The winter garden – creating and maintaining winter interest with Benjamin Pope

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Ref: S1D11447

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About this course

Benjamin Pope will illustrate the importance of winter interest and structure in the garden, demonstrating how careful maintenance helps the development of your garden. This day includes a practical workshop weaving a natural plant support.

Course Description

The day will begin with a lecture looking specifically at winter structure, discussing how to create movement and interest when much of the garden is dormant. Following a coffee break Ben will guide you through the importance of winter maintenance in preparation for the growing season ahead, detailing various seasonal tasks before taking a walk around the gardens to further illustrate aspects of winter maintenance. After lunch the day will continue outside, with a demonstration and practical session where you will learn how to create interesting growing structures and weave plant supports.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials.

What students need to bring

  • Suitable footwear and clothing for gardening
  • Secateurs
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Benjamin Pope

Ben Pope has been in the horticulture industry for the last 19 years, studying and training at the Merrist Wood and RHS Wisley, where he was awarded Best Practical and Best Overall Student. His work experience ranges from nursery practices and propagation in Australia through to design and horticultural research in London for the practice of Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

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