Gardening lecture at West Dean College of Arts and
Please use the West Dean College main entrance, and please park in the College car park (which is situated on the left of the drive before the main house).
This is an evening talk - arrival and time of talk are as follows:
6-6.30pm - Gather for a glass of wine in the Oak Hall, West Dean College.
7pm - Lecture begins in The Old Library, West Dean College.
8.30pm - 'Nigel Dunnett on Planting' book signing
Dr Nigel Dunnett's gardens and landscapes have lifted the spirits of city dwellers for decades. They are beautiful, uplifting places that resonate with the energy of the natural world and stop us in our tracks. But how does he achieve these plantings with their successional waves of colourful perennials, elegant grasses, and pollinators at work with so few demands on irrigation and other resources? In his book he shares his inspiration, philosophy and working methods. He puts his own particular style of naturalistic planting in historical context, teaches us how to read wild plant communities and understand how they behave in garden situations. Finally he shares his plant selection, which includes trees and shrubs as well as perennial and annual meadow plants, and implementation techniques in a neat planting design toolkit.
The exemplary work of this pioneering designer is instructive and inspirational to all who wish to build thriving plant communities that have close ties to nature and provides interest day in, day out and year after year.
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, and is one of the world's leading voices on innovative approaches to planting design.
He is a plantsman, designer and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input, high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature.
As an ecologist, horticulturist, designer, and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces, Nigel's work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input but high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature. Based on decades of detailed experimental work, and widespread application in practice: he works as a designer and consultant and regularly collaborates with a wide range of other professions, and his work has been widely applied in the UK and abroad. He is a Gold Medal Winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, where he has regularly staged main show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show bringing the ideas and concepts of his research and practice in ecological design and planting design to a wide audience.