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Garden School Programme 2017

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It is easiest to book courses online but if you need to telephone,please call 01604 740219 on weekdays between 9am and 1pm. There is a 15% discount for individuals booking three or more courses when booked at the same time for the same person.

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Date
Subject
Lecturer
Places
March 2017
Places
Wed 15th
Introduction to Weaving Willow Frames
Richard Green
Not Available

Introduction to Weaving Willow Frames

with Richard Green

Wed 15th March
10:15am to 1pm

On this practical half day course Richard Green will demonstrate how to make willow frames of differing sizes and shapes to match the habits of a variety of shrubs and climbers, as he has done so successfully at Coton, rather than purchasing standard sizes from garden centres.  During a brief tour of the garden he will also look at other applications such as willow fences and arbours followed by a detailed demonstration of how to construct the frames using willow and hazel stakes.  You will have the opportunity during the second part of the morning to make your own wigwam, or rose frame, (under Richard’s instruction!) to take home. All materials will be supplied but please bring secateurs and wear suitable outdoor clothing             
(Numbers limited to 15)

£80 includes lunch and materials

Richard Green has been Head Gardener at Coton Manor for the past twenty three years and, apart from his extensive responsibilities for maintaining the garden to a high standard, constructs all the plant supports required for the many roses and climbers in the garden which attract many compliments.

April 2017
Places
Wed 5th
Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings
Caroline Tait
Full

Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings

with Caroline Tait

Wed 5th April
10:15am to 3:30pm

During this full day workshop Caroline Tait will explain the techniques for growing plants successfully from seed, and also by taking cuttings from the garden, which are the principal methods used to produce most of the plants for the Coton nursery.  Caroline will give an illustrated talk and demonstration in the morning followed by a practical session for everyone in the potting shed during the afternoon. Apart from the pleasure of growing one’s own plants there can also be significant savings involved and many fewer visits to garden centres to stock up with plants.

£85 includes lunch & afternoon tea

Caroline TaitCaroline Tait has managed the very successful nursery at Coton for the past twenty one years developing it from modest beginnings to the current thriving business. She has mastered all the skills of propagation and is a regular lecturer to garden clubs and societies both locally and further afield and is highly regarded as a teacher.

Tue 18th
The Importance of Shrubs
Rupert Golby
Not Available

The Importance of Shrubs

with Rupert Golby

Tue 18th April
10:15am to 1pm

The use of shrubs in the garden is often overlooked but they can be key components of the planting scheme.  Rupert Golby, a highly regarded plantsman, and designer, will discuss the merits of different shrub varieties and how they can be deployed as year round backbones to a border.  Rupert will look at their flowering habits and their contribution to foliage combinations and how they can enhance the overall garden appearance through the year with a minimum of maintenance involved.

£90 includes lunch

Rupert GolbyRupert Golby trained at Wisley and Kew, worked for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley and now runs his own successful garden design consultancy as well as lecturing and writing. His first Chelsea garden brought him a gold medal which was a harbinger of things to come.

Wed 26th
Garden Style
Anna Pavord
Not Available

Garden Style

with Anna Pavord

Wed 26th April
10:15am to 1pm

Anyone new to gardening is often told that the first step in making a garden is to take measurements and then draw a plan.  Anna Pavord would dispute this and contends that the first thing to decide is the mood of the garden - formal, wild, cottage garden or exotic to name but a few.  Like architecture and fashion gardening embraces different and distinctive styles.  In this talk Anna provides a fresh perspective on garden design and style which will appeal to anyone contemplating a new garden or thinking of changing the character of an existing one.

£90 includes lunch

Anna PavordAnna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for The Independent and has also written for The Observer for over 20 years. She is the author of several acclaimed gardening books none more so than her masterpiece on The Tulip with its superb illustrations. For many years she was an Associate Editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine and also manages to tend her own garden with considerable success.

May 2017
Places
Thu 11th
The Creation of a Remarkable Garden
Alan Gray
Full

The Creation of a Remarkable Garden

with Alan Gray

Thu 11th May
10:15am to 1pm

The Old Vicarage at East Ruston on the Norfolk coast is one of the outstanding horticultural achievements of modern times.  From a blank canvas in 1973 Alan Gray together with Graham Robeson has established a garden of massive interest and planting ingenuity which should encourage us all by demonstrating what can be achieved over a relatively short period of time.  Initially Alan and Graham were weekend commuters which limited progress in developing the garden, but after moving permanently to East Ruston in the mid 1980s they started to garden on a much larger scale.  Without any intention to lay out an enormous garden it has expanded to cover 32 acres and comprises 17 stand alone, but cleverly linked, garden rooms each with a distinctive character.  Alan’s talk will focus on the development of East Ruston and how it progressed over the years

£90 includes lunch

Alan GrayAlan Gray has masterminded, together with Graham Robeson, the development of East Ruston over the past 30 years.  With only minimal gardening experience he has created the masterpiece of a garden which is now a huge project and attracts visitors from far and wide to see the finished article - or maybe there will be further expansion?

Thu 25th
Pots and Containers
Susie Pasley-Tyler
Full

Pots and Containers

with Susie Pasley-Tyler

Thu 25th May
10:15am to 1pm

Imaginative container planting can complement the rest of the garden and sustain the impression of overall colour during the more difficult stages of the season. During this course Susie Pasley-Tyler will advise on plant selection, identifying those which thrive in containers, and the colour combinations which provide the most striking results.  She will also demonstrate the practical aspects of planting up pots to provide height, structure and the longevity to last through the season using different sizes and shapes of containers.  Choices of compost and fertilisers will also be covered during this half day explaining how to keep the pots looking their best over a long summer.

£85 includes lunch

Susie Pasley-TylerSusie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton over the past 25 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener. She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience.

June 2017
Places
Tue 6th
Redesign your Border Focusing on Colour Combinations
Laura de Beden
Not Available

Redesign your Border Focusing on Colour Combinations

with Laura de Beden

Tue 6th June
10:15am to 1pm

In creating a border we can overlook the importance of combining plants to enhance their overall impact.  There is a natural tendency to select plants for their individual merits rather than how they fit into the theme for a border.  Laura de Beden will address this vital aspect of choosing plants which will be harmonious neighbours to achieve a rhythmic colour scheme to your design.  With her customary enthusiasm and imaginative approach this course will provide an insight into the intricacies of pleasing plant combinations.

£90 includes lunch

Laura de BedenLaura de Beden is a Landscape and Garden Architect, has trained with John Brookes and lectures regularly throughout the country and is particularly in demand by NADFAS. She is involved with many design projects of different sizes in the UK and abroad and writes extensively. She brings an exuberant style to her courses and thrives on audience participation.

Tue 13th
Modernising the Country Garden
James Alexander-Sinclair
Not Available

Modernising the Country Garden

with James Alexander-Sinclair

Tue 13th June
10:15am to 1pm

In this talk garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair will consider how traditional country gardens can be updated to the 21st century.  His approach is based on introducing new visual lines, perhaps through different use of hedges or topiary and reshaping or positioning of borders, together with re-planting with some of the new specimens available to us today. He will emphasise that we should avoid constantly revisiting the past and we can modernise our gardens without ruining them!

£90 includes lunch

James Alexander-SinclairJames Alexander-Sinclair is that rarity amongst garden designers in being an accomplished plantsman as well. After establishing a small practice in London he moved to the Midlands and now designs gardens all over the country with an impressive range of commissions of varied character. A few years ago he presented the BBC2 series Small Town Gardens spicing it with originality and wit.

Wed 21st
Making Sense of your Roses
John Scarman
Not Available

Making Sense of your Roses

with John Scarman

Wed 21st June
10:15am to 1pm

This course marks the welcome return to Coton of rose expert John Scarman after a fifteen year absence on the Continent.  He will cover both the artistic and practical considerations when growing roses.  After a short session indoors he will spend the rest of the morning outside demonstrating the care and maintenance regimes of shrub and climbing roses and also examine pruning together with pests and diseases.  Given the wealth of roses growing at Coton this should make for a fascinating course and provide masses of useful information about the best roses to thrive in different environments.

£90 includes lunch

John ScarmanJohn Scarman is recognized as one of the country's leading experts on growing roses.  For many years he owned 'Cottage Garden Roses' nursery in Staffordshire and a select clientele of serious rose enthusiasts beat a path to his door.  Some fifteen years ago he emigrated to Germany and established a similar operation there.  On his return to the UK he has quickly resumed his previous stature as a rose consultant.

Tue 27th
Planting for Succession
Fergus Garrett
Full

Planting for Succession

with Fergus Garrett

Tue 27th June
10:15am to 1pm

Perhaps the biggest challenge in the garden is maintaining a display in the border throughout a long season.   Fergus Garrett has exceptional experience in devising ingenious schemes to achieve this successfully at Great Dixter.  His half day lecture will address the choice of plants, deciding on colours and achieving contrasting shapes and textures, moving on to successional planting embracing inter-planting with bulbs, integrating bedding and providing for self-sowing.

£90 includes lunch

Fergus GarrettFergus Garrett has been head gardener at Great Dixter for more than twenty years and formed a celebrated gardening partnership with the late Christopher Lloyd. During this time many fascinating changes and experiments have taken place most of which have been chronicled in very regular articles in the gardening press.

Thu 29th
Perennials for High Summer
Rosy Hardy
Not Available

Perennials for High Summer

with Rosy Hardy

Thu 29th June
10:15am to 1pm

Rosy Hardy will discuss the wonderful range of herbaceous plants which will perform during the peak season in the borders and how they can contribute to a fabulous mid summer display.  She will explore the immense variety of plants now available to gardeners, their preferred conditions to flourish, and how to manage them to best effect in the garden. Many of her favoured plants can be seen at Coton but she will bring an enticing selection of choice specimens from her nursery on the day.

£90 includes lunch

Rosy HardyRosy Hardy owns the famous nursery of the same name in Hampshire. Over the past 21 years she has been a prominent exhibitor at Chelsea winning a clutch of Gold Medals during that time. Her plant knowledge is immense.

July 2017
Places
Tue 4th
The Thrills and Spills of Border Planting
Susie Pasley-Tyler
Full

The Thrills and Spills of Border Planting

with Susie Pasley-Tyler

Tue 4th July
10:15am to 1pm

Gardening at Coton is seemingly a never ending series of experiments some of which turn out to be ideal (thrills) and others fall short of the high standards we demand (spills).  It is the latter which can cause a domino effect in the border as an individual improvement alteration can result in destabilising the overall balance of a planting scheme.  Susie Pasley-Tyler will explain her approach and the challenges she faces in implementing the changes without wholesale revision of the planting – although this can occur in some instances.  Part of the course will be spent in the garden explaining the approach to a variety of planting schemes.

£85 includes lunch

Susie Pasley-TylerSusie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton over the past 25 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener. She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience.

September 2017
Places
Tue 5th
Autumn Propagation and Division
Caroline Tait
Full

Autumn Propagation and Division

with Caroline Tait

Tue 5th September
10:15am to 3:30pm

In the second of our propagation courses Caroline Tait will explain the importance of autumn sowing in order to produce bigger, healthier plants with more flowering potential for the next year and also emphasise that many seeds can actually benefit from the winter cold.  Caroline will also demonstrate propagation from root cuttings and techniques for taking hardwood cuttings, suitable for most shrubs and roses. As usual, a practical session follows in the Potting Shed where everyone will be able to participate in the propagation process and take some examples home.

£85 includes lunch & afternoon tea

Caroline TaitCaroline Tait has managed the very successful nursery at Coton for the past twenty one years developing it from modest beginnings to the current thriving business. She has mastered all the skills of propagation and is a regular lecturer to garden clubs and societies both locally and further afield and is highly regarded as a teacher.

Thu 7th
Revitalising the Garden
Robin Lane-Fox
Full

Revitalising the Garden

with Robin Lane-Fox

Thu 7th September
10:15am to 1pm

Autumn is the time of year to be turning one’s thoughts to making improvements which will enhance next year’s pleasure from the garden.  The preceding summer months will have provided many highlights but also exposed parts of the garden or the plant combinations where improvements would be welcome.  Robin Lane-Fox in his inimitable style will discuss how to remedy these flaws and give us a fresh start in the following spring.

£90 includes lunch

Robin Lane-FoxWe are very fortunate to have engaged Robin Lane-Fox to give a course at Coton. He has been a figure of immense authority in British gardening as a contributor over many years to the Weekend Financial Times and a 'hands-on' curator of the famed long border at New College, Oxford.

Tue 12th
Planting Design and Seasonal Plants
Chris Beardshaw
Full

Planting Design and Seasonal Plants

with Chris Beardshaw

Tue 12th September
10:15am to 1pm

During this half day talk, Chris Beardshaw will be looking at orchestrating the garden, the features of the design process and how you can make the most of them in your garden to add character, personality and individuality.  Chris will then look at some of the key players that are worth considering at this time of year.

£95 includes lunch

Chris BeardshawChris Beardshaw is widely acclaimed for his broadcasting contributions on both TV and radio encompassing frequent appearances on Gardeners' Question Time and Gardeners' World. He is also highly regarded as a garden designer, author of several books and is a public speaker and lecturer. He also manages to run an active garden design practice and acts as a consultant for numerous garden projects both in the Uk and abroad.

Wed 13th
Unusual and Long Blooming Plants
Derry Watkins

Unusual and Long Blooming Plants

with Derry Watkins

Wed 13th September
10:15am to 1pm

In this talk Derry Watkins, the owner of the renowned nursery Special Plants, will discuss the merits of long blooming plants and identify those she particularly favours after many years of research.  She will also delve into the secrets of establishing a gravel garden and which plants from her nursery will thrive in it.  Derry will also recount how an American has relocated to Britain and against the odds managed to build up such an outstanding nursery.

£90 includes lunch

Derry WatkinsDerry Watkins owns and runs Special Plants which fully lives up to its name with a mouthwatering list of specimens for the connoiseur. Gardening was far from her first love, writing film scripts while at Harvard University followed by a stint as a photographer but now she observes that gardening every day is vital to staying sane.

Tue 19th
Winter Work
Susie Pasley-Tyler

Winter Work

with Susie Pasley-Tyler

Tue 19th September
10:15am to 1pm

Though not always an inviting prospect doing jobs in the colder months can pay great dividends in the following season.  Susie Pasley-Tyler is a leading advocate of this approach (partly owing to the pressures of opening!) and will explain the techniques and routine involved in the winter regime including cutting back the borders, soil improvement, shrub pruning, weed control as well as re-planting and division of overgrown specimens.  Time will be spent outside demonstrating the practical aspects.

£85 includes lunch

Susie Pasley-TylerSusie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton over the past 25 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener. She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience.

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