Enchanting plants – garden talk with Hester Forde

Gardening lectures and talks

Ref: SGT12544

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About this course

Explore the diversity of hardy trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs you can grow in a small garden all year round. Be inspired by plant combinations and learn how to recreate some of the plant vignettes yourself.

Course Description

This talk is aimed at those with small gardens who want to maximise the space they have and grow more unusual plants.


1.45pm–2.15pm: Arrival and registration at West Dean College

2.30pm: Talk in Old Library by Hester Forde

4.00pm: Talk ends with afternoon tea and biscuits at the College. Followed by time to wander around West Dean Gardens (gardens close at 5pm)


Please refer to times given in 'About your course'.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Notebook and pen, should you wish to take notes.


Hester Forde

Hester Forde is a renowned plants person, lecturer and garden writer. She has more than 30 years’ experience of growing and creating in her own garden at Coosheen. Anyone who has visited her garden in East Cork will know that she has an insatiable appetite for plants. Her garden has featured in Gardens Illustrated and The Garden. She is secretary of the Cork Alpine Hardy Plant Society which hosts speakers from all over the globe. She has recently lectured for Garden Masterclass.


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