This course will introduce you to the planning and planting of a garden to achieve interest throughout the year and to extend a garden’s use through the seasons.
What students should learn:
• The principles of planning a garden in order to make it suit the user and also to encourage people to use the garden throughout the year.
• How to choose plants that will perform well in the garden.
• How to combine plants to create a good effect throughout the year.
Main topics covered:
• Planning the garden for all year use.
• Introduction to the principles of planting design.
• Structural planting.
• Seasonal planting.
• How to choose and combine plants for all year interest.
• Illustrated talks.
• Group discussions.
• Group exercises.
Introduction to designing a garden for all year interest:
Garden layout – planning the layout or changing an existing layout.
Structural planting – trees/hedges/evergreen shrubs to position first.
Seasonal planting – planting for winter interest in particular.
Introduction to planting design:
The horticultural requirements of plants – soil type/pH/aspect.
Getting the spacing right/working out numbers.
Mixed, tiered planting schemes, practice some planning in groups.
Successional planting in practice.
Sessions 3 & 4:
After lunch there will be a walk in the garden to look at seasonal planting.
A group workshop, choosing plants for a selected border at West Dean. You will be divided into groups and each group given a season, working with this you will select appropriate plants.
At the end of the day you will present your ideas to the class and swap information.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.