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Growing food under glass – advanced kitchen gardening with Tom Brown

Ref: S1D09793


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About this course

Get tips on soil preparation, pruning, propagating techniques, good varieties to grow, and how to manage pests and diseases for growing tender vegetables and fruits under glass.

Course Description

June is a time when the Garden is bursting with fresh food with a bountiful range of fruit and vegetables grown in the walled garden at West Dean Gardens. Head Gardener Tom will take you through good soil preparation, pruning, propagating techniques as well as the best varieties to grow and how to manage pest and diseases. West Dean Gardens is famed for its range of Victorian Glasshouses, Tom will explain and give his expert insight into how to grow tender vegetables and fruits under glass, giving his tips and an in-depth explanation into how the crops are grown `the West Dean way’.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Note book
  • Camera
  • Clothing suitable for outdoors as time will be spent in the garden

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Notebooks and sketchbooks, drawing and writing materials


Tom Brown

Having worked at RHS Wisley Gardens, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials, Tom then moved to become Head Gardener at nearby Parham House for nearly ten years. Tom joined West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in May 2019 to head up the garden team and manage the impressive Kitchen Garden, Cut Flower Garden, extensive fruit collection and 13 large, Victorian Glasshouses – along with the College Grounds and Arboretum. 

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