salads, broad beans, spring onion and cabbage.
Discover the practicalities of creating a natural garden; looking at three key elements of garden design. Firstly the concept and research needed, followed by putting your ideas into practice and lastly how to look after the developing garden and all-important maintenance tips. Keith will show how he has tried to resolve these elements during nearly 40 years studying natural landscapes around the world and experimentation at both the Garden House in Devon and more recently at his new garden at nearby Wildside